Aka a very special birthday cake for my one and only brother! It takes some very exceptional people to be born on Independence Day. These people are generous enough to share their day with the rest of America. I guess it's not that bad of a trade, in return they are compensated with delicious food from the grill (no joke I've had hot dogs two days in a row now, and looking at a third today) and a fantastical fireworks show at night.
And for Eugene specifically, birthdays mean going to the Brazilian steakhouse for lunch and consuming enough red meat for an entire cow, perhaps an exaggeration or perhaps not (there are six of us, after all). Birthdays mean tons of art supplies and cartoon books as gifts, because thankfully you will never tire of those things. They mean eating a cupcake after a leeeetle too much steak but you still gotta eat the cupcake because it's not a birthday without cake!
Probably most important though is that Eugene's birthday is a good chance for the family to get together after a long school year. For some reason, we almost never miss his birthday. It's the perfect time to get together with family, laugh at our mistakes and experiences from the past school year, discuss what we've been seeing, and look forward to what we'll be doing this summer. Our family has a group chat on our phones and sure, that works for the daily "I love you guys" text, but nothing beats seeing your family in person and laughing with them.
So happy happy birthday my little brother! I'm so proud of all your talents and accomplishments. You have the creativity gene in the family and I'm glad you embrace it. Someday I'll be seeing your animated movies on the big screen. In the meantime, let's drink beers (you're 21!) and celebrate!
I often associate certain flavors with certain people, and peanut butter was the first thing that came to mind when brainstorming of cake ideas for my bro. This whole wheat peanut butter cake has a surprisingly light texture despite the flour being whole wheat, and it's so so soft when it comes out of the oven. The peanut butter frosting is quick and easy, and makes the cake more dessert like, although I'm sure that if you baked up the cake and didn't frost it, it would sure be a tasty snack cake.
P.S. Happy birthday to America too! Have a happy Fourth!
Whole wheat peanut butter cake
For the cake
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease two 9 inch cake pans and line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, dark brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the milk, eggs, peanut butter, and butter and mix until well combined using a hand mixer.
Pour batter into prepared pans and bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake pans comes out clean.
Take cakes out and let sit for 10 minutes. Take the cakes out of the pan and place on a cooling rack until completely cool.
Frost with your favorite frosting! I used an easy peanut butter buttercream, but I didn't take measurements. Basically though, I whipped together a small half stick of butter with about a 1/4 cup of crunchy peanut butter, then added powdered sugar and a couple tablespoons of almond milk until I reached a good consistency for frosting. But this would also taste amazing with a chocolate frosting!