I spent 4 hours working on this little guy. He tasted great.
I make the cake from scratch, I'll send a link to the recipe since it was AMAZING.
It's extremely moist (oh, that word...moist). The recipe includes a cup of fresh brewed coffee rather than water or milk. I HATE coffee, but it ended up tasting so rich and chocolaty rather than "coffee-y."
And prior to baking, the batter looked as if it was drowning, but that is how it's supposed to look.
It comes out like this:
And I don't even like chocolate cake!
I basically just waited a while for the cake to cool. Then I cut out the shape I wanted and frosted the entire surface. Food coloring and some gel icing were the final touches.
As you can see, he was shocked with the cake.