Saturday, July 14, 2012

Peanut Butter Birthday Cake w/ Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chris's only request for his birthday cake was that it be chocolate and peanut butter, but with more peanut butter than chocolate. So I set out looking for something that would fit this description. I decided I'd make a peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting. This worked out for the decorating aspect as well since I needed the frosting to be dark.

I had known for months how I wanted to decorate Chris's birthday cake. I wanted the theme to be outer space since he's really interested in it. I wanted to dye the frosting black for the sky and then decorate it with the planets. I wasn't sure how I was going to do this. At first, I had decided on cake pops of various sizes, decorated like each planet. But that idea just wasn't sitting well with me.  Finally, I decided it was time for me to experiment with fondant. What a project this cake turned out to be!

Working with the fondant was actually my favorite part. I just used some circular cookie cutters for the bigger of the circles and I used the caps to the icing dye for the smaller ones. Decorating each circle was just like painting. I've never been an artist (I can't draw or paint for the life of me), so it's nice when I get to do something close to it. I enjoy painting, but I know that I could never paint a portrait or landscape or anything. The only thing I've ever really painted was little wooden jewelry boxes.

I originally planned to use icing to dot out the letters for the words and make them look like constellations. When I realized that wasn't going to work out with the kinds of icing tips that I have, I opted for using the white stars instead. It took forever to place them all! I was doing them one by one with a pair of tweezers! I was going to use the white stars as the background stars, but I'm kind of glad that I ended up using the yellow ones. I like how it made it look.

For the cake, I used a recipe I found at Average Betty. It was tasty, but it wasn't as moist as I would've liked it to be. I'm sure there is a way to fix that, but I have no idea what it would be. The frosting was delicious and I found the recipe for that on Joy The Baker. She used it on vanilla cupcakes, but I figured it'd work on any kind of cake! I was right!


  1. That is totally adorable. And now I'm craving some cake!

    1. Thank you! I'm pretty much always craving some form of