Have a PBJ Birthday!

The best things in life may just come from the unlikeliest of pairs. So what do you get when you take the all-time favorite lunch sandwich, peanut butter and jelly, and bake it into cake? Well, dreams come true. Serve this quirky confection at your son or daughter's birthday and tears will be shed, hearts will break and guests will faint. Okay, perhaps that's an emotional exaggeration for simply saying this tasty cake is pretty darn clever. Imagine sinking your teeth into a vanilla-flavored cake sandwiching smooth, creamy peanut butter and the sweet flavors of fruit jelly. Kids will love the cake's fun sandwich shape and delicious peanut butter frosting.

Use something like the CakeWich™ Bake Pan from the ShinDigz birthday party supply store online. The silicone pan measures 8 x 7 inches and is dishwasher safe. TheExtraordinaryArtOfCake.com features the easy peanut butter and jelly cake recipe and recommends using white cake for the batter. Bake this beloved sandwich as a birthday cake for your child's upcoming birthday party.

Serve glasses of milk with the slices of cake. Make it a super sweet celebration for the kids and serve chocolate milk with straws ringed with Fruit Loop cereal. Kids will love to wash down the PB&J cake by sipping chocolate milk through bright green, red, orange and yellow straws. Cheers!

PB&J Cake

According to The Extraordinary Art of Cake's baker-blogger, Astral:
For the cake:
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 175 g. unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
For the frosting:
  • 63 g. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Your favorite flavor of jelly

Preheat your oven to 315°F and grease the CakeWich™ pan. For the batter, use a whisk to mix the flour, baking power and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the egg whites and milk.

Blend the softened, unsalted butter and sugar in a mixer until the mixture is a light and fluffy consistency. Add the vanilla extract and beat vigorously. Add one quarter of your dry ingredients and one quarter of your wet ingredients to the mixture and blend at a low speed. Repeat steps until all of the ingredients are combined.

Pour the batter into the cake pan, smooth its top using a spatula and bake for about 60 to 70 minutes. If you stick a toothpick into its center, it should come out clean. Cool for one hour while the cake is still in the pan. Then release the cake right side up and continue cooling.

Using an electric mixture, mix the softened, unsalted butter and creamy peanut butter until it's thoroughly blended. Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract; beat for 3 minutes until fluffy.

Slice off the cake's dome and then slice the cake horizontally into two equal parts. Spread peanut butter frosting and jelly on one cake layer. Place the second cake layer on top to complete your cake. Stick colorful happy birthday candles into the cake. "Happy birthday to you…"

    Editor's Note: Stacie is a writer and everyone's favorite fix-it friend. She enjoys hanging out with Max, her dog, and starting large and daring DIY projects at her home in Michigan.

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