Claire Bakes Birthday Cake | From the Test Kitchen | Bon Appétit

  • Published on Feb 14, 2019
  • It doesn't have to be your birthday to eat this birthday cake. Join Claire Saffitz in the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen as she bakes a birthday sheet cake with a chocolate cream cheese frosting!

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  • David Hartin
    David Hartin 7 hours ago

    Claire is very purdy.

  • Brodin PAD
    Brodin PAD 2 days ago

    7:10 I Read “Birthday The Cake”.

  • The Moon
    The Moon 7 days ago +1

    Finally...a happy, calm, knows what to do claire

  • Ronin LePloof
    Ronin LePloof 14 days ago

    Make a Valencia cake!!! It's so delicious, you won't regret it! Please!

  • Dolly Sumrow
    Dolly Sumrow 15 days ago

    Great information?

  • Arrah Lopez
    Arrah Lopez 16 days ago

    I just love it so much whenever Claire smiles, especially when she makes it through a challenge and she gets that well deserved praise.

  • Amrit Shergill
    Amrit Shergill 16 days ago

    seriously omg why didn't you guys put the amount for the frosting separate from the cake mix like i fudged the whole recipe up god friggin damn it

  • Abbey K
    Abbey K 17 days ago

    Ok so I (a non baker) actually made this and it was delicious! I will day the chocolate frosting was a little too salty for my sweets loving pallet so I would go 1/4 tsp. Of salt in the frosting instead of 3/4. Other than that DELICIOUS & so easy. Thanks Claire!!!

  • Nicole
    Nicole 17 days ago

    I have been begging my husband for a kitchen aid mixer 😂😂 one of these days..he better get me one😂
    I dislike buttercream too. It really is just butter and sugar.
    It's why I make cream cheese frosting too lol.
    One thing I do is mix the cream cheese first to make sure its actually room tempt. I feel like it remains cold in the center lol....and I use to mess up by mixing the cream cheese and butter together..and discover the cream cheese was still cold.
    And oil does help cakes. One thing I learned is oil based cakes turn out better. Most white/yellow cakes tend to call for butter tho and are thick tho.
    I made a chocolate cake once. The recipe was a dud...what saved it was me adding oil. It was just too thick of batter and I knew it.

  • Colin Few
    Colin Few 19 days ago

    Or just cause you hate your self and wanna eat cake annd eat the entire thing ..............

  • Chef Love
    Chef Love 20 days ago +2

    The grey streaks in Claire's hair is gorgeous. Just saying

  • C.T. Oliver
    C.T. Oliver 21 day ago

    Did it seem like she was holding it together, that she just wanted to get the episode over and just go somewhere and cry?

  • EnteHS dUb
    EnteHS dUb 22 days ago

    She wasn’t wearing Gloves but at least I know she washes them first 😂

  • Samuel Janzen
    Samuel Janzen 26 days ago

    I'm mennonite and 'sheet' sounds the same as the German word for sh*t, at least in our specific type of low German, which is a family joke i started when my aunt makes sheet cake, my family never spoke English casually, so never made the connection, as well she makes a chocolate sheet cake, making it funnier

  • kim k
    kim k 27 days ago +1

    “He hated it but I was like more for me”, and that’s why I relate to pastry chefs

  • Alyson Shorthouse
    Alyson Shorthouse 27 days ago

    Whenever I've used a sheet pan like this - for cake or brownies, its always burned at the edges but still been raw in the middle. I'll have to give this a try.

  • Jimmy29li
    Jimmy29li 28 days ago

    Made for my wife tonight. The actual cake is amazing, but the frosting is too tangy (cream cheesy). Go with buttercream.

  • Katelynn Paulen
    Katelynn Paulen 29 days ago

    When you're making like cake or brownies and the edges are baked through and starting to brown faster than the center what can you do to remedy it?? Why does it happen?

  • Aaron Norris
    Aaron Norris Month ago

    I would die for Claire

  • Brenda Vo
    Brenda Vo Month ago

    Does this recipe have the same end result as the layered birthday cake in your cake series?

  • Sophia Gabrielle
    Sophia Gabrielle Month ago

    I love cake too

  • If We Won
    If We Won Month ago

    Should have tempered the chocolate

  • Rich Roberts
    Rich Roberts Month ago

    claire please bake me a birthday cake

  • Jamine Regnier
    Jamine Regnier Month ago

    Where are the amounts??!

  • Lee Jay
    Lee Jay Month ago

    Something about Claire is just so damn sexy.

