Graham Slam Cake – graham cracker cake layers baked on a graham cracker crust with graham cracker butter swirled in vanilla buttercream, covered in graham cracker buttercream.
Graham Slam Cake Inspiration
After celebrating Avery’s 8th birthday, it was time to celebrate her baptism. This is a very special occasion in our church (you can learn more about it HERE), so you know – there had to be cake! As I was deciding what to whip up for the celebration, I thought about a couple ice cream flavors we love up here in Utah. One is Graham Canyon from the BYU Creamery and the other is Graham Central Station from Handles. I also remembered a couple requests from followers on Instagram for a graham cracker cake. I am a huge graham cracker lover (I think it stems from late nights dipping graham crackers in milk with my dad when I was a kid), so these two flavors are two of my favorites!
As I thought about them, of course I wondered how I could use them as inspiration for a new cake. The one element that really stood out to me was the graham cracker swirl in the Graham Central Station ice cream. It’s dreamy! Swirls of buttery graham cracker throughout the ice cream is a treat for the taste buds!
Could I make a graham cracker swirl and use it in a cake?
You know I wasn’t going to not try!
Rich and Creamy Graham Cracker Butter
Once I had my game plan, I immediately got to work on the Graham Cracker Butter. For this cookie butter, you’ll just need graham crackers, cinnamon, butter, water and honey. Then, you’re basically blending all of the ingredients together in a food processor to make a paste.
It’s super simple to make and it turns out, this Graham Cracker Butter is truly the star of the show! You’ll later swirl this spread in some vanilla buttercream (kind of like the ice cream) to use between the cake layers.
Other Cake Elements
In addition to the graham cracker spread swirled in vanilla buttercream, you’ll also be making a graham cracker crust, graham cracker cake layers and a graham cracker buttercream. The graham cracker flavor and texture in this cake is truly a grand slam – hence the name, Graham Slam Cake!
Check out those layers! Are you kidding me? It’s unreal!
How to Make the Best Tasting Cake
When making the cake layers, don’t forget to follow my go-to tips for getting your cakes to rise and bake well:
- Preheat your oven for 30 minutes prior to baking.
- Use good quality pans like Fat Daddio.
- Spray your pans with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.
- Make sure you beat the butter, sugar and eggs well – for about 3 to 5 minutes. The texture should be light and fluffy and the volume should increase.
- Don’t overmix your cake batter once you add the dry ingredients.
- Use room temperature wet ingredients.
- Use fresh baking powder.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
To get a light and fluffy, silky smooth buttercream, make sure you follow my tips: HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BUTTERCREAM
- Sift your powdered sugar
- Use slightly cold butter
- Use heavy whipping cream
- Beat for 5 minutes
- Stir by hand
You’ll want to check out the post linked above for more details on each step to make sure you get the best buttercream frosting. And remember, these steps can be used for any buttercream recipe on my blog.
It’s important to note, the graham cracker buttercream will not be quite as smooth as my other buttercream recipes because we’re adding the graham cracker crumbs. It’s incredibly delicious, but you may want to go with a “rustic” design when you decorate to accommodate the crumbs.