Last week was my almost-husband Andy’s birthday and this was his cake. From the moment I saw the Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook and I flipped past this gorgeous, sprinkle-laden cake, I knew it was worthy of a special birthday. Since my turn to pick the recipe for Milk Bar Monday coincided with my fiancé Andy’s birthday, I knew this was the cake he was getting. I mean, how could I not make him this cake?
Christina Tosi aimed to create a replica of the classic funfetti boxed cake that she remembers from her childhood. Even though my Mom never made it, I remember adoring when classmates brought in fluffy funfetti cupcakes with creamy canned frosting. The thought of making a similar cake but from scratch seemed like a dream come true. And it truly was.
This cake was everything I had dreamed of and more. The cake itself was soft and fluffy, the frosting was creamy and perfectly sweet, and the crunchy birthday cake crumbs layered in between added the perfect contrasting texture. Andy feasted on this cake, and everyone else that tried it agreed it was the perfect nostalgic comfort food.
The one change I would make next time is to make a bit more frosting. It was so delicious and I ended up a little short. So basically- eating little mini bites of cake scraps slathered in frosting before you make the cake isn’t a good idea..you’ll need every last drop!
Don’t forget to check out the how the other Milk Bar Monday Girls fared on this fabulous cake:
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tsp McCormick brand clear imitation vanilla extract
- Whisk together the milk and vanilla in a small cup or bowl.
- 8 tbl (1 stick) salted butter, at room temp
- ¼ cup vegetable shortening
- 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temp
- 1 tablespoon glucose
- 2 tbl light corn syrup
- 1 tbl McCormick brand clear imitation vanilla extract
- 1¼ cup powdered sugar
- pinch baking powder
- pinch citric acid
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, shortening, and the cream cheese for 2 to 3 minutes on medium-high until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.
- Add the glucose, corn syrup, and vanilla, and beat the mixture on medium-high speed for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and glossy white.
- Add the powdered sugar, baking powder, and citric acid on low speed until just combined. Crank the mixer to high speed and beat for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture is stark white and fluffy.
Source: Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook