Saturday, July 28, 2012

Simple Sprinkle Birthday Cake

Cake, icing, and cake filling are not safe in our house.  There is a 100% chance that if there is a tub of frosting in the fridge or a bag of cake scraps in the freezer, I will be eating it.  That being said, after I made the cupcakes for the wedding cake tasting, I was left with LOTS of delicious cake parts in our fridge.  Now, I did freeze a few types of filling so I have not been tempted to eat those, but there was a tub of buttercream frosting and peanut butter filling in the fridge that had to go.  Luckily, it was a coworkers birthday this past Thursday, and we were all planning on going out for drinks after work, so I decided to make a cake to bring along.  When I baked the wedding cupcakes I only made 12 of each kind so that I could also bake a 7" round layer of each flavor.  For this birthday cake, I used the vanilla and chocolate cakes, cut them each in half so there were four layers and spread a healthy (or unhealthy?) amount of peanut butter filling between each.

Then I frosted the cake with the leftover vanilla icing.  I wanted to add a little something extra to the cake though.  A little "lagniappe", if you will :)  So I made a quick chocolate ganache and poured it over the top, letting it drip down the sides.  Before the ganache cooled completely I shook on a few sprinkles and called it good.  

Unfortunately, the cake did not look this good by the time I brought it out for the birthday girl.  I had brought the cake to my desk during the day so it wouldn't have to sit in my car.  It looked fine when I left work to head to the restaurant, but after the very short ride in the car, every layer had shifted and slid to the side.  I blame it on the peanut butter filling since it gets VERY soft at room temperature and basically turned into a slippery slide for the cake.  We still ate the cake and it tasted good, but it was quite difficult to cut since the peanut butter filling made it kind of fall apart.  Oh well, now I've learned my lesson.  I still liked the look of the cake and will definitely make something like this again!

In these pictures you can see a little sneak peek of the dresser that we bought off Craigslist.  I've been working on a couple projects for decorating that dresser this weekend so hopefully I'll be able to post about it soon.

I hope you're all having a great weekend!  We'll see some of you next week :)

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