Get a Taste of Nathan Fillion’s ‘Death by Chocolate’ Birthday Cake

04/01/2014 at 03:14 PM ET

Nathan Fillion Birthday Cake
Derek Shook

Nathan Fillion: What are you wishing for as you blow out those candles?

Not for a better birthday cake, that’s for sure. The towering confection at the Castle star’s 43rd birthday bash in West Hollywood had more chocolate than you’d find at Willy Wonka’s factory: three tiers of devil’s food cake layered with bittersweet chocolate mousse and crunchy Valrhona chocolate pearls, all covered in a ganache made from two types of chocolate and garnished with bittersweet chocolate shavings.

“He is a chocolate fiend,” says Linda Chen, owner of Bittersweet Treats Bakery in L.A., of Fillion. She and her team made the 50-pound cake for the actor, plus put together a buffet of smaller sweets. “The whole thing was death by chocolate.”

On the dessert table were bittersweet truffles made from dark chocolate and rolled in cocoa powder from France, devil’s food cupcakes topped with toasted meringue, chocolate whoopie pies and two types of Barreos, the bakery’s signature riff on Oreo cookies. “One with our vanilla bean filling and the other with our espresso cinnamon filling made with Lamill coffee,” Chen says.

But the Chocolate Crunch cake — the most popular at the bakery — stole the show, even before Fillion blew out the candles. And you may recognize it: It was the cake that won Chen’s former partner, Danielle Keene, the wedding challenge on the first season Top Chef: Just Desserts.

Which was sweeter: the desserts or the birthday boy? Chen couldn’t stop raving about how “delightful” Fillion was as a customer.

“I have to say that he and his staff are some of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with,” Chen says. “There was no pretentiousness about him. He was just so down to earth and so sweet.”

Seems fitting.

—Marissa Conrad

FILED UNDER: Cake , Chocolate , Dessert , Food

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Gretchen on

Love, love, love, Nathan Fillion! I’m a Browncoat to the core, and a fan of his no matter what show he’s on! That cake looks amazing, and sounds as if it’s even yummier than it looks……

Jaynes on

So he went in and ordered and purchased his own birthday cake? That’s sad.

Sheena on

Belated Happy Birthday, Nathan. Guess us Aires are chocoholics!!

Annie on

Jaynes: I don’t think it’s all that sad. Nathan Fillion loves to do things for other people and did you read the article about his party, he refused all gifts and on a guess, a lot of people would have been more than happy to buy him a cake, but he wanted to do it himself because that’s just the kind of person he is. A very sweet, generous person who would rather do for others than have people do for him.

Solange Vieira on

I love Nathan!!!
He is very happy and continue with much success