Nothing says love like cake!

"I could never live with my mother!" That's the reaction I most often get when people learn of my household arrangements. True, a single, adult woman co-habiting with her mother might be a cliché (though, since more adults now live with their parents than with a spouse or domestic partner, I prefer to consider myself "trend-forward."). But the nearly 15 years I've been roomies with mom have been the greatest gift of my life.

Though the original intent in moving home was to be helpful to her in her senior years, I was quickly reminded that my independent and energetic little mama can take care of herself (and me, too, for that matter). Mom has been my best friend, travel companion, mentor and cheerleader. She makes me laugh every day, and she inspires me with her grace, strength of character and that "pitch in and get 'er done" attitude that seems to characterize members of the Greatest Generation. She is my hero.

Mom is turning 90 in a couple of weeks, so I've been thinking about how to honor her for a lifetime of making the world a better place. Of course there will have to be birthday cake! Over the weekend I decided to do a trial run of one recipe I'm considering for mom's big day.

The confection I created consists of a luscious blackberry-flavored buttercream (I mixed in a packet of Blackberry Bliss™ Cheese Ball Mix I had on hand from last Spring-Summer season, but this season's Chocolate Chip Malt Cheese Ball Mix would be delightful, too) sandwiched between four layers of Classy Chocolate Pound Cake. Yum! I'd been meaning to try one of those mirror glazes that are all the rage on Pinterest, so I drenched the whole cake in glossy, pink sweetness. Decadent? Yep. But she's worth it. Check out my recipe »

Cakes - before layering

Layering cakes

Classy Chocolate Layer Cake with Glaze

Happy 90th, mom. You're the greatest!

- kgm

Tip: When using a mirror glaze, be sure to frost the cake with a thin layer of buttercream first so the glaze doesn’t soak into the cake.

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