Done. Complete. Finished. For reasons unclear to myself, the cake failed to rise. It was so flat that I couldn't cut the cake to make multiple layers. So the chocolate Butter Cake with Chocolate Pastry Cream, Chocolate Buttercream, and Ganache lost the chocolate pastry cream. But guess what? It was delicious! John loved it! Yeah! Uncle Lee said it was the most moist cake he's ever had! (and I have to add that there's a reason they call it buttercream. Seriously, that's a lot of butter!)
We went to dinner to celebrate and then returned home for the cake. I gave John his gift. We are going to a Bed and Breakfast this weekend. Time together! It will be fabulous! I found out after I booked the room that it was also the opening weekend for the duck hunt. I'm worth missing the slaughtering of our feathered friends, aren't I?
John had a great day and that's what I wanted. I'm so grateful for all the many things he does for us. Happy Birthday!