Monday, August 20, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me

Last Wednesday was my birthday- it was very nice. Hubby Adam got me a fancy super sharp Japanese santoku knife and (per my instructions) made dinner and dessert. I had belly dancing class that night, so he opted for a quick and classic meal that we refer to as "Tomato Basil Mozzarella." It's as easy as it sounds- and it's perfect for light, fast, and satisfying eating.

And for dessert, it could be nothing but chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting. He was instructed to use the family favorite Hershey's Perfect Chocolate cake recipe and to make frosting that was not vanilla or mint. They came out perfectly- although it took a little assistance from myself to get the orange flavor. It was a fantastic evening!

Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella

  • Fresh Tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh Mozzarella, sliced
  • Fresh Basil, whole washed leaves
  • Fresh Italian/ French Bread loaf, sliced
  • Italian Ham Slices (optional)
  • Olive Oil

  1. Take a slice of bread and dip it in olive oil, not drenching it. Pile the other yummy items on and eat!

The Perfect Chocolate Cake
Courtesy of the Hershey Cocoa Box
Recipe at Hershey's Website

Orange Buttercream Frosting
Courtesy of Betty Crocker
  • 1 C. Butter, softened
  • 3 C. Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Orange Juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  • Food Coloring (optional)

  1. In a large bowl, blend the sugar, vanilla, and butter, beating until consistent. Add milk and OJ as needed to smooth the frosting and add until smooth. Add in coloring if desired.


Cara said...

Happy Birthday! Glad you enjoyed your birthday dinner :)

Martha said...

Isn't the Hershey's cake the best? I always make it with hot coffee in place of the boiling water.

I'm going to have to try that orange buttercream - I love chocolate and orange together. (Our wedding cake was chocolate with chocolate/orange mousse filling, and a chocolate ganache frosting.)