Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Greg and Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

It's hubby's birthday today; I love an occasion to make a cake. With just 2 of us at home a cake lasts too long. Actually I just have no will power and to have a cake staring at me all day is just more than I can take. So you can see why I need a special occasion to make a cake. Enough about my faults.

Greg is the best thing to ever happen to me! He is an amazing husband, father and grandfather. I fell in love with Greg because of the way he treated other people. His aging grandmothers, children, the waitress etc., Greg was kind and respectful to everyone. I knew he would treat me the same way. And he does!

Greg has served in our community and our church. He loves scouting and has spent many vacation days serving boys. He coached baseball and other sports, of course he loved to win (he is a guy) but he knew that winning was not as important as building boys.

Greg is gentle, little children love him. He can always soothe a crying baby. His children, now adults turn to their father for advice and a listening ear. He is loved by his grandchildren, he always has time for them. He is the perfect grandfather!

Happy Birthday Greg! We do love you.

Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting
This is always a winner. Make your favorite chocolate cake. I made Dories Cocoa-Buttermilk Birthday Cake (yummy) Bake in 2 or 3-8 or 9 inch round pans. Cool completly. Fill layers and top with Coconut Pecan Frosting. Frost sides with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting and pipe a fancy edge around the top and bottom of cake. This cake feeds a crowd, serve with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. This cake can also be made in a 9x13 inch pan. Just top the cake with the coconut pecan frosting. Chocolate frosting could be piped around the edge of the cake. Yes you will have some frosting left over. But frosting on graham crackers is more than delicious. I am pretty sure that the Chocolate Sour Cream frosting will be you new favorite frosting. Enjoy!
Coconut Pecan Frosting
1 cup sugar
1  cup evaporated milk
1 square butter
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
Mix first 5 ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat until thick, about 13-15 minutes. Stir constantly. When thick add coconut and nuts and stir till cool and thick.


Kayte said...

Happy Birthday, Greg! You know, Greg and my husband Mark sound an awful lot alike...must be those July birthdays (Mark's was the 19th). They are just a pleasure to live with, aren't they? We are so lucky. Your cake looks wonderful! I am having great success with making little mini cakes. A 6" cake pan is half of an 8", two layers each. If I do a quarter, I make 1 of the 6" layers and cut it in half horizontally and I still have a little layer cake...perfect for size and festive enough to look like a whole cake! Matt leaves for college in 3 is going to be a lot of Land of the Minis on everything around here. I cannot imagine my savings in food when he leaves and takes all his friends with him. I will be in shock next summer when they all return for the summer, right? Your cake is beautiful. I love how you frosted it.

Candise said...

Happy wishes to the best dad in the world! I think we'll buy some whoppers today as we celebrate Dad!

Anonymous said...

What a stunning cake - lovely flavors and it looks amazing. Happy Birthday to Greg!

Unknown said...

We sure love that guy!

And your cake looks amazing mom. I need to make that little number for scotty!

Anonymous said...

I made German chocolate cake for my husband's birthday too, but couldn't figure out how to make it look "pretty" with the coconut icing around the sides. This way is brilliant! Thanks for sharing!