When is your birthday? Is it lumped next to another holiday, like Christmas or Halloween? My mom's birthday is Cinco de Mayo, which always lands relatively close to Mother's Day. When we were kids, our neighborhood held a block-wide garage sale, and so just as my mom was attempting to rid her house of junk, we went to other people's homes and bought her junk... for her birthday and Mother's Day... one big lump of junk. Happy Mothers-Birth-Day! She really deserves an Oscar for her thank you speeches. Similarly, Carson's birthday is June 22nd, which usually falls extremely close to - if not on - Father's Day. I think I have guilt over buying my mom someone else's hand soaps, or worn tennis t-shirts for 75 cents, so I make an EFFORT to separate the two for my husband. I capitalize "effort" because it's not always easy. This year for certain reasons we had to celebrate both in one weekend, so I knew I needed to bake an epic cake.
This cake, THIS CAKE!!! (Imagine I'm violently shaking your shoulders and shouting in your face.) It is just absurdly good. It's my friend Audra's recipe (Audra, it's cool that I call you my friend even though we've never met, right?) and she basically NAILS IT as my son would say. If you like the chocolate and peanut butter combo, then you will die over this cake. The chocolate cake layers are perfectly moist, and in between each is a layer of thick chocolate ganache and peanut butter frosting. Nothing is overly sweet, but it is rich and indulgent and a chocolate lover's dream. Please bake this for the next lumped celebration in your life, or... for no reason at all.