Nut-Free Chocolate Birthday Cake Mariel Lewis September 2, 2015 American, Dairy Free, Desserts, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Paleo, Soy Free, Treats, Vegetarian If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw this blog post coming. I took a picture of my birthday cake a few days ago and shared it with all of my Instagram followers. I felt compelled to share my treat-driven excitement, because I could not handle the cuteness or the yumminess of what was in front of me! My caption said I’d be posting the recipe sometime soon, so here I am, ready to share with you the secret of how to make this wonderful dessert! This rich, smooth, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free cake was prepared by yours truly as a treat to enjoy after dinner on the night of my birthday. It turned out delicious and it was not hard to make at all. I made it the night before to avoid having to spend anytime during my birthday baking in the kitchen…and also made it the night before, so that it would stay as fresh as possible. If you’re having a birthday soon, I recommend you do the same. It was the most convenient thing to do, and was also very stress free. After the cake was done baking and cooled off completely, I cut it in half (horizontally) and added apricot jam in the middle. This way, my cake ended up having a bottom chocolate cake layer, a middle jam layer, and a top chocolate cake layer. I also topped the cake with chocolate ganache, which was perfect, because the ganache hardened overnight in the refrigerator and it gave my cake a very slick, professional look (score!) It was seriously beautiful; I was proud and excited. Nothing better than having a cute cake for your birthday, that you know won’t get you sick or make you feel gross after eating it. On the day of my birthday, and after dinner was over, we topped the cake with some fun candles; a “2” and an “8” sat neatly on top of the ganache. Yup, I am getting old. However, while I was sitting on the dinner table and had this cake in front of me with all of the candles lit on, I felt like I was 10 all over again…there is something magical about making wishes and being celebrated that makes age irrelevant. Birthdays rock, don’t you agree? If you have a birthday coming up, or someone in your family has a birthday coming up, give this cake a try! You can always use another type of jam in the middle, if apricot is not your favorite (any type of berry jam or even an orange jam would go really well with the dark chocolate!) Get the full recipe here!