  • JoyfulMD
    JoyfulMD Month ago

    I made two Claire recipes this week, this sheet cake and buttermilk buiscuits. Both amazing. This frosting is the only one I will ever make from now on

  • FuckingPurple
    FuckingPurple Month ago

    *okay gluten now let's get in formation*

  • Katie Grooms
    Katie Grooms Month ago

    I want Claire to be my best friend.

  • D E D N E P H
    D E D N E P H Month ago

    4:25 wtf is Chris doing?

  • Jony Lopez
    Jony Lopez 2 months ago

    How can someone hate Claire's cakes?

  • Ruby Throwaway Account
    Ruby Throwaway Account 2 months ago

    I can't bake without pulling my hair back. So paranoid that hair is going to end up in my food lol

  • Jacob Chavez
    Jacob Chavez 2 months ago

    is this doable in cupcake form

  • Toby Curtis
    Toby Curtis 2 months ago +2

    I'm not a baker, in fact I don't even cook (at all), and I normally just watch these BA videos and think "Yum, that looks so good but I'll never make it". BUT this time I said "No!! I'm making this." And I did!! And it came out like pretty good! Thank you Claire.

  • justforkciksful
    justforkciksful 2 months ago

    is it possible to get measurements for this

  • adinda octavia
    adinda octavia 2 months ago

    omg claire thanks for scraping all the dough out im satisfied

  • Kylie Hudson
    Kylie Hudson 2 months ago

    She was prob v awkward as a kid

  • Sis Jasmine
    Sis Jasmine 2 months ago

    This method also called rubbing in method where you rub the butter and the flour together and add other wet ingredients later on.

  • Stephen Anthony
    Stephen Anthony 2 months ago

    I swear to baby Jesus, whenever I think something in my head in regards to something she's talking about, she then starts talking about It! It's so weird!

  • 999Phineas
    999Phineas 3 months ago

    I never knew Kitchenaid had black paddles

  • pretendingToBe
    pretendingToBe 3 months ago +12

    I'm from Europe and every time i try one of your recipes it takes me forever to decipher cups to a metric eqivalent of each ingredient.
    Would it be possibe to add a metric equivalent to your website recipes? I'm sure i'm not the only one...

    • Wishy
      Wishy 16 days ago

      V42 it’s too late to get with it. I think the only way is getting measuring cups online or a scale

    • V42
      V42 23 days ago

      Don’t be afraid of math. But yeah, we need to get with the metric system here in america

  • Bi
    Bi 3 months ago

    Please do an episode where you make Moche!

  • Elissa Weizman
    Elissa Weizman 3 months ago

    Claire is the best demonstrator. Not silly and very clear. She also has a nice vocal timbre.

  • SimpleRick ‘s
    SimpleRick ‘s 3 months ago

    Can you please show the temperatures in Celsius and the amount in kilos?

  • mexicangrl2004
    mexicangrl2004 3 months ago

    I hope Claire is getting paid well.... lol

  • Saydee
    Saydee 3 months ago

    I’m watching this cause I ran out of the gourmet attempt videos

  • Mark Barrett
    Mark Barrett 3 months ago

    Really nice birthday cake recipe. The frosting is a keeper for sure, & the cake isn't so bad either.

  • luizmakesvideos
    luizmakesvideos 3 months ago

    Every step is followed by an explanation- love it.

  • Jenna
    Jenna 3 months ago

    We need a Claire makes gourmet Bueno!!

  • Danny Bowden
    Danny Bowden 3 months ago

    That made my mouth water. I love cake.

  • Adriana Aguilar
    Adriana Aguilar 3 months ago

    does anybody know why they drink water or whatever from big chunky plastic thingies? Like Chris at 4:24 ?

  • Magnus Lorenzen
    Magnus Lorenzen 3 months ago

    Pretty sure "meal" in the coarse meal-context is derived from old english "mǣl", being a germanic word meaning "measure". A bunch of different languages like Swedish, Danish and Norwegian use "mål" today. :-)

  • HardRockMiner
    HardRockMiner 3 months ago

    If you change the oil to butter and double it, and use 1 box of Jell-O pudding mix it will make the best most moist cake you've ever had. TRUST ME.!!

  • GoldenAge
    GoldenAge 3 months ago

    Now I want to go bake a cake of some kind, but I have math homework. Urgh....

  • sandbox242
    sandbox242 3 months ago

    I always take the cake out of the pan and ice the sides.

  • IzzyKawaiichi
    IzzyKawaiichi 3 months ago

    “You want to wait until the cake is completely cool before you put on the frosting.”
    Texas: Nah.

