I started to make this cake just as chocolate with chocolate, but then the recipe mentioned caramel and chocolate drizzle. It was 8 am and I had already been up for hours but decided to go for it. I’m glad I did! It ended up a lot like this cake I had made for my birthday awhile ago. But, it was basically the easier and better version. I had no issues with the caramel’s consistency for using it inside the cake. I didn’t quite follow the full recipe, but it was still good as is.
I’ve been wanting to make a jellyroll cake for a long time. I’ve found so many recipes for them that look good, and I’ve watched videos, read about them…I’ve even made one. I made it back in college when I was still learning how to cook different recipes. When I tried making one then, it turned out like a big cracker. I realized that I had forgotten the sugar, and I’m not sure if anything else was wrong, but yeah. It was an epic failure. I couldn’t even practice the rolling part. Well, I finally got the courage up and I made one. It turned out better and was easier than I thought. But I still learned some tricks.
A friend was getting married and she was doing a smaller celebration, but had invited me to be a witness. I wasn’t sure if she was going to have a cake, but I knew her favorite cake flavor and I wanted to make one for them, even if they were also having additional cake. So, I had this plan but didn’t tell her since I wanted it to be a surprise. I had also thought of incorporating these brownies somehow since they are one of her favorite treats but I didn’t think it would work well as a cake layer. I bought a box for the cake and it was a bit larger than I intended so I had to make a cake to match. I went from making “maybe a 3 layer 6 inch cake” to a 4 layer 8 inch cake with lots of frosting.
Did you read the title? If you did then you can see that I made multiple cakes for the Fudgelet this year. We made rainbow cupcakes for his actual birthday and then his birthday party was a few weeks later. Since his birthday is so close to K’s birthday, we just made a small batch of cupcakes and then made a big cake for K this year (some years I do a smaller cake for K). And I knew the Fudgelet would get more cake at his party.
Let’s start with the cupcakes!
Here I go sharing a recipe from many months ago. But, thankfully, you can make this cake at any point in the year. The Chiplet was just over a week old and we were celebrating Thanksgiving as a family of 4. The Fudgelet helped me make this cake while K helped take care of the Chiplet. I try to soak up my mom/toddler time since it is difficult when the baby wants to take his fair share of time, too. There were some pictures of the process that I took, but K also took some pictures of us baking. There were some cute ones of the two of us but it’s funny seeing myself with a belly that looked about 6 months pregnant. I know I was super tired too, so I’m not sure how I made a cake, but I did!
What is this Halloween in February nonsense, you say? It’s called…I could delay this post and schedule it in October of this year but it seems so weird when these were all done pre-Chiplet and I want this October to be with ideas for a family with 2 kids and not just the Fudgelet. So, maybe you don’t have a need for a spider cake in February, but maybe you do? Maybe you can use the same idea to make a heart cake? Or something else fun?
There is a reason for this cake…and a reason it is this shape. Can you guess?