german chocolate cake[s].

before the actual post! if you don’t want to read further & you are solely here for the cakes — i’ve placed the links right here at the top of the page. enjoy! xx.

german chocolate cakes – recipe courtesy — bakers royale {& david lebovitz, see if making full cake}.

candied pecans – recipe courtesy — alix.

nick & i have traveled to so many different places together in just four years. i hadn’t realized until i was sorting through old photographs last week for one of his birthday presents.Β i put together this balloon mosaic in our bedroom sort of as the kick-off to all of his birthday celebrations.





i had written him this long note about how getting older isn’t so terrible & all of the memories in the photographs hanging off of the balloons are proof that every year only adds to the incredible travels & fantastic experiences he’s already had.





the whole thing was to try and help him feel less anxious about the big 3-5, stop worrying about the numbers & to see things from a different light. see life a little bit differently.




on the back of the pictures, there were little stories that, when strung together, made up a large written reminder of just how awesome his life is, even at 35.











all balloons aside, let’s get to the bakes! i baked twice for his big day. the first was a special recipe his grandmother used to make — i don’t have the original recipe but had found the closest i possible could a few years ago. i’ll be sharing this in an entirely separate post. the second bakes were a major labour of love. i thought carrot cake was intense — until i made these. if you plan to make these, give yourself at least one full day, preferably more.Β they can be made up to two days ahead of time & i recommend doing just that.

so for 35. . . .miniature, three-layer german chocolate cakes [since nick loooooves coconut].Β the recipe that i used was a tiny adaptation from david lebovitz {who has some of the best recipes! seriously! the homemade horchata i made for the mexican spice horchata cake was found on his site.} bakers royale decided to take his recipe and make the cake into miniature desserts, which was brilliant. i had such a difficult time finding cake rings to make the individual cakes & torte that i eventually wound up making five extra large sheet cakes and cutting out the cake layers with a biscuit cutter. 95 cakes later and i was ready to assemble. i made my cakes three layers instead of four because — well — three layers & thirty cakes took me two days in the kitchen.


the rum syrup will seemingly smell as though it is going to be too strong but in the end it will pair SO, SO nicely with the cake & pecan filling. trust me. i am all for booze cakes! of course the booze wasn’t baked in but it makes the cakes so sticky and moist & adds a wonderful rum flavour.


i made a slight variation and decided, last minute [as usual], that the pecans on the very top would be best if they were candied. i was honestly really unsure of this as i wasn’t sure if the cinnamon would work well with the chocolate ganache and coconut/pecan mixture. it worked sooo well. if you have an extra hour to candy the pecans [let’s face it, if you’re making these little cakes, you have extra time] definitely do so. i have provided the recipe i used but as i had mentioned — i was in a massive hurry. this certainly isn’t the best recipe. it’s basic but they baked nicely. if you’ve made it this far, the recipes are listed just below. xx.

german chocolate cakes – recipe courtesy — bakers royale {& david lebovitz, see if making full cake}.

candied pecans – recipe courtesy — alix.