Not everyone likes a naked cake, but I do. It gives my palate the right amount of sweet frosting and it’s my h-ckin’ birthday!
I’ve been working on redoing our pantry which required emptying it of its entire contents. Thus, I found 2 partial, and one full container of Dutched Chocolate. In the spirit of using and not wasting, I looked for a recipe for my birthday cake that required such. Cooks’ Illustrated’s German Chocolate Cake it is!
In order to jazz it up just a smidgen, I added shortbread cookies! I got the Bigfoot cutter for xmas and had the trees. I used one of those cool textured rolling pins with a faux bois texture that I got as a gift a few years ago.
I used that rolling pin to make two 5s and 0s for a topper - a sandwich cookie situation in order to disguise the 4" skewers. I had wanted to do a little color on the Bigfoot and tree cookies, too, but had… icing issues. Oh well! At least I got some rainbow action on the 50!
You can see the front 5 cracked a bit, but hey… what says “50 years old” more than a little crack?