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Ideas for an awesome birthday cake flavor?

Maya May 21, 2013 03:45 PM

I'm looking for ideas for a big layer cake for a milestone birthday. An adult flavor that isn't completely unapproachable by kids (espresso or super-butter chocolate, for example). We wil lalso be supplementing the cake with mini berry tarts, so I need ideas that would not overlap too much.

Any interesting riffs on chocolate? Interesting combinations/fillings/frosting?

Thanks in advance :)

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  1. foodieX2 RE: Maya May 21, 2013 03:53 PM

    A co-worker made this for a work party. Amazing. I brought a piece home for my then 9 year old and he loved it too.


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      Maya RE: foodieX2 May 21, 2013 04:11 PM

      Did the version you have, include all 6 layers? Im wondering if Ic an simplify to have only three layers (ie 2 layers of the caramel). What about the frosting, was that particularly good as well?

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        foodieX2 RE: Maya May 21, 2013 05:39 PM

        Yes she did six layers but it is essentially a 3 layer cake as she cut each layer in half so you could skip that step. The frosting was great but you could do any kind of chocolate frosting as it the caramel layers that are so good. I loved the sprinkling of salt on top.

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          biondanonima RE: foodieX2 May 22, 2013 11:54 AM

          A friend of mine made this for our Thanksgiving potluck one year and it was indeed good. Rich, but delicious, and very impressive looking.

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        chowser RE: foodieX2 May 21, 2013 04:33 PM

        That looks really good. I made a similar cake, fewer layers, for my husband's birthday and of the 4 cakes I made, that was the surprise hit. I used rum in the salted caramel.

      3. chowser RE: Maya May 21, 2013 04:08 PM

        If you're willing to put in time, I love this chocolate hazelnut souffle cake (with Nutella mousse--can't beat that!) that I posted here. It has a hazelnut meringue base, nutella mousse filling, chocolate cake, chocolate ganache.


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          Maya RE: chowser May 21, 2013 04:12 PM

          This looks amazing. Would it allow for "happy birthday" writing on top?

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            chowser RE: Maya May 21, 2013 04:32 PM

            Yes, after it's been refrigerated and the ganache has a chance to set. What would be nice is to take the remaining ganache, whip it and then write in that. I love chocolate writing on chocolate. I have to warn you the hardest part is resisting eating the nutella mousse!

        2. sarinaL RE: Maya May 21, 2013 04:24 PM

          Making a traditional Smith Island cake would be very impressive--10 thin yellow layers and cooked chocolate frosting

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            Gloriaa RE: Maya May 21, 2013 05:07 PM

            I am making the campfire cake from sweetapolita for a 50 th birthday tomorrow, that and the Tartine strawberry lime Bavarian cake. I think they are both very different so will compliment each other. I even made my own marshmallows and marshmallow fluff. 'they' say it is not too sweet, fingers crossed.

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              thegforceny RE: Maya May 21, 2013 06:07 PM



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                youareabunny RE: Maya May 21, 2013 07:22 PM

                Maybe focus on textures than flavor? Kids always love the usual - chocolate, yellow, white, strawberry, etc. Maybe you could vary your cake types (wafer, puff pastry, sponge, meringue) and fillings (mousse, whipped cream) to make it more for adults.

                Of course this involves a few types of recipes but if you have the time it could be fun and tasty).

                1. ipsedixit RE: Maya May 21, 2013 07:24 PM

                  Make a pistachio layer cake with chocolate ganache between each layer.

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                    rockycat RE: Maya May 21, 2013 08:03 PM

                    Last year the Spouse celebrated a milestone birthday and asked for a "special" cake. It turned out to be a chocolate cake filled with banana bavarian. I coated it in ganache and decorated it with chocolate stars dusted with gold dust. Quite adult, but my kid thought it was fantastic.

                    1. AnjLM RE: Maya May 22, 2013 12:51 AM

                      I recently made a delicious Chocolate Nutella Buttercream cake. This is only a 2 layer cake but the chocolate ganache in the center and nutella buttercream frosting definitely kicks it up a notch.


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                        Splendid Spatula RE: Maya May 22, 2013 09:43 AM

                        My husband gets a mocha dacquoise for his birthday, compiled with recipes for meringue disks from Nick Malgieri, and buttercream and ganache from Martha Stewart. You can make those components separately however you like, then it's really just a construction job. My son gets chow.com's Vanilla Bean Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting. The recipe is for cupcakes, but we make it into a cake-cake sometimes. That frosting is scrape-the-bowl good.

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