Today is Yom Kippur and tomorrow happens to be my mom’s birthday. I decided to bake a cake as a surprise to augment her already fairly significant dessert table. I know it is going to be a reverse dinner (much more dessert than savory foods) when she announces a menu of strudel, sochinskoe (more on that in a minute), apple cake and another layered vanilla cake. I realized that she is making this delicious break-the-fast meal and yet tomorrow is her birthday and no one really made plans to celebrate. I decided to make a birthday cake fit for a Bubbie: a chocolate cake with raspberry filling and a rich chocolate frosting from here.
Sochinskoe by the way, is another dessert that my mother learned to bake while we were in Baku. It is really a sweet pastry filled with nuts and sugar and vanilla. It is utterly divine and remains one of the two desserts (the other one is her famous strudel) that I have yet to master. After a little bit of googling, I found a comparable recipe and read that it happens to be an Armenian dessert. I shouldn’t be too surprised as there were many Armenians living in Baku in the late 80ies before the Karabakh Conflict. I was there and lived to see too much for a child my age. In any event… it is heavenly and maybe I’ll make it one of these days.
But this post is really about the cake… so here it is in parts and as a finished masterpiece.