For my hubby’s birthday this year I knew I wanted to do something special, and being that he’s a culinary whiz I also wanted to give him gifts that would please his palette. That’s when I decided to do a day of cakes for him… Deano’s Day O’ Cakes. So we cooked, baked, and crafted our hearts out and presented him with 4 cakes throughout his special day.

Cake #1: Chocolate Maple Bacon Pancakes

Dean loves pancakes for breakfast but what he loves even more is bacon! So I created a chocolate maple bacon pancake cake with a maple buttercream frosting topped with crispy bacon and maple syrup. And, to add decadence to decadence, in between the pancake layers I slathered on melted bacon butter.

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Cake #2: Goodie Cake 

For his 2nd cake of the day I decided to craft a goodie cake for him. On a cake plate I did a layer of his fave drink… Diet Coke, then his fave chocolates… Kit Kat and Heath Bars, and topped it off with some Trojan Condoms. A wink wink at the fact that we have a large brood…4 kids!!

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Cake #3: Savory Meatloaf Cake with Mashed Potato Frosting 

For dinner I wanted to make him a savory cake. So, I made him a homemade meatloaf cake with mashed potato “frosting” topped with peas and carrots. In between the layers of meatloaf, which I baked in three 9-inch cake pans, I added a thin filling of ketchup mash. We cut the cake and served with ketchup. A great and fun way to get kids to eat meatloaf!!

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Cake #4: Gourmet Dad Cake from Hansen’s 

For his final cake of the day I went with tradition and ordered him a Hansen’s cake. I wanted an homage to him as The Gourmet Dad. They executed the cake so real looking that the kids asked if those were real vegetables on the cake and if they had to eat them ha ha!

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I had so much fun getting creative in the kitchen for my hubby’s birthday, and came up with some great fun recipes that we will definitely make again for the family. 

What’s the most inventive cake you’ve ever made? Upload the photos and recipes to your profile page and leave a link in the comments. I’ll feature my faves in an upcoming blog!

Love,

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