All three of my children have summer birthdays. So, during the summer my oven is busy baking! I always let the kids choose what cake they want and then I try my best to deliver! I have had some pretty wacky requests so far and have always managed to pull it off.
This summer Maggie (who turned 7) wanted the American Girl doll Molly’s birthday cake, since we went to New York this past July and she got Molly as an early birthday present at the American Girl Store. I got out the book with Molly’s birthday and replicated the cake spot on! It was awesome!
Then, Lucean (who turned 11) decided to give me a challenge by asking for a stegosaurus cake. Is he into dinosaurs right now? No. I think it was just to see if I could do it. (Nice!) I made a cake with the Betty Crocker bake and fill cake pan (you know, the one that is like a half circle) and then chopped off the sides to make legs and a tail. Lastly for the spikes along its back, I used Bugle chips. In the end I think I looked more like the loch ness monster, but the kids loved it!! (I named it Nessy)
Baxter (who turned 2) is just starting to talk, so when presented with the question of “what kind of cake would you like?” he just repeats the word “cake!” and is excited. So, I started thinking about sweet foods that he loves… graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate… OMG! Thats right! I made a S’more cake! It turned out amazing!
S’MORE CAKE please!
1/2 cup of flour
2 cups of graham cracker crumbs (you can buy a box of graham cracker crumbs or just pulse them up in your food processor)
1 cup of sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of milk
2 cups of chocolate chips
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease the bottoms of two 8 inch cake pans (these cakes turn out kinda sticky, so you might even want to put parchment paper in the bottom of the pans to help you remove them). In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl cream together the eggs, sugar,and oil. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients along with the milk, whisking until smooth. Divide the batter among your grease cake pans and bake for about 35 minutes or until done (tooth pick test always works!). Remove the cakes from the pans and let cool. While they are cooling make your chocolate sauce for the top. Place your chocolate chips in a bowl. Bring the cream just to a bubble on the stove top in a small sauce pan. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and whisk until it is all one color. Let the chocolate cool to room temperature. When the cake is cooled, spread the marshmallow fluff onto the top of one cake and stack the other on top. Then drizzle your chocolate sauce over the top. Mmmmmmmm. I placed some graham crackers and a large dollop of marshmallow fluff on top of my cake, then torched it a bit with my kitchen blow torch, just to get that yummy toasted marshmallow flavor. If you wish to do this as well, I recommend toasting an actual marshmallow for the top (maybe even several!). My dollop of fluff was cute for a short while until it melted all over the cake!