Still, birthdays are a good excuse to live large, and when mine came around this week, I browsed through my files and, after due consideration, chose the devil's food cake recipe from the Bouchon Bakery cookbook. Because, I mean, chocolate. Seriously. You can't go wrong with a chocolate birthday cake. Especially after a repast of cheese soufflé and shaved fennel salad.
The recipe calls for mayonnaise, which I have never bought in my life because I think mayo is weird. The homemade version is very simple, though it does require a strong whisking arm. Remind me to rope Amaury into making it for me next time.
Is it really necessary to sift your dry ingredients together? OH, I DON'T KNOW. YOU TELL ME.
If you need some instruction on glazing your masterpiece, here's a video with only slightly ridiculous commentary. I got laryngitis as a birthday gift, so my voice is kinda scratchy.
Amaury takes candle lighting very seriously. Such pretty candles!
Recipes for cake, glaze, and mayonnaise below the cut.