My husband was blessed with being born during the Season of Giving, so every seven years or so, this year being one of them, Tim's birthday falls on Thanksgiving.
Spencer gets quite revved during holidays because they provide a great excuse to make great cakes. A double holiday leads to double the reason to make a doubly good cake.
We dubbed this cake "the 007" given the timeliness of the newest James Bond flick, and because of all of the gadgets that were used to create it. But, as an afterthought, we realized that this "the 007" was also appropriately dubbed for this Double Occasion: Thanksgiving with our crew of 5 and Tim's 52nd.
GERMAN CHOCOLATE SPELT CAKE - renamed the DOUBLE OCCASION "007" CAKE
This is at least a two person job (another double). No person (especially a 14 or 15 year old) should be expected to make this alone. Spencer spent approximately 5 hours making this incredibly delicious and rich concoction of layers of chocolate, butter, sugar, coconut, and pecans. I spent about 6 hours following him around and cleaning up every bowl, gadget and pan it took to create this Double Occasion cake.
Ingredients (adapted from AllRecipes.com but revised significantly to meet our spelt and all natural requirements)
1/2 cup water
4 ounces German sweet chocolate
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups organic cane sugar
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1 cup milk (need to make into buttermilk with lemon)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon
2 1/2 cups organic white spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 egg whites
1 cup organic cane sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
3 egg yolks, beaten
1 1/3 cups flaked organic coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
ENJOY - and then go for a 30 block walk (twice!) in order to work off some of the double calories gained from this double treat.