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Birthday Cake


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Since the day Commerce opened, like most other restaurants, people have come in asking for a dessert with a birthday candle in it.  After enough requests, I decided to create a birthday dessert that I could just keep on the menu.  I came up with this super moist yellow cake; it has a chocolate buttercream frosting and it’s covered in rainbow sprinkles.  Every piece of Birthday Cake that goes out into the dining room comes with a candle, whether it’s your birthday or not.  As a result, every single piece that goes out in the dining room feel special and makes people smile.  It’s a lot of fun!

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups sugar

2 Tablespoons plus ½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

6 oz (1 ½ sticks) butter, room temperature

¾ cup plus ⅓ cup milk

6 egg yolks

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a rimmed baking sheet.

Mix the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.  Add the softened butter and ¾ cup milk and beat at medium speed for 3 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl halfway through.  In a small bowl, combine the egg yolks, vanilla, and final ⅓ cup milk.  Slowly add to the mixing bowl.  Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.  Pour onto the baking sheet, making sure to evenly spread the batter.  Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown and a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.



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