Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

I've been craving birthday cake; I always do. My new years resolution is: Eat More Cake!

Last year, you may remember, Gabriel made me a two tiered vanilla and chocolate cake for my birthday accompanied with a pledge that every year he would make a bigger and better cake than the previous year.

This year, Gabriel worked 22 hours straight the night before my birthday, and arrived home at 6:30a waking me up with a piece of bakery red velvet cake topped with shining lit birthday candles. After serenading me with a classic version of the Happy Birthday Song,

Gabriel said,
"I wanted to be the first to wish you a Happy Birthday."

It was bigger and better; it was perfectly sweet!

Gabriel works extremely hard for our family, to say the least. Even after an insanely long day and night and morning, and heading back to work for another few hours on the morning of the 23rd, he took me out for the evening: PF Changs, Dessert, a New Bosch Bowl, and Movie. Our final celebratory destination was slated to be Wingers for a piece of Asphalt Pie... but they were closed!!! On my birthday?

I aggressively hinted the next day that I still wanted a piece, so when he went out to pick up our traditional Christmas Eve Chinese take-out... they were closed again! Seriously?!
Asphalt Zebra Cake

Though I'm still craving a piece of Asphalt Pie, finally, I just had to make my own solution. I easily could have recreated the original Asphalt Pie, but after catching up and reading through all the Christmas blogs and seeing all the amazing cookie platters and dinner spreads, I felt an insatiable longing to get my hands dirty - especially after not having been able to for what seems like the entire Christmas season!

Six layers of cake: two dense mint, four moist dark chocolate; plus six layers of frosting: four fluffy mint, two creamy chocolate; then coated with a thick chocolate buttercream and topped with a gorgeous mint buttercream, and finally slathered with double stuffed Oreo cookie crumbs.

Chocolate Cake:
1 cup butter
½ cup canola oil
2 cups sugar
Cream together

1 tablespoon mexican vanilla
4 egg yolks
1 cup evaporated milk
Mix until fluffy

1 ½ cups water
4 oz. unsweetened
4 oz. dark baking chocolate
Pour and mix into batter

Stir in
2 ½ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Whip 4 egg whites and fold into batter

Pour into 2 prepared pans
Bake at F350°, 25-35 minutes until cake springs back to the touch
Invert, cool on wire rack

Mint Yellow Cake:
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
Cream together

1 teaspoon mexican vanilla
2 egg yolks
1 cup evaporated milk
4 teaspoons mint extract
Mix until fluffy

Stir in
1 - 1 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

Pour into prepared pan
Bake at F350°, 25-35 minutes until cake springs back to the touch
Invert, cool on wire rack

Buttercream Frosting
2 cups butter
2 pounds powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup milk
2 egg whites
Beat together with mixer until smooth, creamy and spreadable
Add water until desired consistency is reached

Divide batter in half
Mix ½ cup cocoa powder and 2-3 tablepoons milk into one half
Mix 2 teaspoons mint extract and one drop of mint gel food coloring into second half

Slice each cake round in half
Spread mint frosting between chocolate layers
Spread chocolate frosting between yellow cake layers
Assemble two chocolate cake rounds and top with mint frosting
Top with two yellow cake rounds and frost with mint
Complete with final two chocolate cake rounds
Frost top of cake with mint frosting
Frost outer rim of cake with chocolate buttercream
Press 1 package of Oreo Cookies, crushed, onto sides and top of cake

Happy Birthday to Me!

21 Sweet Talkers:

Emily Hill said...

All I can say is holy cake! (Actually, holy crap came to mind first...) That is some serious cake and it has me jonesing for a slice. Not sure I'm brave enough to attempt it, but maybe after I throw back a few Diet Cokes I'll have the gumption. YUM! And Happy Birthday to YOU!

Camille said...

You've got to be kidding me! I've seen some cake in my time - but this one, THIS ONE, tops them all! Happy Birthday to you and Happy New Year (sans resolutions)! :) You're amazing! (and so is Gabe for being such a sweet husband)

Dorothy said...

Oh my! What a decadent cake you've made there. Tell me now, is it called Asphalt Cake because after eating it you'll fall over and hit the asphalt? :D

Gabriel Olson said...

I ate the piece that was cut out! And it was the bestest asphalt cake in the history of the whole entire universe!

Lois Grebowski said...

hubby's giving me a funny look and asking me why I'm licking my netbook screen...LOL

Pamela said...

Oh my lovely minty goodness. Sounds like you had a great birthday and cake!!

Connie said...

Are you kidding me? Who would want to go to Wingers when you can have a piece of this fantastic cake?
You have a good husband! Hang on to him!

tonic said...

Holy Moly that looks good! Happy Birthday and many happy returns! :-)

jengd said...

First, Happy Belated Birthday! Second, OMG! That cake looks OBSCENE! I've GOT to make one! Wow!

tammy said...

Bag Wingers!!! That is one seriously over the top cake!

Happy Birthday!

Valerie said...

That is one seriously awesome cake! Sounds like your bad luck with Winger's turned into really, really good luck for everyone who got a piece of that art work. Happy birthday!!!

Naomi said...

They've all said what I was thinking!!!! I don't think I saw the word OUTSTANDING yet though. :)Happy Birthday Friend!!!

Benj and Melinda said...

Holy moly I want to eat that cake!! Happy Birthday dear friend. I miss you and I am so glad to hear your day was so wonderful. You have a sweet husband.

Leslie said...

Happy Happy Birthday..and HOLY SHIT that is one massively delicious cake!

Chef Aimee said...

What a treat finding this blog! The New York Times had an article on layered cakes a few weeks ago...omg those cakes are nothing compared to this! And mint? MMMMM! Enjoy your birthday! Cheers!

Kevin Eckert said...

I made this for my Birthday and I worked up the nutrition label on Glad I worked out like a dog this morning.

Jenni said...

The buttercream for this was a massive failure. Perhaps it was all the milk that ruined it? I'm not sure. :(

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