As promised in MBE's post on Pepperidge Farm's 75th birthday here are directions, recipes, images and a short video for making the original Very Random Birthday Cake that my 15 year-old triplet daughter and I dreamed up together earlier this week as a birthday surprise for a grown-up lady friend of my teen.
We call this ultimate round cake "random" because it combines homemade yeast cinnamon roll sticky buns on top and a rich cocoa cake below with a layer of the richest dark chocolate ganache that you've ever tasted in between.
The side on this most unusual round layer cake coated with mouth-watering buttercream frosting is embellished with the two newest varieties of Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie varieties. These store-bought cookies become homemade when they are dipped into semi-sweet chocolate and sprinkles and placed in a random pattern around the bottom.
That is the most random grouping of recipes and ingredients for a birthday cake you'll find anywhere, don't you think?
|Dexter underfoot again in the kitchen explaining flour on his back during this project|
which was previously reviewed on Mommy Blog Expert.
|Me making Max Brenner's Birthday Cake recipe for the bottom layer|
The recipe we used for this was Cinnamon Sticky Buns by YumKosher but you can choose any other similar recipe -- as long as it makes buns that are sticky, loaded with butter and nuts it should work out just fine and end of being just as delicious.
|Before rolling it, my girl gets creative spreading melted butter on dough|
3. Now it's time to make the Dark Chocolate Ganache (the recipe used for this post is included in the same Max Brenner's cake recipe that is mentioned in step #1). After it has completely cooled out of the pan on a baking rack, place the round cake on a fancy serving dish. Then spread the top of it with a generous slathering of ganache and chill briefly.
|These scrumptious-looking cinnamon rolls will double in size before baking|
|Rich Dark Chocolate Ganache is spread on the bottom layer cake top|
|Closeup of chocolate dipped Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie accents we made|
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