The Ultimate Birthday Cake

It was my husband's birthday this weekend and I wanted to make him a special cake.  Little did I realize how involved it would be.  However, the outcome produced a cake that I am sure my family will beg me for in the future.
 I'll tell you right up front, this is not the easiest cake to make.  If you want to give it a try, set aside a lot of time and tackle it one step at a time.

  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 1/4 pounds milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream, warmed
 Start by making the ganache and then set it aside to come to spreading consistency.

 Make the meringue and top it with the peanuts then bake it.

 Split the cake in half horizontally.

Spread it with some ganache.
 Top it with the baked meringue.

Make the peanut butter/chocolate/rice krispie mixture.
Spread it on top of the meringue and then spread another layer of ganache on it.

 Add the top layer of the cake.

 Spread the remaining layer of ganache over the top letting it drip down the sides. refrigerate it until set.

 This is a decadent, rich, moist chocolate cake with a crunchy, salty, peanutty filling.

My family flipped out over this cake which is really a shame because I am not particularly looking forward to making it again! It took over 5 hours to make this.


Anonymous said…
A cake to die for :-)

Have a great day!

Anonymous said…
I knew it would look as good as it sounded lol,,, wow,,
Anonymous said…
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Ian's Girl said…
Just hope none of your after-school kids sees this post... ;)
OMG, looks just like a chocolate bar! Just out of curiosity, it's not called an O. Henry Cake, is it?

Happy Birthday to your husband! He's a lucky guy.
Guillaume said…
Oh that looks GOOD! I need to bake it one day, even though it might end up a catastrophy cake as I am a lousy baker.
linda said…
Wow!! Happy Birthday to your husband.. I know he was one very happy guy with this cake!

1st Man said…
WOW....just wow!!!!
Susan said…
That is definitely a one-off!
Five hours. WOW alot of LOVE went into that treat. Happy Birthday to your hubs.
The thing is, Joyce, he knows how much you love him if you took five hours to bake his birthday cake! NO doubt about it! I call the kids bakery and order a cake. :) I know it must have been just delicious!!
Leighway said…
I am sitting here, imagining the wonderful taste and amazing textures in this cake...oh my! masterpiece.
Kay said…
FIVE HOURS? Gosh! I don't think I could make that. You are so darn amazing!
sandra hagan said…
Mercy!! It looks good enough to eat! LOL Moist and yummy!!!!