Baking date: April 8, 2017
On occasion, I will recognize the accomplishments of kids my boys are friends with. It has tended to be sports accomplishments, since that is something we spend a lot of time focused on in this house.
Recently on my son Nick’s lacrosse team, his friend Josh had a hat trick. For those not sports-minded, that’s scoring three goals in a single game. I asked his dad what kind of cake he might like, and his dad said peanut butter and chocolate.
I turned to Pinterest and found a recipe for peanut butter cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. Since it was a hat trick, a triple layer cake was perfect.
Except that not everything always goes as planned. While turning the cake out to go on the cooling rack, the collapsible legs actually collapsed and the cake starting sliding off the counter and toward the edge. My attempt to grab it was unsuccessful, as this was the only part left on the counter:
Baker’s note: I’m pleased to report that Mocha and Jake — my furry sous chefs — loved the peanut butter cake, based on the samples they quickly snarfed off the floor.
I covered the cake in the chocolate buttercream. Baker’s note: the frosting recipe did not leave a lot of extra for my two-layer cake, so I would use the frosting sparingly in between cake layers if you end up making it with all three layers.
For the letters and numbers on the cake commemorating the achievement, his name, and the date, I used white vanilla candy melts.
This is a view of the top of the cake:
And here’s a side view, showing the bursts piped at the base, with a gold sugar pearl placed in the center of each burst:
The cake received positive reviews in terms of taste. But the best review is Josh’s smile before there was even a slice to sample — way to go bud!