In celebration of my husbands 25th Birthday today I thought I would write a post about his birthday cake 🙂 Every year I look forward to making him something new and different for his birthday. So this year I thought putting some of his favorite things together would be a fun recipe to try out, of course I had to get his approval. In the end, we decided a French Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Frosting would be the perfect fit 🙂 I also wanted to do a fun and new design that would fit him perfectly, which brought the truck on front in full view- he loved that idea! This years cake turned out to be a winner seeing the smile on my husbands face was priceless ❤
I took the French Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home Baking Cookbook and put my spin on it. I changed the coffee flavor, type of flour and used 2 different kinds of milk. Begin the recipe by making one cup of coffee, we used French Vanilla but you could use any kind, and allow this to cool while putting together the rest of the cake. Also melt 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips and allow those to cool as well. Then combine 1/2 cup butter and 2 cups of brown sugar in a mixer until whipped to light and fluffy. Then take 2 egg yolks and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and allow that to incorporate into the mixture. Slowly add in the chocolate and coffee mixture until fully combined.
From there in a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda. Then alternate the flour mixture with 3/4 cup buttermilk and 1/4 cup skim milk. Mix together until fully incorporated. Then spray and line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper- cook in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes then take out of the pan and finish cooling before cutting the cake in half. I used a bread knife- be very careful so it doesn’t fall apart when cutting it. From there allow your favorite ice cream to sit out at room temperature to soften (we used Vanilla- his favorite 🙂 ). Then place one half of the cake on the bottom of the pan and then take an ice cream scooper and continuously place scoops of ice cream on the cake pressing them out evenly. Then we took pecans placed them on top of the ice cream and then topped with the final layer of cake. Allow this to sit in the freezer overnight.
For the Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting we put our spin on the Caramel Frosting in the Taste of Home Baking Cookbook. For this we changed out the milk used and added cream cheese- since my husband loves cream cheese frosting! Begin by putting 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup skim milk in a small pot. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil and then allow it to cook for an additional 2 minutes. Then take the pot off of the stove add in 1 teaspoon vanilla and allow the mixture to cool.
In the meantime, beat 1 package of cream cheese, until light and fluffy. Then add in the cooled caramel mixture, until well combined. Lastly, slowly add in 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar. Then take the cake out of the freezer and spread with an off set spatula. Allow to set in the freezer overnight before doing the design.
You can top your cake with any design element, but I used the gel piping technique that was super fun! I traced a picture of the truck my husband wants on parchment paper with a pencil. Then flip over the parchment paper and use the gel to outline- be very careful! Then take the cake- flip over the parchment paper on the cake and take a paint brush to gently press in. From there carefully lift up the parchment paper and fill in the rest 🙂
After I put the design on, we put it back in the freezer to set up for a while before serving. When your ready to cut a piece- allow the cake to sit out at room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes.
I hope you enjoy this birthday cake as much as we are! Overall, his birthday went very good we had fun putting together the tent I got him in the living room along with his camping chair and we had a blast building more fun memories in the kitchen with this cake 🙂 Too many more exciting birthdays to come together ❤
Thank you for reading along with any comments or likes ❤