Happy Birthday Greg!

It’s birthday time for Greg!  We celebrated with dinner at Medieval Times where Greg got to be king for a day . . . and drink from a giant beer goblet.  But most importantly, we also celebrated with a cake.  This was the first year I made Greg a cake and it wasn’t just any ordinary cake.

Shocking, I know.  I’ve made him Valentine’s Day cakes (oreo cheesecake) but never a birthday cake.  Heck, I made his dad rainbow cupcakes for his birthday one year but never him.

To be fair, I usually got up early (5am) to make him birthday pancakes.  This year, I went all out and made him a birthday cake to never be forgotten.

Don’t worry, he still got his birthday whole wheat pancakes with sprinkles this year too.

A little bit of background: Greg loves peanut butter.  Greg loves Reese’s peanut butter cups and Reese’s Pieces.  Greg loves basketball.

And I found a cake to combine all these loves on Pinterest which I posted as part of Five on Friday. . . a basketball cake (or whatever sport ball you want to create.)

To make this a truly great birthday cake for Greg it had to have peanut butter icing and if it was going to have peanut butter icing, it needed to be chocolate cake to mimic a Reese Cup.  Now on to the steps for making a basketball cake.

1. Buy a box of Devils Food Cake and cook following the directions.  Yes, I took a short cut but I was on a time crunch.  To make this cake I needed to purchase two round cake pans and a icing knife– good thing for engagement gift cards (thanks Aunt Carol & Uncle John!).

2. Let the cake cool.

3. Level off the top of each cake.

4. Snack on the cake trimmings.

5. Take a stick of butter out of the fridge and bring to room temperature.

6. Bust out KitchenAid for icing.

7. Cream one stick of butter with a cup of creamy peanut butter (non-generic brand) in mixer.

8.  Add two cups of confectioner’s sugar and three tablespoons of milk.

9. Blend until smooth.  Add more milk if necessary.

10. Laugh at Greg patiently waiting/drooling.

11.  Let him lick the beater.

12. Place the first cake on plate and add icing to the center.  Smooth out with icing knife.

13. Place second cake on top but put the cut side on the icing.

14. Ice the rest of the cake.  When you are finished icing the cake, run the knife under warm water and smoothing out icing.  I iced the cake near the sink so I kept the water running to use on the knife.

15. Sort a bag on Reece’s Pieces into the three colors.

16. Lay the black lines of a basketball on the cake.

17. Fill in with the orange pieces.

18. Decorate the sides.  We just did a random pattern because we did not have enough orange pieces to continue the basketball pattern.

19. Enjoy!

Happy birthday Greg!

Peanut Butter Icing Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (non generic)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons of milk

1. Cream butter and peanut butter.

2. Add sugar and milk, blend.

3.  Add more milk if needed.

4,  Ice cake and enjoy.

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