Do you have a recipe for birthday cake?
Do I ever! And I've got a great reason to eat one, too. This month, Bodybuilding.com turns the big one-five. You read right! The site you're reading has grown from a creatine-peddling baby swaddled in a blue blanket, to a tot learning his way in the world, to a precocious child, to a pimply faced teen repping out biceps curls in the basement.
Along the way, the site has enriched the world of fitness by soaking up knowledge and disseminating it to an ever-increasing community of diehard enthusiasts. A lot has changed in that time, but the most consistent element in Bodybuilding.com's message over the last 15 years is probably the importance of nutrition—the cornerstone of all physique endeavors. So what better way to celebrate the anniversary than with a black forest protein cake?
Looking at this cake's ingredients might leave you surprised—they're not what you'd typically expect from a black forest cake. There's no whipped cream, no Kirschwasser or other liquors, and the maraschino cherries are entirely optional. But with a cake this incredibly moist, sweet, and rich with vanilla and chocolate flavor, you'll still get the most important parts of the experience!
Since this question almost always shows up in the comments, I'll answer it now: Yes, you can play around with your protein powders. I've included a couple of options below, but don't feel limited to them.
Make this cake your own, and use that personal touch to celebrate the birthday of a friend, loved one, or the most amazing health and fitness website on earth!
- 1 cup drained and cooked Black Beans
- 1/4 cup of Agave Syrup
- 1 cup Egg Whites
- 1/2 cup Chocolate Pea Protein Powder or Chocolate Casein
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
- 2 tbsp Toffee Stevia or your sweetener of choice
- 1 cup Oats (gluten-free or regular)
- 3 tubs of Greek Yogurt (340g)
- 1 8-oz. tub of Philadelphia light Cream Cheese
- 1/2 cup of Vanilla Casein (or 1/2 cup of Vanilla Whey with 2 tbsp of Coconut Flour)
- Blend all cake ingredients together until they're well combined and the batter is smooth.
- Bake at 320 F (160 C) for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- For the frosting, mix all frosting ingredients together until you get a creamy thick batter.
- Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
- Cut the cake in half horizontally and fill it with frosting. Looking for an added punch of flavor? Coat the middle layer with cherry jam.
- Frost the sides and top of your cake. Make additional decorations by using a piping bag. If you want, stay true to traditional black forest cake by adding shaved dark chocolate and cherries.
- Top with 16 candles-the extra one is for good luck—close your eyes, and make a wish. Eat up!
Serving Size: 1 slice
Recipe Yields: 10
Protein Birthday Cake PDF (328 KB)