If you’re looking for a crazy birthday cake that is outside the box, making one isn’t as difficult as you think. You don’t necessarily have to be a cooking school graduate or an alumnus of The Great British Baking Show to craft one. There isn’t a secret to making unusual birthday cakes. It’s actually not as difficult as you think, and it all starts with an idea and a pan.
A simple way to make a unique birthday cake from the usual circle or sheet cake is to head online and see if there’s a pan for that. A decorative cake pan helps you bake a cake in the desired shape from a heart to a train to a dinosaur and beyond. There’s even a pan to make a sunflower cake. So, let’s get baking.
The first decision you need to make is if you want to go boxed or scratch when making your cake. Boxed is easier and a time-saver, but if you want to make a cake from scratch, here is a simple yellow or chocolate cake recipe:
Ingredients for yellow cake
- 3 cups of cake flour (all-purpose is fine, too)
- 3 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup milk
Ingredients for chocolate cake
- 6 1/2 tablespoons of cake flour (all-purpose is fine, too)
- 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 1/4 cups milk
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Grease and flour 4-inch or 6-inch cake pans. (You will have enough batter for more than one 4-inch cake. You can also use the extra batter for cupcakes).
- Mix flour and baking soda together in a large bowl.
- Combine softened butter and sugar using an electric mixer. Then, add in eggs and vanilla.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer.
- Add milk into the mixer.
- Blend until combined.
- Pour into pans.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack before removing it from baking dishes.
- Apply icing when completely cooled.
Decorative cake pans may require more batter because of their size. If so, simply double the recipe ingredients.
Nothing says sunshine more than a sunflower cake. Mix up your batter and pour into a sunflower cake pan. Once the cake has cooled completely, remove it from the pan and decorate. All you need is yellow and chocolate icing along with a package of Oreos or chocolate chips. Follow these steps:
- Apply chocolate icing to the center of the sunflower cake.
- Apply the yellow icing to all of the petals.
- Crunch up enough Oreos to sprinkle on the flower’s center to add a decorative touch. If you prefer, sprinkle chocolate chips instead.
- Place in refrigerator to allow icing to harden.
Oreo ice cream cake
If you like ice cream cake and Oreos, this is a DIY cake anyone can make:
- 1 gallon of vanilla ice cream (or flavor of choice)
- Premade Oreo crust (you can find it in the baking aisle of your local supermarket)
- Hershey’s chocolate syrup
- Package of Oreos
- Fill the premade Oreo pie crust with vanilla ice cream almost to the top (allow the ice cream to soften a bit before spooning into the crust).
- Make a layer of icing using the chocolate syrup.
- Crunch up a package of Oreo cookies.
- Sprinkle the cookies over the layer of chocolate syrup to make a crunchy topping. The more cookie pieces, the better.
- Place into the freezer for at least one hour to set before eating.
This cake is all about the kisses.
- Chocolate cake mix or use above scratch mix
- Two 8-inch cake pans
- 2 containers of chocolate icing
- Bag of Hershey’s Kisses
- Bag of Hershey’s milk- or dark-chocolate miniatures
- Bake the cake using a boxed mix or scratch recipe.
- Allow cake to cool and remove from pan.
- Be sure the cake is completely cool before decorating.
- Cover the bottom layer with a liberal amount of icing.
- Place top layer on and ice with a liberal amount of icing.
- Remove wrappers from Hershey’s Kisses and line the edges of the cake with a circumference of them.
- Remove wrappers from Hershey’s miniatures and crunch up using a potato masher.
- Sprinkle the crushed Hershey chocolate throughout the middle of the cake on top for a thin or thick layer.
- Place in refrigerator to allow chocolate to set.
If you have a kitty-lover, this is a meow-a-licious cake.
- Yellow cake mix or use above yellow scratch mix
- One 8-inch pan and one 8-inch square pan
- 2 containers of dark chocolate icing
- A handful of Hershey’s Kisses
- 6 black Twizzlers
- Bake the cake and pour half the batter into a circle pan and the other into a square pan.
- Allow cakes to cool and remove from pans.
- Cut two triangle ears from the square cake.
- Position triangles above the circle cake to make the cat’s ears.
- Connect to the cat’s head with icing.
- Apply icing to the rest of the cake.
- Make eyes, nose, and mouth using Hershey’s Kisses.
- Make whiskers with Twizzlers.
The secret to making a unique birthday cake is all in the pan. A pan provides the shape. Then, all you need is icing and a little creativity to make your cake distinctive. Add marshmallow Peeps, candy, or fruit to give your cake a unique and yummy topping.
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