Sunday, June 26, 2011

Birthday Weekend!

Hey all! This weekend we were blessed to spend time with my parents and we had a blast!! We went to our favorite lake yesterday and today was my momma's birthday! I'm sharing a recipe for her favorite cake, German Chocolate Cake. You really can't go wrong with this dessert, especially if you like coconut, which we LOVE! I'm always on the look out for cute candles as well and I found these adorable zebra print candles at Hobby Lobby. You can find such cute candles these days if you know where to look. I've included some great candle ideas and locations to find them.

Happy Birthday, Momma!!

German Chocolate Cake
4 ounces baker's sweet chocolate
1/2 cup water
2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk
Filling, recipe below
Chocolate frosting of your choice

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F

Heat chocolate and water over a double boiler until melted. Stir until smooth and set aside. In a separate bowl, sift together the cake flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla extract, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add egg yolks 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in the melted chocolate. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating, until just combined.

Add the egg whites to a small bowl and beat with an egg beater until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whites into the batter until well incorporated.

Pour the batter evenly into 2 (9-inch) cake pans or 2 (12 cupcake) cupcake tins. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 30 minutes for the larger cakes and 15 to 20 min for the cupcakes. Remove from the oven to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before filling and frosting.

Coconut Pecan Filling
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
5 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butter
2 1/2 cups flaked coconut (YUM!)
2 cups toasted pecans

Combine the evaporated milk, slightly beaten egg yolks, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and butter in a large saucepan over low heat. When the butter melts raise the heat to medium, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken after 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the coconut and pecans and cool before frosting the cake.

Put a cake layer on top of a serving plate and top with a generous layer of caramel/ pecan filling. Cover the filling with another cake layer and add more filling on top in an even layer. Spread chocolate frosting (can be homemade or your favorite store bought) around the outside or simple pipe an outline of the cake leaving the pecan filling exposed in the middle.

It's a little bit of work but so worth the effort! Enjoy!

These are so great! My mom is an Interior Designer so she enjoys anything special like these because they have a little more ummpphh to them than just colors. They would be great for a boy (or girl!) safari birthday! Keep your eye out for these!

I LOVE these tall skinny candles! You can find them in any color to match your party theme and they're sophisticated for adult parties. I had multi colored tall candles for my 21st Birthday cake and they were so cute!!! They're also great for smaller cakes to 
give the cake extra height. Definitely a FAV!

These candles are great! I've had them before on my very own birthday cake so I can assure you that they really do glow different colors and the candles are actually small oil containers that burn the candles longer than wax candles. Great for small children when you're trying to get that perfect picture but the wax is melting too fast. Plus, what kid doesn't love multi colored flame candles!

How cute are these!!! Stripes are always in and these are great for a girl or boy party!