The meh: It was mostly "just another day". I worked, M worked late, I didn't sleep well, and I made my own cake.
The ugh: The kids fought most of the day. There was some yelling, a few tears, and a couple of time outs.
The YES: I didn't cook, I bought new jeans, I received a number of birthday texts and emails, we had pizza for dinner (and for a change, I ordered the kind I wanted), and the "cake" was awesome.
So let's talk about cake.
Technically, it wasn't a cake, but a dessert. I made a recipe that I had Pinned over a year ago. It's titled Brownie-bottom Coconut Chocolate Cream Cake. I've been on a coconut kick lately, so this sounded amazing.... and it lived up to its delicious title. I won't include the recipe, because it is not mine to share. I will say this is probably one of the most complex recipe I've ever attempted. It wasn't difficult, but it was time consuming. I made the brownies one day, the coconut & chocolate layers another (about 6 hours apart), and the whipped cream the day it was served.
Layer 1: Brownie. Any recipe will do. I used the Hershey's Ultimate Brownie Recipe. Of all the fancy brownie recipes I've tried, it's my favorite. Next time I would omit the chocolate chips.... it just seemed like a bit much.
Layer 2: Coconut cream. Y.U.M. I went the extra mile and ground down the coconut in the food processor. It makes it a little more fine and less stringy. Worth the extra 3 minutes. Sprinkled between the brownie & the coconut cream are bittersweet and semi-sweet chocolate chips. A-mazing.
Layer 3: Chocolate cream (it's a mousse). Essentially this is a ganache with whipped cream folded into it. I never knew that was how you made chocolate mousse. This may be very dangerous knowledge.
Layer 4: Whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. The one thing I did not like about this recipe was using gelatin to "stabilize" the whipped cream. I think it was too warm when it was time to add it to the partially whipped cream, and I ended up with bits of unflavored gelatin floating in the whipped cream. Not horrible, but it randomly ruined the mouthfeel of the dessert.
Pros: Amazing taste, not too chocolate-y or coconut-y, looks fancy.
Cons: Takes a long time to make, gelatin bits in the whipped cream, and the brownie layer was pretty heavy.
Verdict: I would absolutely make this again. Next time I would leave out the chocolate chips in the brownie, halve the amount of brownie in the bottom layer, and possibly leave out the gelatin from the whipped cream.