Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Charles' Birthday Cake

I must preface this post by saying that it is all Susan's fault, gotta find someone to place the blame on, right? ;) So Susan had this link to sign up for free birthday ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery, okay, so I shouldn't have signed up for it cause it got me to look at their site. And for those of you who know me you know I love to re-create desserts from pictures I see. It is such fun. So I showed Charles the page of their signature cakes and he picked one he wanted me to try for his birthday. I made it for fellowship dinner and it's a good thing I did because it turned out enormous!

Here is the one he picked, it's called Peanut ButterPlayground™. It is layers of chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream (I did chocolate peanut butter ice cream) with crushed peanut butter cups covered in chocolate ganache.

Here is our finished product ~ I used 8" cake pans and well, it turned out to be about 7"or 8" high! Oops. ;)

A better shot of the inside layers...

For those of you who are wondering, yes, it did taste gooooood. I know those of you who had some have already attested to that.

And for those of you who I know are wondering, yes, I did make it almost completely organic, say 90%?! I used regular Nestle chocolate chips for my ganache. I can already see the request list for dessert the next time we have our big dinner get together with the O's and such! :)

And a pic of my sweetie who turned *35*, wow! With his beloved mastiff. :) Yes, he was being silly in this pic but the one that he looked good in the dog messed up by moving all over the place. Oh well.


  1. oh, you're SO making me want a piece! You don't know how many times I've oohed over that cake! :)

  2. you almost had me Jenifer! I was about to ask you how you got the pretty neat pic for the first one...that is till I realized that it was the pic off their site. - haha!

    And oh - to everyone out there who did NOT get to try it - I can testify that it was VERY good!! Jenifer always does a good job...maybe I better retire?

  3. Oh my gracious- it looks fabulous! Since that's my ganache recipe, I think I should get first dibs next time. *grin*

    Actually, I'm not the peanut butter fan- Chris is. He'd love it. :)

    Oh, and speaking of desserts- I found out I copied GeGe's Pound Cake recipe wrong. No wonder it was fluffy!! I made a traditional cake in a bundt pan. LOL OK- I'll keep on trying at this baking thing so I do a good job by the time I get grandbabies!! :)