April is a cake month around here.
Miss M has her birthday in early April, and Genius Pants has his at the end. Of course, with each Birthday, there must be a small family celebration on the actual day, followed by a birthday party on the next available weekend.
Are you counting? Because, that's like, Four Cakes, already...
Adding to that, Miss M also requires that a slew of cupcakes accompany her to school on her actual day.
That makes five cakes. At LEAST.
Yesterday afternoon, I made the fifth cake of the month - a very simple cake for a simple gathering of our closest friends, just as the boy, himself requested. It's my absolute favorite chocolate cake, and is a one bowl, one spoon affair. Crazy simple.
The original recipe is specifically for a single layer, to be dusted with confectioner's sugar (which I often make for a quick after-dinner-need-some-chocolate sort of thing).
This cake is also VEGAN. No kidding. you would never in a million years know from the dense, chocolate-y goodness. Next time you need a chocolate fix, I PROMISE this will do 'ya.
Or, you can do as I did last week, and double the recipe and make this Minecraft Cake for your ten year old's small, family gathering.
TEN????? HOW IS HE TEN, ALREADY??? DOUBLE-DIGITS = AARRRRGGGHHHH!
He ever-so-adorably showed me what the "Cake" in Minecraft looks like (who knew?!?!), but honestly, it would have required fondant to best emulate the pixelated squares. I'm not a huge fan of fondant, so I decided to make him a Minecraft Dirt Block Cake instead.
He was cool with that.
So, I'm planning this cake in my head, thinking I'll crush chocolate creme-filled cookies for the dirt, and maybe crushed vanilla wafers with green food coloring for the grass on top...
In the end, I had to make a quick run to the dollar store for something.... Imagine my surprise when the very first thing I see as I walk in was a 12" x 12' square of green, plastic turf.
Well, Well, Well. That oughta do it.
SO-- I made the Minecraft Cake with the Vegan Chocolate Cake recipe, Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate, Chocolate Frosting*, crushed Chocolate Creme-Filled Cookies for the "Dirt", crushed and green food-colored Vanilla Wafers for the grass and.... a piece of that Green Plastic Turf square from the dollar store.
NOTE: I DID separate the plastic turf and the cake with a piece of wax paper, and I washed the plastic with dish soap and water beforehand. It's entirely possible we will all die of some sort of horrific plastic poisoning, but it was totally worth it.
|Underneath the plastic grass, it STILL looked like a Dirt Block.|
And those crushed cookies were totally edible, if slightly gritty.
C'MON! It's a DIRT BLOCK CAKE! Just bringing the realism!
|He liked it, anway.|
|So did She.|
|There was also Home Made Pizza, per his request....|
|And at the end of the day, my sink looked like this.|
|THIS is Andy--- The Culprit behind THE GREAT MAGAZINE MASSACRE.|
I just thought I'd include a picture of my mangy, gangly, 6 month-old shelter mutt for your viewing pleasure.
He's still in trouble.
Nah. I'm just kidding. He's totally not.
*see the bottom of the linked recipe... or look at the back of your Hershey's Cocoa container. It's always there. AND, it really is the best and the easiest, I think. I don't even melt the butter. I usually just beat it all together in my butterfly-bedecked Kitchen Mixer. Totally works.