Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Birthday Bonanza and Devil's Food Cake with Super Sweet Cream Cheese Frosting

My oldest and youngest blessings, SR and JK, have their birthdays just six days apart. SR turned thirteen, and JK turned four, so we had a long Saturday with two birthday parties. Also, I always make a special dessert and a kid-picked dinner for their actual birthdays. I've included a recipe for one of the desserts below.

This was SR's birthday dinner pick: make-your-own-burritos and homemade fries.

SR requested a four-layer birthday cake - two vanilla layers, two strawberry layers and chocolate frosting.

I apparently sliced my layers a little unevenly. I also added fresh strawberries with each layer. Cake is served with soy strawberry ice cream.

This is JK's Batmobile cake that I made for his party.

I used a toothpick and a lipstick brush for the detail work.

These are SR's cookies 'n' cream cupcakes for her party. We love the recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World; we've made these often. Some have chocolate cream cookies, and some have vanilla.

Here's a close-up of those cupcakes!

This is the post-parties birthday dinner courtesy of Papa Murphy's Pizza. GR likes hers with artichoke hearts, olives and mushrooms. SR likes her with olives and pineapple. G and I had the gourmet veggie, and JK ate off of all three. Red pepper flakes and vegan Parmesan cheese are the toppings in the background.

This is JK's birthday dinner: Tofu with ketchup on the side, rice, and artichoke hearts. I thought it appropriate to show the dinner on his plate.

This is JK's birthday cake: Devil's Food with Super Sweet Cream Cheese Frosting.

Here's a slice of that yummy cake. I made so much frosting that I actually could have stuffed the middle with more of it.

I thought this would be a great picture to add this post. This is GR, who about a month ago made a "Parents' Cake" - that what she called it. She is my budding baker. She pulled out my Hershey's Chocolate Cookbook and made the Chocolatetown Special Cake with the Quick Chocolate Frosting and veganized it all by herself! She was disappointed that it cracked when taken out of the pan, but I assured her cracked cake tastes just as good as uncracked cake, and it did! I'm very proud of her.

Happy Birthday, SR and JK!

Devil's Food Cake with Super Sweet Cream Cheese Frosting


3 squares Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate
2 and 1/2 cups cake flour
1 and 3/4 cups vegan sugar
1 and 3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup shortening
1 and 1/3 cups soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbs. Egg Replacer
4 Tbs. water


1 - 8 oz. pkg. of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 Tbs. soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pinch of salt
5 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Chocolate Sprinkles


For the cake: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two round cake pans with Pam. Put about a tablespoon or so of regular flour in each pan and shake it around, coating the pan. Shake off the excess flour, and set pans aside. Melt the chocolate squares in a small bowl in the microwave, stirring every twenty seconds or so. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: cake flour through salt. Add the remaining ingredients to the flour mixture and beat for three to five minutes, slowly working your way to the highest speed. The end result will look amazingly like frosting and taste unbelievable. GR asked, "Why does this taste so good?!" Spread half in each cake pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on cooling racks.

For the frosting: In a medium bowl on slow speed beat the all the ingredients except the powdered sugar. Add the sugar a cup at a time, finishing with the half cup, and continue beating at medium low speed. Beat for at least two minutes; my beaters get a little overworked with this thick frosting, but if yours can do it okay, go for it. This makes ample frosting to frost a two-layer cake. Make sure you put a nice, thick layer of frosting in the middle. Sprinkle the top liberally with chocolate sprinkles!

This is a yummy, moist cake that feeds five hungry vegans for a couple of days.


  1. You are the best mom ever! Are you interested in adopting a 30-something child?!

  2. Holy cow - you went all out! Happy bday to the kids!

  3. I have to echo have to be the most awesome mom! Your kids sure know how to pick yummy birthday dinners! Not mention the cakes! That batmobile is too cool, so creative...great job! I love the little cookie wheels.

    Can I come to your place for my birthday?

    And GR must take after you in her baking skills! Tell her that it looks fab: I'm eating it with my eyes!:

  4. So fun! We are very party-ish, celebratory people around here so we can definitely appreciate all of the work you put into this. I think burritos and french fries sound great together! I can never make those fun-looking object cakes, like the Batman one. My kids are usually stuck with cupcakes on their b-days. Tell them Happy Birthday from us, and tell GR that I am so proud of her, also, for making a cake!

  5. You guys had a blast with all those sweet cakes...yummy!!!!! I love very much the cookies & cream cupcakes they look fabulistically wonderful..

  6. Stacy, come on over! I'll be the youngest looking mom ever!

    It was fun, Heather. Thanks for the b-day wishes!

    Rose, thank you! I love baking creations for my children. I love to make them feel special. And, I never know what they're going to pick for dinner, so that's fun, too. I'll pass on your compliments to GR.

    Jenny, cupcakes are just as delicious as regular cakes, remember that! :-)

    Thank you, Millie. They were fun to bake.

  7. The cakes look so cute and so yummy ! I love the idea of "build your own___" things for parties. I think everyone feels just a little bit special and relaxed when they can create something that fits their very own appetite and preferences, and it makes clean up and prep very easy on the host !

  8. Aw, happy bday to the blessed kiddies :)
    I LOVE your batmobile cake, so fun! Your fries look perfect, what's your technique?

  9. My reading comprehension isn't so great. I had to go through this several times to figure out why there were two birthdays but four cakes plus a batch of cupcakes. Did JK try to drive the cake off the platter?

  10. Hi, Diane, yes the burritos made for an easy dinner.

    Hi, Sarah, thank you! My daughter wanted the fries deep-fried, so that's how I did it. We have a small deep fryer for those occasions.

    S.V., On their actual b-days, they each get a cake. Then, at their parties, they each get a dessert (one had a cake, one had cupcakes). GR made her cake separately about a month ago - I just showed off her pic.

  11. Holy smokes! This all looks so good! I wish I lived near you!

  12. Well, Nebraska is closer than Hawaii. :-)