My mom’s birthday was a week ago. Instead of making a cake, I decided to go for something else this time. We’ve done the birthday cake things so many times, that I thought it was time for a change. Not too much of a change. After all, my chocoholic tendencies are genetically inclined. No matter what, I knew that we weren’t going to have anything vanilla. It just wouldn’t do.

I looked through all my vegan cookbooks, but wasn’t able to find a recipe that I could make in Israel. Practically all of them called for silken tofu. I don’t know why, but silken tofu has not come to Israel yet. If it did, I would be one of the happiest campers I know. There seem to be so many amazing dessert recipes that call for silken tofu. Until then, I’ll just need to find my own ways to do things. I’m cool with that.

This time I cheated – I happened to have a chocolate cookie pie crust that I bought in Super Deal, in Jerusalem. If I didn’t have one, I would have used chocolate tea cookies instead of the regular ones that I use in my cheese cake recipe.

There are not many deserts that I find so rich that I need to stop after one slice, but this was one of them. I have a very high tolerance level for rich food. Lucky me.

I know that the ingredient list may seem very long, but even though it has a lot of stuff in it, it’s still really easy to make. I was actually surprised how fast it was to whip together. Not to say that I wouldn’t be happy to spend more time on my mom’s birthday dessert (I think that my Triple Chocolate Cake proves that I can be serious about birthdays), it’s just that there was no reason to.

Mom, I can’t thank you enough for everything that you do and all the support you give me. You are an inspiration to me. I hope that you enjoyed sharing your birthday with us. We love you and wish to spend many more happy birthdays together!

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