Here's the birthday cake that I made for my partner's birthday party today.
It started with 2 recipes of Hershey's perfectly chocolate cake, baked separately in 9x13 pans. I split each cake into 2 thin layers to make a 4 layer cake. I made Swiss meringue buttercream (from Woodland bakery blog, formerly crumb boss).
Here is how the layering went, layer of cake, with a thin layer of buttercream sprinkled with shaved dark chocolate.
After all the layers done, I popped it in the freezer to firm up, then trimmed the sides to even them up.
I crumb coated with buttercream, so that the chocolate ganache would have something to hang on to, this part didn't need to be pretty.
Then I trimmed the cake board to just the size of the cake to get it ready for the ganache glaze
Then poured a whole bunch of chocolate ganache over the top. One of these days I'm going to make even more glaze, so I can do one big pour for a smoother finish.
Then decorated it with some more buttercream, I was going to do blue flowers, but I had no blue color, I'm not really sure how that could possibly happen... Still don't own a leaf tip, I have multiples of everything else
I also pressed some "chocolate jimmies" on the sides.
Now all that's left is eating it!