May 20, 2009

The Cake Slice: Mile-High Devil's Food Cake


It was my youngest son's birthday this month and all he ever wanted was a treasure chest birthday cake. He got this idea from a kid's cookbook his brother borrowed from the library months ago. As soon as he saw the picture, he told me right away he wanted a "pirate cake" (as he calls it) for his birthday. For weeks, he would ask me if I remember the cake from the cookbook and he would tell his brothers how cool it would be. I couldn't disappoint the little guy.

I've never constructed a "pirate cake" before and never thought I would but I guess, that's one of the little perks motherhood gives you. :) I baked the cake in a sheet pan, cut it into four pieces and layered three to create the base of the treasure chest; the fourth piece was used as the cover.

This month's cake had our choice from two frostings: Brown Sugar 7-Minute Frosting or Brown Sugar Buttercream. I chose the 7-minute frosting. After I frosted the cake, all my boys (husband included) helped put all the treasures in the cake and I think we went a little overboard (excuse the pun). Chocolate coins, rock candies, ring pops and candy necklaces galore! I even got some candy-coated chocolate chunks that looked just like pebbles and scattered them around the base. It's too bad I couldn't give you guys a better picture, I didn't realize my camera battery died. My sister to the rescue and took pictures with her iphone. This was the most decent one.

The cake was delicious, very chocolate-y and felt light in your mouth. The frosting was sweet like caramel with a hint of molasses. Another cake I'm sure I will be making again. I'd like to use the other frosting (buttercream) with this and compare. I'm sure I'd love it, too! Please visit my fellow bakers at The Cake Slice Bakers for their lovely creations.

Print recipe for Mile-High Devil's Food Cake

15 comments:

Jo said...

Oh wow, this is so cute and amazing! I love the way you have turned this challenge into something else altogether different. I bet the "little guy" wasn't disappointed one single bit. Great, great job!

Katie said...

Wow! Just wow! So creative it looks fabulous. I bet ti went down a storm.

Debbie said...

Never have I see a finer "pirate cake". You did a wondeful job.

symphonious sweets said...

Wow!! your son is so lucky! what a great cake!

Tangled Noodle said...

Fantastic cake! I'm sure it tasted great but I would've had a hard time cutting into something so intricate and gorgeous.

Monica H said...

What a great job and a fabulous birthday cake, I'm sure your son loved it!

The buttercream was delicious--you should try it!

BICE said...

Hi Caroline, your cake is very beautiful
congratulations.
Very original.
Your child will have very very happy.

PheMom said...

Well that is just seriously way too cool! What a lucky boy!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

wow--awesome job on the pirate cake! that's one lucky kids!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Wow what a cool cake!! :D

The Bahens said...

That is one cool cake! My 3-year-old would be so jealous--if I showed it to her, which I won't because then I'd have to make one for her birthday!

Anonymous said...

EVERY kid deserves a pirate cake on their birthday!!! Yo Ho Yummy!

Moogie said...

Your cake is so darn cute. I love it!

Michele said...

What an amazing cake! Great job!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Caroline your cake is magnificent - kudos to you!

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