Happy Bison Birthday!

August 11th, 2009

I really like Bison… when one of my museum co-workers asked me what animal I like to see at the Zoo… I immediately responded “Bison!” which promptly messed up her survey. I followed up with flamingos and seals trying to help her out.  Bison are so cool! Big burly animals… I just like them… I mentioned this to my brother and his girlfriend this weekend… they iced my cake with a bison on it!

Yes, today is my birthday!  My mom made my favorite chocolate cake with the yummy custard icing this weekend.  My brother and his girlfriend decorated it… including a little Batman because I also have a thing for Batman!  This is the classic birthday cake in my family!  Delicious the day of… and even better the next day when the custard icing is cold…

The Best Chocolate Cake
(from Betty Crocker)

2 cups all-purpose flour or cake flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
2 eggs

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan, two 9-inch round cake pans, or three 8-inch round cake pans. In large bowl, beat all cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan(s).
2. Bake rectangle 40 to 45 minutes, rounds 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool rectangle in pan on cooling rack. Cool rounds 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely.

The Custard Icing (from my grandmother)
1 cup milk
5 tablespoonfuls flour
½ cup or 1 stick butter, softened
½ cup Crisco
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoonful vanilla

Whisk the flour into the milk and cook over medium heat until it thickens like a custard. Remove from heat and cool-you c an refrigerate if you want. I always cut a circle of wax paper and place on the surface so a skin doesn’t form. Cream the butter, sugar, and Crisco. Add vanilla and the custard and beat at high speed until creamy.

7 Responses to “Happy Bison Birthday!”

  1. Mom on August 11, 2009 10:09 am

    Happy Birthday or Brithday, Ginny! love you.

  2. justcooknyc on August 11, 2009 3:34 pm

    happy birthday!

  3. zenchef on August 12, 2009 11:35 am

    Wait.. you have a thing for bisons and batman. Hmmm.. :)
    The cake looks fabulous!
    Happy Birthday to you!!

  4. Resa on August 13, 2009 8:33 am

    The bison/batman/ladybug cake is an interesting combo, but it just isn’t as cool as my Ninja Turtle Cake. Sorry Sist, you lose ;)

    Happy Birthday! Have fun on your vacation.

  5. Lu on August 13, 2009 2:43 pm

    Happy Birthday, Ginny! It’s the best birthday cake in the world! Always requested your Grandmother to make it for me on my birthday!

    Love you, Lu

  6. Juan on August 13, 2009 5:05 pm

    Bison? I dunno, looks like a buffalo to me….

  7. Manggy on August 16, 2009 4:50 am

    Juan is being mean >:) I can’t believe I missed this! Happy birthday Ginny! it certainly is a very, uh, uncommon animal for a young lady (or anyone, for that matter) to have an interest in, but okay :) What a special cake– just for bison lover Ginny! :)

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