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Whether or not you’ve been to New York City, you’ve likely seen tantalizing dessert photos from Momofuku Milk Bar. You’ve lusted over their towering, pastel-colored birthday cake, you’ve yearned to try their buttery crack pie, and you’ve dreamed about their salty and sweet compost cookies. Not hitting up the Big Apple any time soon? No worries, you can make Milk Bar’s most iconic desserts in your own kitchen. 

Birthday Cake

Sprinkle-rich vanilla cake, light and sweet vanilla frosting, and Momofuku’s signature cake crumbs between each layer make this dessert amazing, but it’s the vanilla milk soak that really takes the cake. The soak, a mixture of milk and vanilla extract, is brushed on each cake layer to keep the whole thing moist and flavorful. Use the technique once for your Momofuku copy, and you’ll want to spread it on every cake you make.

Crack Pie

This pie is a drug, and there’s a reason why. A couple of reasons, actually: its crumbly cookie crust, made of a pre-baked oat cookie crumbled with butter and brown sugar, and its ooey-gooey filling, a mixture of cream, egg yolks, sugar and butter, that melts in your mouth in a way so addictive that it can only be described as crack-like.

Compost Cookies

This dessert takes the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink idea, which results in a wildly textured cookie, flavored with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, potato chips, mini pretzels, oats, ground coffee and graham cracker crumbs. They’re crispy, crunchy and just the right degree of melty.

German Chocolate Jimbo Cake

This colossal cake gives the word “moist” a whole new meaning. Dark chocolate cake is layered with gooey Crack Pie filling (with the addition of shredded coconut), pureed pecans and crushed cornflakes, and, of course, a signature soak (this time, made with Ovaltine). There’s also plenty of chocolate buttercream frosting, which beautifully binds these blankets of sugary bliss.

Cereal Milk Shake

These corn-flake shakes take Momofuku’s up a notch with optional caramel corn. Making the milkshake is quite simple; just steep corn flakes in milk overnight, strain the resulting sweet liquid, and blend it with vanilla ice cream. It’s like drinking the milk at the bottom of your cereal bowl — only much, much more delicious.

Corn Cookies

These sweet and savory, crunchy and chewy bakes are the simplest dessert you’ll find at Momofuku, but they’re no less addictive than the others. Satisfying on their own or crumbled into any treat imaginable, they’re killer cookies.

Dying to make something else on the Milk Bar menu? More recipes are available here.

Featured Image: Joy Huang/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: Birthday Cake, cereal milk, crack pie, dessert recipes, milk bar, momofuku, New York
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We Want A Slice Of Chance The Rapper’s Birthday Cake


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Chance the Rapper has just celebrated his 24th birthday, and he did it the best way I can think of. He had a birthday cake shaped like his favorite fried chicken meal. What’s better than that?

Eater reports that Chance the Rapper’s birthday cake was shaped like his favorite meal from Harold’s Chicken Shack in Chicago. Check it out:

This cake was reportedly designed by Alliance Bakery in Chicago and features a seven-piece wing combo with a bottle of Mistic kiwi-strawberry. The cake is vanilla (okay, it would be better if it were chocolate) and the wings and fries were made of fondant icing. Of course, you could never tell, since this looks so much like a cake with actual chicken wings and fries scattered around on the top and side of it.

It’s probably safe to assume that Chance the Rapper loved his cake, too, considering the sweet note he wrote about it on his Instagram. “Thank God for the people in my life I’ve had unimaginable & undeserving blessings in my 24 years here. I love you Chicago, let’s see what we can do for this world.”

If you’ve never heard of Harold’s Chicken Shack, the description from Serious Eats should help set you straight. According to said description, Harold’s offers “the best bad fried chicken on Earth.”

Bad fried chicken is apparently such that it’s swimming in grease and salt and the skin “slips right off the meat on first bite.” You know its kind. Good fried chicken is referred to as the kind that tries to be more “refined,” without all the extra grease and salt. Harold’s doesn’t care about that. This fried chicken joint just cares about creating and offering a delicious product.

The logo is a red-suited man chasing a chicken with a hatchet. There’s a quirky style about the place, and other rappers, such as Wale and Kendrick Lamar, are known to enjoy Harold’s chicken as well. Sounds like the perfect place to model your birthday cake after.

Sources: Eater, Serious Eats / Photo Credit: Chef Tru/Instagram

Tags: Birthday Cake, chance the rapper, fried chicken, Harold's Chicken Shack Chicago
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Raw Meat Cakes Are Apparently A Real Thing (Photos)


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If you’re watching your sugar and carb intake and following more of a protein-heavy diet, these meat cakes might be just the thing for you.

