Who has two thumbs, sticks candles in a cheesecake and calls it her birthday cake?  This girl.  Yep, I’m another year older, and we marked the occasion with this divine dessert.  Normally I treat my birthday cake selection as a matter of great importance.  There are numerous possibilities that I consider, taking the whole thing far too seriously.  This year for whatever reason, there was no debate.  I realized I hadn’t made a cheesecake in probably close to two years, decided it most certainly had to be chocolate, and that was that.  Case closed.

I can’t say I regret the decision in the slightest.  In fact, I’m going to say that this is the best birthday selection I’ve made since the chocolate overdose cake.  (Are you seeing a pattern here?)  You really can’t go wrong with a chocolate cookie crust, rich and silky cheesecake filling, and glossy ganache topping it all off.  Andrew has been really into birthdays lately – whose birthday is next, etc., and he selected these birthday candles for me.  What can I say?  He’s got great taste!  He was very excited to help me blow them out.  Even though this was a birthday cake in our house, I’m sharing it now because I think it’s ideal for Valentine’s Day.  V-day desserts typically fall into one of three categories:  red/pink, heart-shaped, or super chocolatey.  At least for me, the latter wins my heart every time.