For my mom's birthday every year, I typically make some sort of coffee flavored cake, since I know that she loves coffee flavored desserts! In the past I've made her a Hello Kitty tiramisu cake, a mocha pocky layer cake, and a tiramisu layer cake. So this year I decided to continue the tradition by making her a coffee chiffon layer cake! (Boy, have I come a long way since my first coffee chiffon cake a few years ago!)
So I baked up three layers of coffee chiffon cake, and filled them with espresso-tinted whipped cream.
Since I wanted to do an ombre effect with piped ruffles along the sides of the cake, I covered the top with regular whipped cream, and the sides with espresso whipped cream. Then using a Wilton #104 petal tip, I piped three rows of ruffles with the espresso whipped cream, and then piped three rows with chocolate whipped cream (I basically just folded in melted and cooled bittersweet chocolate).
To finish it off, I sprinkled a few gold and silver dragees and white sugar pearls along the perimeter of the cake.
I think I could have even gone with a fourth layer of cake, just to give the final cake more height. But I still thought it looked cute.
Here's a quick shot I took (with my camera phone) of the inside of the cake. Love the striped look of the layers!
Happy Happy Birthday, Mom! Hope you enjoyed the cake and dinner party! :)