The best thing about a birthday is the cake. It is absolutely, utterly, undeniably and entirely impossible to have a birthday without a cake. If you do (god forbid) have birthdays with no cakes, you need to do some finger shaking at your, ahem, loved ones.
We celebrated my fiancee’s birthday yesterday. His real birthday isn’t until Monday, but with work and school we thought it better to do it on a Friday (which was good because it took me a @#&^@%$& long time to frost this puppy). While most people sit around thinking of normal things like sports, politics and whether or not they turned the coffee pot off, I tend to daydream about baking. More specifically, I continually try to think of something new to put inside or on top of a cake or cupcake. My best ideas tend to come to me at odd hours of the night or in the shower. Sometimes (most times) they turn out better in my head than in reality [insert cupcake bomb here]. This one turned out ok though, thankfully.
We’ll start from the bottom. Initially I wanted to do cake-cookie-cake-cookie layering system, but I feared that the cookie would be too heavy for the cake and end up crushing the little bugger. Plus I only have one 8 inch cake pan, so the oven would have been on for an eternity. So I opted to put the cookie on the bottom. It’s just your typical peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe (egg subbed out with flax and water). I stuck it in the freezer for a bit in order to be able to handle the dough without it sticking to every inch of my hands.
The chocolate cake is from VCTOTW…. not much more to say about that I guess.
The icing in the middle and on top is actually the same. Why the difference in color? Well, sometimes I’m a bit of an idiot. I stuck the frosting in the microwave to soften it up a bit to [hopefully] make frosting the top easier. Did you know if you get chocolate chips warm they melt? Yeah, duh. So, what we have here are two versions of peanut butter cookie dough icing, one a little more chocolatey than the other. You just take some cookie dough and whip it with shortening or margarine and make frosting as usual.
The icing on the side is plain ole chocolate buttercream. I would say this one too is out of VCTOTW, but I think I actually pulled it from memory. My Dad made chocolate cake a lot growing up. The icing recipe may just be the only culinary thing I took with me when I left home. Hmm, moving on.
The cookies on the side are obviously mini versions of the big PB cookie on the bottom. I stuck them on there with a dab of icing.
Now what really matters is, Gary loved it! The cake was delicious and it didn’t turn into a brick in your tummy. I do think I need to go to cake frosting school though, or just stick to cupcakes.