Not everyone can press my buttons to push me just that ‘little bit’ over the limit and out of my comfort zone. But I do enjoy being pushed out of my comfort zone, and I thrive under that kind of pressure. The one little person who knows when and how to push those buttons is nobody else but my son. He knows I won’t turn him down and I will make it happen. He doesn’t ask for things often, but when he does, they really are something. When I asked my little guy what he wanted for his 12th birthday, he just said he wanted a multi layered cake with lots of coffee in it. He recently developed a taste for coffee flavoured things and cappuccinos, so he wanted a coffee flavoured cake.
I thought I would make him a Tiramisu cake but he then said he wanted the cake to have 28 layers since his birthday falls on the 28th day of the month. What? I didn’t want to say to him that it would be a a few feet high if I baked 28 layers but it was something I had to think about.
Hence, a painstakingly delicious Tiramisu cake made with lots of espresso coffee, marsala wine and mascarpone cheese between 31 layers of crepes, stacked up nice, tall and straight. A bit of patience will help make this cake a show stopper, every time! I lost count layering the cake, hence the 31 layers.... there's no egg in the icing, as I wanted to keep it for a little longer and freeze it if possible. —Ginni Kelley