3 Unique Birthday Cake Recipes

Sunrise Senior Living  |  September 1, 2016
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Surprise your loved one with one of these delicious cakes.

Every time a family birthday occurs, you're the token cake baker. And while your loved ones enjoy the traditional yellow cake you always create for their special days, you're ready to spruce things up. Here are a few unique birthday cake recipes you should consider for the next occasion.

1. Deep Dark Chocolate Cake
Bake this indulgent cake by Country Living magazine for the chocolate-loving family member.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar

For the filling:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 cups marshmallow cream
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 Tbsp. confectioners' sugar
Raspberry and chocolate make a delicious flavor pairing.Raspberry and chocolate make a delicious flavor pairing.

Directions:

First, heat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare two 8-inch round pans with non-stick cooking spray and parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, vanilla, sour cream, oil and vinegar until fully combined. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until batter reaches a smooth consistency.

Pour mixture into prepared pans and place into the oven. Bake for 35 or 40 minutes, or when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cakes cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

In the meantime, use an electric mixer to beat butter and raspberry jam in a medium bowl. Gradually add confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth. Spread filling between two layers.

To create the frosting, beat butter and chocolate together with the electric mixer until fluffy. Reduce speed and add marshmallow cream and vanilla extract. Increase speed and beat until it reaches a smooth consistency. Spread frosting on the cake and get the candles ready!
 
2. Vanilla Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cake with Whipped Cream
Nothing says "Happy birthday" quite like an ice cream cake. This homemade version from Chowhound will have your family members begging you to make it every year.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 pints salted caramel ice cream – slightly softened

For the whipped cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Caramel sauce for decoration

Directions:

First, heat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and parchment paper – making sure it overhangs.

In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk 3/4 cup warm water, egg, oil and vanilla until blended. Mix wet ingredients with dry and stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared dish and bake for about 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then place on wire rack to cool completely. Remove the parchment paper and place cake back in the 9x13-inch baking dish.

Place ice cream in a large bowl and mix until it's soft enough to spread. Then, place mixture on top of cake, spreading evenly until the top is covered. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 4 hours.

In the meantime, use an electric mixer to whisk the cream, sugar and vanilla together until stiff peaks form.

When the cake is frozen, spread the whipped cream over the ice cream, then drizzle with caramel sauce. Enjoy!

3. Billie's Italian Cream Cake with Blueberries
This simple, yet delectable cake recipe from Food Network will become an instant classic for the family celebration.

Use fresh blueberries to fill the birthday cake.Use fresh blueberries to fill the birthday cake.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 5 eggs – separated
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the frosting:

  • 2 8-ounce packaged cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 pound confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 1/2 pints blueberries

Directions:

First, heat the oven to 250 degrees and prepare two 9-inch round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs until stiff. Set aside for later.

In a large bowl, cream the butter, oil and granulated sugar until fluffy. Incorporate the egg yolks, vanilla and coconut.

In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and baking soda, then gradually mix in the buttermilk. Fold in the egg whites until mixture is just combined.

Pour batter evenly between the cake pans and bake for 25 minutes. Allow 15 minutes to cool in the pans, then turn cakes onto cooling racks to cool completely.

In the meantime, create your frosting. Beat the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar in a medium bowl until fluffy. Fold in the pecans and coconut.

To assemble, cut each cake in half lengthwise so you have 4 layers to work with. Spread frosting on the tops of the cakes, then top with blueberries. Stack layers and repeat the process until it's finished. Your loved ones will cherish this new tradition after the first bite.