Babycakes Fat Pants Cake

by Maggie on February 8, 2010

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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.

Day One:

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.

Day Two:

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.

Day Three:

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?