How about some cake?
As I have been making Madeline's birthday cake this week for an early birthday celebration, I remembered that I never shared the photos I took of the dumplings enjoying a little chocolate peppermint cake I made last month.
For the cake, I used a high quality dark chocolate cocoa and coffee to enhance the chocolate. The frosting is a traditional (American) buttercream that I flavored with peppermint extract. I also added some crushed peppermint candies to the layers. The cake was delicious, and Patrick declared that it was Jesus' new birthday cake at Christmas time. I wholeheartedly agreed! It's a perfect holiday cake.
The only issue I had was that I ran out of frosting! So I couldn't pipe any decorations. Oh well, it sure tasted great. And the dumplings thought so too!
We are thoroughly enjoying our company and can't wait to help Madeline celebrate her birthday at tomorrow's party!