Happy Birthday Mister!

Today is Mister’s birthday!

Someone must love him very much (I wonder who?), because he’s getting two epic birthday cakes. One for his official birthday, today, and one for the birthday party on Saturday. You’ve got to be a pretty special person to warrant two epic birthday cakes! Birthday cake number two will follow this weekend.

As an extra special birthday surprise, we found out that he isn’t getting sent away by the military in the beginning of February anymore! What luck, I’m positively gleeful for that news.

Mister’s Woodgrain Birthday Cake

(recipe slightly adapted from Take a Megabite)
Ingredients
1 Cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 Cup milk
1 Cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 Cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 Cup cocoa powder
Directions
  • In a bowl, beat together the sugar and eggs until foamy.
  • Slowly add the oil, milk and vanilla, mixing until combined.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry mixture slowly to the wet, combining until the batter is free of lumps.
  • Pour half of the batter into a large measuring cup (best if it has a pour spout).
  • Add the cocoa powder to the remaining batter, mixing until smooth.
  • Scrape the chocolate batter into another measuring cup (also good to have a pour spout).
  • Grease your cake pan (9 inch round, or other shaped of your choice, yay hearts!).
  • Starting with the vanilla batter, pour a small round directly into the middle of the pan. It should be about an inch and a half around, or ~3 Tbsp. Then, pour the same amount of chocolate batter into the center of the vanilla batter. Imagine a bulls-eye, always pour into the middle of the bulls-eye.
  • Continue alternating the batters until you run out. As the cake batter is poured, it will force the previous layers outward and upward, creating the woodgrain effect.
  • Bake the cake in a 350° oven until a tester comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake (~35 minutes).
  • Allow to cool and ice.

The cake was very tasty, but I think next time I’ll use a combination of baking powder and baking soda because the texture was a little bit off of my liking. Still, the woodgrain effect was gorgeous and Mister enjoyed his cake and blowing out his candle (we didn’t have any cake candles). I love you Mister!

Mister rates his cake: tasty and cool looking, but a little too crumby.

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