While I was in Toronto my bestie requested one thing, to make a layer cake with fun icing while I was visiting. Of course I said yes, taking any opportunity to bake. I wasn’t exactly sure where she wanted to go with the cake other then vanilla layer cake with fun icing. That’s when we started brain storming and came up with our take on the ‘cereal cake.’ I had to get Dani to buy cake pans because she didn’t have any and I picked up some of the cake ingredients and one evening we set out on a mission to make a cake. We opted for a violet coloured icing because we thought it would be neutral enough to go with our Lucky Charms and sprinkles. It was so fun to make and quite delicious!
If you haven’t seen Chef’s Table yet, I seriously recommend you stop reading this post and turn on Netflix. Specifically to the episode about Christina Tosi, the owner and creator of Milk Bar. I had watched lots of Netflix shows and lots of Chef’s Table episodes but none of them compare to the episode about Christina Tosi, not even the Italian ones! I think I have probably watched it at least twice but most likely more because I find her so inspiring and just all around fun. Her type of baking is so different then anything I have ever seen before and I love that. I often find myself in a rut for recipes looking to inspiration from other bakers and that’s why Milk Bar is such an inspiration to me. My cousins even bought me one of her cookbooks because I love her so much! While Dani and I were brainstorming this cake we were inspired by Christina Tosi’s love of cereal milk. Instead of using Cereal Milk, we used straight up cereal, Lucky Charms to be exact. The cake was a simple vanilla cake to keep flavours simple. We didn’t only use the actual marshmallow Lucky Charms but Dani had the great idea to crush up the rest of the cereal to add some crunch to the top and in between layer of the cake.
I am seriously considering making another one of these cakes but with another children’s cereal flavour, maybe Cocoa Puffs or Frosted Flakes, I guess you’ll just have to wait and see! Stay tuned for our trip to Bake Shoppe in Toronto, a bakery that truly inspired me to keep going with this fun, over the top kind of baking!