In my world, this is a birthday cake. Holy eggs, butter, sugar, you cannot eat this every day. But, it is perfect if you’re celebrating something special, like a birthday! I made this cake for my birthday-cake-hating boyfriend. I guess when you’re a little kid cake is limited to your birthday and birthday cake is plain white or chocolate cake with super sweet frosting. Having this limited understanding of what cake is can easily make you think you hate cake, but when your cake possibilities widen, it’s clear that it’s simply not the case. The second I spotted this recipe on Smitten Kitchen, I knew this was destined to be his next cake. In fact, I spotted it almost exactly a year ago, a couple of days before his birthday. I already had another Smitten recipe planned (her chocolate-hazelnut macaroon torte, she had me at ‘tastes like nutella’) so this went on the back burner. I guess it’s been on both of our minds for the past year, because as soon as he saw it he said that he would have made it for my birthday next week if I hadn’t beat him to it.
It took me a very long time to realize that I should make spanakopita at home. It’s one of those things that is so easy to replicate in a successful way but it just never crossed my mind. I committed to making it and bought tons of spinach and then couldn’t find the phyllo dough anywhere. I don’t know why it was so difficult to find. I suspect that most of the places that I went to had it but that it was hidden somewhere in the frozen section and I just kept walking past it over and over again. Eventually though, a helpful employee pointed me to the right aisle and I was off on my spanakopita adventure.