A friend of mine just turned 40, and had I planned further ahead, I would have made a version of his favorite Entenmann's chocolate marshmallow cake. But um, I've never had an Entenmann's chocolate marshmallow cake and the Duane Reade by me had none so I couldn't try it to duplicate it.
But actually it's probably better; I don't know if I would have been able to live up to Entenmann's. :)
Instead, I made up a batch of chocolate financiers, using a variation on this recipe. Basically I added 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder (my favorite is the Double Dutch Dark Cocoa from the Baker's Catalogue) and 2 teaspoons of espresso powder to the basic recipe. I sprinkled some of them with cocoa nibs and put chocolate buttons in the center of the others. I always kind of think that chocolate baked goods are pretty boring looking if they don't have frosting or something like that, so powdered sugar to the rescue! (Also, cocoa nibs--so yummy.)
Well, happy birthday T-san! You weren't supposed to eat them all in one sitting, but I'll take that as a compliment...and maybe I'll make you some more in exchange for macarons from LA. :)