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Molly Turns 5 Surprise Birthday Cake

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Our Molly turned 5. I know, hard to believe. But….she did. So in order to celebrate this remarkable girl in the proper way we had to come up with something that would SURPRISE her!! And….we did :-) This is a fun fun cake that is SO easy to make. Yeah, I know we say that a lot but trust us this time. You will be delighted, your birthday person will be delighted. One of the great things about this cake is that it is fun to make. We used a standard white cake recipe (below) with a chocolate frosting in the middle and then the entire cake frosted in an easy white frosting. A shortcut would be to use 2 boxes of cake mix with ready made frosting. Probably just as good cause let’s face it, it’s all about the candy in the middle :-) And feel free to use your own favorite candy, what ever that might be. Needless to say, Molly WAS surprised AND delighted and man oh man was that ever fun. Happy Happy Birthday Sweet Molly!!!

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Molly Turns 5 Surprise Birthday Cake

 

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Cake

 

Ingredients

 

4 cups granulated sugar

6 cups all-purpose

4 tsp baking powder

2 tsp kosher salt

1 1/2 cups neutral-flavored oil (vegetable, canola, avocado)

6 large egg whites, room temp.

4 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups whole milk

 

Directions

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, spray or butter 4 8″ round cake pans and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

Whisk together the wet ingredient in a smaller mixing bowl.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Divide batter evenly between your cake pans and bake for 35-40 minutes until the center of the cakes spring back when touched.

Allow cakes to cool completely.

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Easy Chocolate Frosting

 

Ingredients

 

1/4 cup unsalted butter

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 cup whole milk

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Directions

 

Melt the butter, then whisk in the cocoa powder. Add the milk and vanilla, and whisk until frothy. Make sure the cocoa powder has completely dissolved. In a stand mixer with a beater attachment, with a hand mixer, or by hand with a whisk, mix the powdered sugar into the liquids a little at a time until fully mixed. The frosting should be thick but spreadable. If thin, add more powdered sugar; if too stiff, work in a teaspoon of milk.

Use right away or let it cool in the fridge, then whip again until fluffy.

 

Basic Vanilla Frosting

 

4 cups powdered sugar

4 tablespoons butter, softened

4 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoons milk

 

Directions

 

Combine ingredients and beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Easy peasy.

 

Directions to assemble surprise cake:

 

First – Flatten your cooled cake layers by trimming off the rounded tops. In 2 layers, cut small rounds using a 4-inch round cutter or do what we did and found a tupperware top to use as a way to measure and cut your hole. Now……

 

To assemble the cake:

 

Place 1 uncut cake layer on cake stand or serving platter; spread 1/3 cup of frosting on top. Top with 1 layer with center removed; spread 1/3 cup frosting on top. Top with second layer with center removed; spread 1/3 cup frosting op top.

Fill cake with the candies, we mixed regular m & m’s with mini m & m”s plus sprinkles. Gently press candies to level; top with full cake layer. Frost side and top of cake with remaining frosting. Decorate as you want!! Fun!

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