What kind of mom are you? Tiger mom, helicopter mom, MILF, sanctimommy, yummy mommy, alpha mommy, holistic mommy, yelly-bossy mommy? I’m the kind of mom that needs a glass of wine at the end of the day or even better a Negroni neat.
Welcome to September. September is not only back to school, clean last year wrappers from the back packs, realize all shoes smell and look like a wet rat, sign up for swimming at incredibly inconvenient to reach pool, travel soccer bonanza month. It is also lucky me, every-one in my family, birthday month. Don’t get me wrong. I do love a good birthday party and I give it up big for my kids. No restraints when it comes to baking a layer cake or singing as loud as I can the happy birthday tunes at Skyzone — in case you don’t know, that’s were lucifer fell from the sky and decided the build his headquarters while making a profit off kids high on sugar jumping on trampolines and hitting each others as hard as the can during the ultimate dodgeball game.
My son has simple taste when it comes to cakes. Boston Cream is his favorite cake. Every year we leaf together through all my recipes and my cooking books in search of the perfect birthday cake. Every year we come back to this custardy and chocolaty three layer wander. The soft sponge cake layers are sandwiched and kept in place with a smooth and silky vanilla custard and then topped with an intense and bittersweet chocolate ganache, the kind that drips gracefully down the sides. The cake looks impressive and it might seem hard to make but it’s actually very simple — if you get organized and follow the directions step by step. I make the sponge layers and the custard they day before the birthday; then I assemble the cake on a pretty stand and make the ganache an hour or two before I need to serve it. My son measures all the ingredients and he is in charge of bowl and spoons licking, something he manages to do very efficiently.
Oh, hey just in case you are interested, a good and nerve calming Negroni is 1 part dry Gin, 1 part Campari, 1 part Vermouth rosso. Ice. Stir. Repeat.