Yesterday was Boise Boy's birthday! To celebrate I made him this magical-LSD-hodgepodge of a cake with all of his favorite things! If you follow the isntagram baking scene (which is out of control, so many amazing bakers out there!) you may have noticed this trend of out-of-control cakes like these. These cakes take tons of different dessert items--popcorn, cookies, chocolates, donuts, macarons, gummies, etc and combine them to make one amazing dessert that somehow looks pulled together. I was a little nervous to attempt one of these because I didn't know if all the different elements would come together but I was happy with how it turned out!
For the cake I used the same recipe as seen here, with Joy the Baker's amazing chocolate frosting which I waxed poetic about here. Never will I ever make chocolate frosting without Ovaltine ever again. I used a 7-inch cake pan and baked 3 cakes and let them cool overnight in the fridge before stacking and frosting them.
3 cake layers are held together with German Chocolate filling, as requested by the birthday boy. I used this recipe.
German Chocolate Cake Filling (adapted from Dash of Sanity)
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1.5 egg yolks (divided the best you can)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup pecan pieces
- small pinch salt
Heat milk, sugar, yolks, butter, and cornstarch in a sauce pan until it comes to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Continue to boil until mixture is thickened and will coat the back of a spatula or spoon. Filter mixture through a sieve to remove any bit of cooked egg. Stir in vanilla, salt, pecans, and coconut. Set aside and let it cool down to room temperature before spreading evenly between cake layers.
For cake assembly: Pick one larger centerpiece to be the focus of the cake--I used donuts from our favorite local GF bakery, City Cakes. Have 2-3 other medium sized items, and then a smattering of smaller items to fill in the gaps. I used:
- macarons--salted caramel, coconut, and pistachio
- half of a Charleston Chew (our favorite candy to split at the movies)
- an entire Symphony candy bar (because he plays the cello)
- candy legos--because you are never too old
- gummy eggs (because he eats eggs for breakfast ever. single. day.
- chocolate Necco wafers (these are actually my favorite candy because I am a grandma, but since he likes me I thought it was transferrable, and they are the perfect size!)
- Hershey kisses. Because why not?
- Idaho Spud--in honor of Idahome
After the cake is frosted with crumb-coat and final coat, assemble your candies before the frosting has a chance to harden. Start with your largest item--the donut here--and place it in the back. To secure I used a wooden coffee stirrer inserted through the middle of the donut and into the cake so it wouldn't fall down. Place the medium-sized sweets around this larger one, and then fill in the gaps with the small sweets. Use some extra chocolate frosting if you need 'glue.' I think it looks best if you're not too perfect about it and stick a few candies on the sides of the cake. Don't forget to leave a small space in front for candles!
Overall this was so much fun to make and I can't wait to make another one! Xx