  • Lachlan Travers
    Lachlan Travers 3 months ago

    could so with some coffee table jazz or some smooth music in the background, just a suggestion

  • Gabriel Light
    Gabriel Light 3 months ago

    18:1 الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ عَلَىٰ عَبْدِهِ الْكِتَابَ وَلَمْ يَجْعَل لَّهُ عِوَجًا
    18:2 قَيِّمًا لِّيُنذِرَ بَأْسًا شَدِيدًا مِّن لَّدُنْهُ وَيُبَشِّرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ الَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا حَسَنًا
    18:3 مَّاكِثِينَ فِيهِ أَبَدًا
    18:4 وَيُنذِرَ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا اتَّخَذَ اللَّهُ وَلَدًا
    18:5 مَّا لَهُم بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ وَلَا لِآبَائِهِمْ كَبُرَتْ كَلِمَةً تَخْرُجُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ إِن يَقُولُونَ إِلَّا كَذِبًا
    18:6 فَلَعَلَّكَ بَاخِعٌ نَّفْسَكَ عَلَىٰ آثَارِهِمْ إِن لَّمْ يُؤْمِنُوا بِهَٰذَا الْحَدِيثِ أَسَفًا
    18:7 إِنَّا جَعَلْنَا مَا عَلَى الْأَرْضِ زِينَةً لَّهَا لِنَبْلُوَهُمْ أَيُّهُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا
    18:8 وَإِنَّا لَجَاعِلُونَ مَا عَلَيْهَا صَعِيدًا جُرُزًا
    18:9 أَمْ حَسِبْتَ أَنَّ أَصْحَابَ الْكَهْفِ وَالرَّقِيمِ كَانُوا مِنْ آيَاتِنَا عَجَبًا
    18:10 إِذْ أَوَى الْفِتْيَةُ إِلَى الْكَهْفِ فَقَالُوا رَبَّنَا آتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً وَهَيِّئْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا رَشَدًا
    18:11 فَضَرَبْنَا عَلَىٰ آذَانِهِمْ فِي الْكَهْفِ سِنِينَ عَدَدًا
    18:12 ثُمَّ بَعَثْنَاهُمْ لِنَعْلَمَ أَيُّ الْحِزْبَيْنِ أَحْصَىٰ لِمَا لَبِثُوا أَمَدًا
    18:13 نَّحْنُ نَقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ نَبَأَهُم بِالْحَقِّ إِنَّهُمْ فِتْيَةٌ آمَنُوا بِرَبِّهِمْ وَزِدْنَاهُمْ هُدًى
    18:14 وَرَبَطْنَا عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِمْ إِذْ قَامُوا فَقَالُوا رَبُّنَا رَبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَن نَّدْعُوَ مِن دُونِهِ إِلَٰهًا لَّقَدْ قُلْنَا إِذًا شَطَطًا
    18:15 هَٰؤُلَاءِ قَوْمُنَا اتَّخَذُوا مِن دُونِهِ آلِهَةً لَّوْلَا يَأْتُونَ عَلَيْهِم بِسُلْطَانٍ بَيِّنٍ فَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنِ افْتَرَىٰ عَلَى اللَّهِ كَذِبًا

  • Worthless Piehole
    Worthless Piehole 3 months ago +2

    You'll notice Chris realising positive tempered energy for Claire in the beginning of the video.
    🌬️🍫 Good vibes♒️ Blessings upon your mixing bowl!!!

  • superbakes
    superbakes 3 months ago

    Great tips. I said tips! No really. The hints and tips can be transferred to other bakes. Great job!

  • The Crash
    The Crash 3 months ago

    Editor Note: "Non-stick spray can work as well, but Claire says butter will give you a better coating!"
    Translation: "Claire says butter will give you a better coating, but it's me who takes the blame if this note turns out not to be factual, so I'm not going to state that it does definitively"

  • Frida
    Frida 3 months ago +11

    Claire + Brad need a show together

  • Benedict Rondario
    Benedict Rondario 3 months ago +2

    I’d love to see her try making gourmet butterfingers! And boil water too. LOL

  • Vice Vlex
    Vice Vlex 3 months ago

    Damn I hope they show us how to open a bag of chips nexts!

  • unlocked
    unlocked 4 months ago +1

    um this video was released on my birthday...

