Baby Birthday Cake

Happy 20th +/- a few years birthday to Shaun! My all-star fiance. The one who deals with my whining and mess-ups and is as obsessed with coffee as me and helps me win trivia. We’ll be spending the day out celebrating at Blue Mountain Brewery [one of his favorite places in town], but I’ll give you a cyber-taste of part of his gift: a mini chocolate stout cake with [vegan] vanilla stout buttercream and chocolate pretzels. It’s only a baby cake [6″], but still I got to make a mess in the kitchen:


The star was a Bell’s stout. Bell’s is turning out to be a good cooking beer.

the star.

The baby cake baked for about a half hour, then cooled and was transferred to a baker’s box.



From there, I iced it with a vegan buttercream frosting made with more bell’s stout, vanilla, whey sugar [essentially fake confectioner’s sugar] and earth balance.

so much icing.

the end.

Once completed, it got the finishing touch: chocolate covered pretzels for garnish.


Shaun used the remainder of the pretzels to scoop up the leftover icing. I’ll let you know what he thinks of the cake, but for now, we’ve got a birthday to celebrate! Have a great weekend!

For the recipe, head over to Serious Eats. My substitutions were too numerous to even list, but included fat-free sour cream, applesauce instead of butter, earth balance instead of butter, splenda, egg whites only, halved the recipe, didn’t use Guinness, cooked it in a 6″ round cake pan instead of as cupcakes, I basically don’t follow directions.


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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: Tumblr:


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3 Comments on “Baby Birthday Cake”

  1. Bev
    January 14, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    Happy Birthday Shaun–I know it will be fun celebrating it with Courtney xoxox Love

  2. January 14, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    Neither do I…but then I end up with more wrecks than successes! Sounds like this went well.


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