A couple of years ago, for my wife's birthday, I attempted to make a chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. Something went wrong, and when I went to unlatch the springform pan, the cheesecake collapsed into a pile! Not wanting to be empty-handed for her birthday dinner, I tried my best to salvage it; I slid the mess onto a baking sheet and baked a while longer to try to get it more set. What resulted is what has henceforth been known as "Birthday Pile"! I went ahead and glazed it with the ganache, and placed her candles juxtaposed all over the pile. It's been quite the joke, ever since.
Well, this year, I thought I would try to replicate the Birthday Pile. Much to my pleasure and surprise, the cheesecake came out perfect! When I posted this picture on the Facebook page, I had several requests for the recipe. And here it is!
Note: In full disclosure, the following recipe is not a Frank original. It is a recipe I found online. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the website upon which I found it, in order to give proper credit.