Martha is a chef and the owner of the Charlottesville Cooking School. For her 50th birthday, she had a fabulous dinner party catered by Mike Lund. I had the great honor to provide the cake!

I wanted a flavor combination that was appropriate for January, would appeal to her classic side, and yet be intriguing to the educated palettes in the room. The cake was Almond Sponge Layers moistened with Frangelico, filled with Chocolate Ganache and Mascarpone Cream, iced with a Maple Hazelnut Praline Buttercream.

She mentioned she loves Peonies, so I made a gumpaste peony for the top!

Here is to 50 more!!!