It's just a number but a lot...50 of them : ) The centerpiece for my husband's recent 50th birthday celebration was the white chocolate cream cake or torte I baked for him, shown above. He's not a chocolate fan but he will not say no to white chocolate. As for me, I like all kinds of chocolate especially the extra dark ones. I got the recipe from the Land O'Lakes website while browsing and looking for cake ideas so this was the first time I made it. I had no idea how it would turn out. I must say it was complicated to make, but it was pretty good. The only problem I had was I couldn't stop eating it : ) We had a simple and quiet dinner at home. Below are pictures of the rest of the birthday dinner.
A slice of the heavenly torte served with blackberries and strawberries (shown above). The fresh fruits worked great with the rich cake. Instead of the raspberry filling suggested in the recipe, I added finely ground hazelnuts to the whipped cream that went in between the layers. The ground hazelnuts actually provided a good balance to the sweetness of the cake icing.