  • H Al
    H Al 4 months ago

    The editor is a noooob

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  • troubletroublesme
    troubletroublesme 4 months ago +2

    I made this cake! It was pretty good overall but I made a few mistakes I think 🤔
    1. Left it too long in the oven which dried it out a bit
    2. Used plain yogurt bc no buttermilk :( and I think it made the batter too thick?
    3. Eggs were medium instead of large so the cake wasn’t very yellow as some of the yolks were pretty small
    4. Was a bit dense which might’ve been from under mixing at the last step
    5. Didn’t have kosher salt so I used sea salt but I think the crystals were too big and left distinctly salty areas in the cake
    Other things:
    - cake had very distinct buttery flavor in some parts

  • Mattie Stinson
    Mattie Stinson 4 months ago

    Can you make tic Tacs

  • Milexis Santos
    Milexis Santos 4 months ago

    Made it for a birthday it was amazing ♡♡ Everyone LOVED IT

  • Brooks Gillespie
    Brooks Gillespie 4 months ago +1

    Me: is gluten free

  • smellyownage
    smellyownage 4 months ago

    Hi Claire, I love your videos! I'd love to see you make gourmet combos!!

  • Aisha Upmanyu
    Aisha Upmanyu 4 months ago

    Make gourmet choco pies😍😍

  • Aisha Upmanyu
    Aisha Upmanyu 4 months ago

    CAKE is LIFE

  • tom
    tom 4 months ago

    I love claire so much she has inspired me to bake, today i made brownies and they are so good :)

  • Herc O
    Herc O 4 months ago

    This cake will kill you. Sugar and butter content is through the roof.

  • phospholipid Bi layer
    phospholipid Bi layer 4 months ago +4

    it would be so cool if Claire made a Lunchable! 🙌🏽🙌🏽

  • Meme Queen
    Meme Queen 4 months ago

    I think you should try making peanut m&me

  • David Eduardo G. Cetina

    ... mmm yep official I´m in love. ...I had to say it.

  • Danielle Hall
    Danielle Hall 4 months ago

    two seconds in I already know I'm making this someday

  • Ashley Wind
    Ashley Wind 4 months ago

    What a pure soul

  • Joe Cross
    Joe Cross 4 months ago

    Wow so much information, I gotta try this! Thks!

  • Yeliab
    Yeliab 4 months ago

    Claire is so hot😭😭

  • Laura Proshek
    Laura Proshek 4 months ago +1

    "Cake is my favorite food" Me too, Claire. Me too.

  • Elizabeth Cullen
    Elizabeth Cullen 4 months ago

    I don’t understand the Claire hype. Her videos just fall flat for me. I’m a Carla/Molly fangirl

  • yasmine Lrc
    yasmine Lrc 4 months ago +2

    the cake seems kinda dry tho

  • Abraxis Halliwell
    Abraxis Halliwell 4 months ago

    Why is sugar a wet ingredient?

  • grimspectre
    grimspectre 4 months ago

    your nephew's a monster, Claire!

  • Fotomom 2
    Fotomom 2 4 months ago

    Does using convection setting bake more even cakes?

  • killa100
    killa100 4 months ago

    She's cool and I find her attractive. Lol

  • Anna Galindo-Kent
    Anna Galindo-Kent 4 months ago

    Thank you for the fantastic recipe. I just made this cake and it’s amazing. I only had a glass pan in the 9x13 size and it took an hour to cook, I have a gas oven. Just FYI for anyone else that’s planning to make this.

  • chunky dunker
    chunky dunker 4 months ago

    Claire's hair is down??

  • Ryan Garbett
    Ryan Garbett 4 months ago

    Chris is the best chef

  • Ben Jerry
    Ben Jerry 4 months ago

    Extract your tongue from Claire's butt. She would not like you if you met her in person. She is doing a job here, nothing more.

  • Owen Kidd
    Owen Kidd 4 months ago


  • Lily Johnson
    Lily Johnson 4 months ago

    Pringle’s and skittles, no big deal, but a cake , nearly impossible, so impressed

  • Mikaela D
    Mikaela D 4 months ago

    4:24 anyone else notice this

  • Zoe Haber
    Zoe Haber 4 months ago +2

    Thanks for explaining how sprinkles work lmao ¿

  • Nard Dog
    Nard Dog 4 months ago

    I would eat Claire's "cake" if you know what I mean 😎🤤

  • Amber Rock
    Amber Rock 4 months ago +20

    4:23 chris morocco drinkin straight from the TUB

  • Sarah Laven
    Sarah Laven 4 months ago

    Can you make one of those cakes with about two cups of melted chocolate just in the middle of the cake and when you cut it, it all falls out!!! I’ve only seen them on instgram