Both drumstick and Secret Agent Fred had told me their idea of the definitive birthday cake is chocolate with "white icing." They agreed when I asked them if they maybe were referring to "vanilla" since apparently that's too exotic for either of their tiny little brains.
Everybody at the party laid into both cakes like some kind of pastry locusts. I didn't get any of the streusel and only a couple of bites of the chocolate. I guess such enthusiasm is gratifying, but I wouldn't have minded getting an entire piece. Also gratifying was two of the guests asking me for the recipe. Could there be any more flattering response?
Anyway, couple of nights ago I decided to recreate the chocolate cake so I could have as much as I wanted. Naturally, It did not turn out as well as the party version; the cake is delicious, but for some reason, the icing refused to cooperate. It tastes okay but it's a sticky, slaggy mess at the best of times and this time it refused to come together and instead turned into sort of a tasty glue.