In Search of the Ultimate Birthday Cake

There’s no birthday cake more classic than the golden cake with chocolate frosting. Everyone seems to like it, yet finding a good reliable recipe has been a challenge. I have had consistently good luck with King Arthur Flour’s Golden Vanilla Cake, topped with a chocolate ganache (either whipped or not), but I noticed a new recipe on their site that I thought was worth a try.

The Classic Birthday Cake is like a better version of a box cake recipe. It’s less dense than the Golden Vanilla Cake, with a lighter, spongier texture. It’s not better or worse than the vanilla cake, but it’s a nice change. For variety.

I topped it with an unwhippped ganache of 340 g of Ghiradelli semisweet chocolate chips and 240 g of heavy cream.

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