This year my little cousin turned 13. I cannot believe he is 13! He's my godson and we are pretty close. He lives 2 ½ hours away from me but I see him about once a month. So seeing him turn into a teenager is beyond crazy.
When I called him on his birthday this year the poor kid was sick as a dog. He had the flu and it quickly turned into pneumonia. I felt horrible for him. Luckily his birthday party was 2 weeks after his birthday so he had time to heal.
He decided this year he wanted to have a video game party. His mom was renting a video game bus for the kids and everything at the party was going to be video game themed. He wanted me to make cookie and a cake and had some pretty crazy ideas about what type of cake and cookies he wanted.
After looking around I sent him a list of 4 cakes and about a dozen cookies that I could make. He picked 4 designs of cookies and 1 cake. The cake was a Pac-Man cake and I was seriously excited to make it. He loves chocolate so the cake was chocolate and the frosting was vanilla flavored.
I tinted the background frosting black. I covered the entire cake in black frosting. Then I piped on the video game screen. It looked so cool. I was so excited about how it looked. It was exactly how I imagined it. I sent a picture to my cousin and he told me I was amazing. It was cute.
Unfortunately, the day of his party they were calling for 5-8 inches of snow and Pittsburgh went under a winter weather warning. My cousin had to cancel the party so this cake wasn't eaten for the party. Everyone was pretty upset about it.
For the cake:
- 2 c. flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ c. cocoa powder
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 ¼ c. sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ c. milk
For the frosting:
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 4 c. powdered sugar
- 2-3 Tablespoons milk
- Food coloring (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and black)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix and set aside.
- In a large bowl mix the butter until smooth. Add in the sugar and cream.
- Stir in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
- Add in the cocoa powder and mix well.
- Add half the flour mixture and stir well. Mix in the milk stirring until combined. Add the remaining flour and mix until smooth.
- Pour into the baking pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges and then remove from pan. Cool completely.
- In a large bowl beat the butter with a mixer. Add in the vanilla and mix until blended.
- Stir in the powdered sugar a half cup at a time until thick. Add just enough milk to make the frosting to the desired consistency.
- Divide the frosting in half. Dye one half black. Frost the entire cake with black frosting. Place the remaining black frosting in a piping bag and pipe dots all around the edges.
- Divide the remaining frosting in half. Dye half of the frosting medium blue. Pipe a line around the outside edge. Pipe on the video game screen. Pipe on one of the Pac-Man ghosts.
- Divide the remaining frosting in half and dye half of it yellow. Pipe out Happy Birthday on the top. Pipe the dots in the video game screen. Pipe on Pac-Man.
- Divide the remaining frosting into 6 small bowls. Color one pink, one red, one orange, one green, and leave one white.
- Use the pink, red, and orange for ghosts in the game. Use the orange for a peach on the screen. Use the red for cherries on the screen. Use the green for the top of the peach and the cherry stems.
- Finally, use the white to pipe eyes onto the ghosts.
- Lastly, use the black to put dots on the whites of the eyes. Then pipe the black eye on Pac-Man.
The cake is a Hezzi-D Original Recipe. The Pac-Man design is from Cake Design by April