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French Toast Birthday "Cake"

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Liza is a homemaker. She has an obsession with coffee and loves photography, baking, cooking, and writing.

Ta-da! Here's a French toast tower as a birthday cake for my husband. It's made up of four layers of eggy bread and sliced bananas, topped with fresh blackberries and raspberries. Yum!

Ta-da! Here's a French toast tower as a birthday cake for my husband. It's made up of four layers of eggy bread and sliced bananas, topped with fresh blackberries and raspberries. Yum!

Birthday Cake Made Out of French Toast

For my husband's birthday, I decided to make something other than a traditional cake. Since he loves French toast, I was inspired to make a tower of French toast—and he loved it! To make it even more special, I used a loaf of homemade bread that I'd baked a day earlier.

How Is French Toast Made?

Everyone makes French toast a little differently. Generally, it is made by soaking bread in eggs and milk and then frying it in a pan. Beyond this basic formula, however, everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to what other ingredients are included in the perfect recipe.

Recently, I've been using ghee oil rather than butter to fry the bread—the resulting French toast is very crispy. Ghee is a class of clarified butter that originated in ancient India. If you don't have ghee or prefer not to use it, butter works just fine.

The French Toast Is Scrumptious!

My husband was delighted with his French toast birthday "cake." I added a very generous layer of sliced bananas between each slice of toast, and I topped it with fresh blackberries and raspberries. To finish, I sprinkled powdered sugar and then drizzled maple syrup. Voila! My husband said he was happy with a special birthday treat and said the French toast was delicious!

Try making this for yourself or a loved one at home. It could be for a birthday or any special occasion.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 slices bread (I used homemade white bread, but any type of bread you have at home will do)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 5 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons ghee (I used ghee with vanilla bean)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Maple syrup, honey, or other syrup
  • Fresh fruits (bananas, blackberries, raspberries, etc.) or fruit compote (optional)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon powder. Stir until a smooth batter forms.
  2. Heat the ghee and olive oil on medium heat in a pan.
  3. Take the first slice of bread and dip one side of it in the batter thinly. Do not dip the whole slice into the batter, as this will make the toast soggy. Dip the other side with the same technique.
  4. Put the coated bread in the pan. Cook both sides until they turn golden brown, then remove.
  5. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.
  6. Top with fresh, thinly sliced fruit or fruit compote.
  7. Drizzle with maple syrup, honey, or syrup of your choice.
  8. Enjoy!

How to keep the French toast warm before serving: Heat the oven to 190°F. After cooking the first batch, place the French toast on foil or a pan and let it sit in the oven. Continue doing this until you have finished making all of the French toast.

Photo Tutorial

Ghee is my essential ingredient for making crispy and yummy French toast.

Ghee is my essential ingredient for making crispy and yummy French toast.

Here are some fresh blackberries and raspberries. I also used blueberries—but I forgot to put them in the bowl.

Here are some fresh blackberries and raspberries. I also used blueberries—but I forgot to put them in the bowl.

Sliced bananas

Sliced bananas

My homemade loaf of white bread

My homemade loaf of white bread

The French toast is cooking

The French toast is cooking

After the first batch, let the French toast sit on foil or a pan in the oven to keep it warm before serving.

After the first batch, let the French toast sit on foil or a pan in the oven to keep it warm before serving.

Assembling the tower of French toast

Assembling the tower of French toast

Here is the final decoration with powdered sugar. Don't forget the candle!

Here is the final decoration with powdered sugar. Don't forget the candle!

Delicious and beautiful French toast birthday cake for my husband. Serve with a generous drizzle of his favorite maple syrup.

Delicious and beautiful French toast birthday cake for my husband. Serve with a generous drizzle of his favorite maple syrup.

© 2020 Liza