Monday is my best friend's birthday! He's turning 25... wow... so we're celebrating, but in a low key kinda way. I've kind of hijacked making his birthday cakes for the last couple years (last year was Deanna Troi, the year before was a Pokemon ball... before that I forget, but maybe I didn't make it that year). This year is a more "grown up" cake, no theme, just flavour fusion! So I made him this chocolate peanut butter marble cake from Sugar Plum, and topped it with some makeshift chocolate buttercream.
This cake was just plain fun to make. It helped a lot that I now have two mixer bowls for my KitchenAid, since it called for a base batter to be split in half, one flavoured with melted chocolate chips, and the other with peanut butter (hehe, you can see the jar in the background). I may have tasted a little more peanut butter batter than was necessary... but... it was so delicious.
I don't have a recipe exactly for the buttercream I used. It's roughly a cup of butter, a cup of melted chocolate chips, and maybe 5 cups of icing sugar? I was really just winging it until I got the consistency I wanted and a good chocolate flavour. Tinting it black was pretty annoying... it was just grey for the longest time, but then I left it for an hour or so and came back to black icing!
This is always my favourite moment in a birthday party! Hope they made a wish!
The cake was delicious, a real crowd pleaser! We were sharing the celebration with our friends Dee and Os, since Os and Andrew share a birthday, and unknowingly I helped quell one of Dee's pregnancy cravings! So this cake was a winner all around. And it looked great once sliced up, which really is the mark of a good marble cake isn't it?
So my verdict on this cake? Fabulous. The only thing I'd do is add a bit more milk next time, to make the batter a bit easier to work with. But it is definitely a cake fit for a best friend. Oh... and before I forget...
Happy Birthday Andrew! Here's to 25 more fabulous years of celebrating together. Love you!