Since I have honed my skills and finally created a chocolate cake recipe that knocked the socks off my pop, I told him he could take a break from the kitchen this year (although he insisted on doing his own BBQ and since I'm not one to come between a man and his pit, I'll let him). Chocolate and almonds and chili go together really nicely. The cake is chocolate with some cinnamon and ancho chile powder thrown in for a little warmth on the back end. It is covered in chocolate ganache and I covered the sides in slivered almonds for some additional texture.
Overall, my dad was very impressed and my mom more so. The cakes my dad always made were VERY rich (you'd take one bite and you were done!), so this was a nice departure from that. It also stayed incredibly moist. It was simple and elegant and downright tasty. Here is a picture of the birthday boy enjoying himself some cake:
Happy Birthday, Pop!