I love making my kid’s birthday cakes but have yet to build a full repertoire of from scratch recipes that I trust. For my sons 4th birthday he requested a dinosaur party. We had a blast. I made fossils out of salt dough and hid them in sand for the kids to uncover, we had dino party hats with spikes, and sugar cookies imprinted with T rex feet. I had planned a simple cake with a painted dinosaur on top but as I looked at the recipe (the night before) I saw that it used fondant.
My children hate fondant and I kind of have to agree. I have never tried the marshmallow version but the classic version is way too tough for my tastes. So this year instead of focusing on how the cake looked, I just put my all into making it from scratch.
I found a great chocolate cake recipe and tweaked it just a little, it came out perfectly. You can’t taste the espresso but it really deepens the chocolate flavor. The peanut butter frosting was the real winner though. It was super creamy and easy to work with. Before I could even cut the cake everyone could smell it and was really excited. This was so worth the extra effort.
This wasn’t the prettiest cake I have ever made but it was definitely one of the best I have ever baked. Mason told me it was his favorite cake ever and that he loved me the mostest. You can’t really beat that reaction.