It was Pete’s birthday on Sunday and I have NEVER made him a gluten-free birthday cake (until now).
It’s just that we’re not that into cake. Or I should say, we weren’t that into cake. Until I started this blog – notice the title of my blog makes a very direct reference to cake.
I’ve had to make a few cakes since beginning the blog in September. Each cake I make gets me more and more addicted to the process of making a cake. Obviously the frosting is my favourite part! I’m beginning to understand why people make a career out of fondant and icing tips. It’s addictive!
Months ago, when I bought the BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Baking Book, Pete and I drooled over the Fat Pants Cake (a triple layer chocolate cake). Pete really wanted me to make it then, but I just didn’t have it in me – it’s quite a production as you’ll see here.
I’m sure you could make this in one day, if you had the entire day free of toddlers, preschoolers, and puppy dogs. Instead, I made it over three days and that made it really easy for me.
BabyCakes chocolate chip cookies and frosting. I am so happy that the cake recipe calls for 12 cookies and the cookie recipe makes 24 cookies. We got to eat some freshly baked cookies!
I made a couple of changes for the frosting. I followed the recipe for the vanilla frosting but half way through decided I wanted to make chocolate. So I added 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder. And I made sure to melt the coconut oil (the recipe doesn’t tell you to this but it’s a must for all Babycake recipes).
The frosting was really yummy. I put it in the fridge right away, however it would’ve been fine to use right away. Now I know why they sell frosting shots at the bakery. Delish.
The cakes! The recipe makes 3 – 9 inch round cakes. You have to make sure to cook one at a time (the cookbook doesn’t specify but it’s pretty obvious if you know your way around an oven). This was really easy and I even got to taste the cake when a few pieces crumbled away. Holy moly can you say yummy?
I refrigerated the cakes until I was ready to apply the frosting. It was really hard not to cut into one and eat a piece. They looked perfect. Not too fluffy. As I said earlier, I’m not really into cake so I prefer chewy over fluffy. Dense over moist.
Put it all together! I was very excited to do this! I had to melt the icing as the coconut oil had solidified and didn’t soften (even after being out of the fridge for a few hours). Then I crumbled the cookies and placed them all over the cake. The frosting acts like a glue for the cookies. Next time I might go a little more wild with the cookies on the sides of the cake. I was being safe I suppose. I’m just learning (I also need to work on the actual frosting application…I need lessons in perfectionism)!
And so how did it all taste? What did the Birthday Boy think?