Metro reports that the citizens of Japan have bumped their birthday celebrations up a notch with the introduction of raw meat cakes. And no, this isn’t steak tartare we’re talking about … it’s a raw meat platter shaped like a birthday cake. They even put candles on top and everything.

Some are decorated with sparklers, and others even with flowers. The meats are top choice and, according to Kotaku, they’re appearing more and more at grilled meat restaurants all over the country.

When looking through these pictures (which are all over social media, FYI), you have to wonder who even came up with this? And why?

According to Bustle, in a country like Japan where most meals are dominated by fish and rice, high-quality meats are a luxury, which explains why they’re such a great birthday gift. If you receive a platter of meat shaped like a birthday cake or like roses (or both), you’re a pretty happy camper. If you’re at a grill-your-own-meat joint, it could just be like meshing your dinner with your dessert.

Take apart the beautifully crafted piece of beefy artwork and get to grilling, after snapping a picture, of course. Some of the “cakes” even feature high-quality cuts of sashimi.

Personally, this new trend is not my thing. If you say cake, I expect layers upon layers of chocolate and icing; I want my flowers to be full of sugar. However, I guess I can see the appeal. I’m sure the carnivores delight in this (probably very expensive) birthday treat.

Maybe if I could get past the look of it … I could give a meat cake a chance. Then again, I’d have to go to Japan to do so. Strange how this seems like it would be much more of a Western thing. I guess we’ve rubbed off on them some!

Sources: Metro, Kotaku, Bustle / Photo Credit: melogy5/Twitter, Kotaku/Twitter, kazu23kayo/TwitterTags: Birthday Cake, Happy Birthday, japan, meat cake, Raw Meat, Raw Meat Cake
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Chris Hemsworth Makes Birthday Cake For His Daughter (Photos)


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Chris Hemsworth can now add “Baker” and “Super Dad” to his list of accolades.

After a bakery told the Thor actor that they did not have time to bake a cake for his four-year-old daughter, India Rose, he used his Thunder God powers to whip one up himself.

“What happens when the bakery says they don’t have time to make your daughter a birthday cake?” he wrote on Instagram. “You get involved and smash one out yourself! I call it ‘La TRex a la chocolate.'”

When there’s a will, there’s a way! With green frosting, sprinkles, candy, Hemsworth “smashed out” a pretty impressive last-minute dinosaur cake.

“Who the heck wouldn’t squeeze in time to make a cake for Chris Hemsworth?!” wrote stacywalkerdean.

That was my first thought, I’ll be honest.

Hemsworth, who has three children in total, told Parade magazine that his life took on new meaning when his kids were born.

“For the first time, it’s not about me anymore,” Hemsworth said, as noted by People. “This internal dialogue about my own boring story isn’t at the forefront of my thoughts. It’s about them now, their welfare. If I make a film, what is that going to allow us to do? What is it going to give them?”

His wife, Elsa Pataky, also shared a behind-the-scenes photo of her husband’s endeavors as a pastry chef.

The couple also has two-year-old twin boys, Sasha and Tristan. Will Hemsworth attempt to make two cakes for the boys’ third birthday? Only time will tell.

Source: People Magazinechrishemsworth/Instagram / Photo credit: elsapatakyconfidential/Instagram

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Picture Of Cake Goes Viral After Story Behind The Decoration Is Revealed (Photo)


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A photo of a cake from a Meijer supermarket has gone viral after the story behind the person who decorated it was revealed.

On Nov. 29, Lisa Aldrich shared a photo on Facebook of a cake she bought from Meijer. She wrote in the post that an employee asked her if she could write on the cake after she had picked it out. The employee then took a long time on the cake, and when Aldrich finally received it, she thanked the employee and checked out.

During checkout, other employees explained the significance of the cake.

“To my surprise, after they discussed it, one cashier put her arm on my shoulder and said ‘the girl who wrote that has Autism. Thank you for smiling and thanking her- even though she’s not supposed to write on cakes, you probably made her day,’” Lisa wrote in the post accompanying the photo.

After sharing the photo and the story, the photo went viral, being shared by several autism groups and thousands of people across the country, according to Fox 17. Lt. Governor of Michigan Brian Calley even retweeted the photo on his Twitter account.

See Lisa Aldrich’s full Facebook post below.

Tags: Autism, Birthday Cake, lisa aldrich, Meijer, Viral Facebook Post
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