Babycakes Fat Pants Cake

by Maggie on February 8, 2010

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?

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Heather February 8, 2010 at 9:31 am

Oh that cake looks amazing Maggie! Your husband looks very pleased! I bet it tastes really good! Yum! My mom’s birthday is actually tomorrow, so I’m going to make her a gluten-free carrot cake. That’s one of our favorite cakes, I also love coconut cake. I love the processor of making cake!


Heidi Kelly February 8, 2010 at 11:45 am

Hi Maggie! I love your cake! I am pretty new at cake decorating too. My friend just emailed me this link on a new product coming out, called Cricut Cake:
I am saving up to buy it when it comes out! I have taken one cake decorating class thus far and am starting a new one this week. I will be posting on the techniques that I learn to help other mom’s who need to make their child’s birthday cakes due to food restrictions. I made a 3-D cake for Sam’s birthday in October of a Clone Trooper Helmet (Star Wars):
Not “Bakery Perfect” but who cares? 🙂

Love your blog!


Jules February 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Mags this looks amazing! I am so impressed with your new love of cakes, long gone are the days of the Gold Medal Ribbon cake… (who’s kidding who, those are good too)

xo Jules

ps love the cake stand


Maggie February 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Thanks Jules Marie – And welcome to the comment world! Still love the Gold Medal Ribbon, though this cake was awesome. Maybe you can make it for Stelly’s 2nd!


Bernadette September 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I’m looking for the recipe.…and can’t find it


Maggie September 26, 2013 at 7:56 am

Hi Bernadette – It’s in the first Babycakes cookbook. Sorry, I don’t have permission to post it on my site – copyright issues. It’s a great book, definitely worth adding to your collection!


Maggie September 26, 2013 at 8:05 am

I put a link up above if you want to see which book it is. Thanks Bernadette!


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