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.
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