Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chocolate Cake

Last weekend my six year old had a Superhero birthday party. He invited 15 friends (I know, that's a lot of kids, but I don't like to leave anyone out.) Surprisingly, every single one of them came. It was a little crazy but it was so much fun. He wanted a chocolate cake with superhero guys on it. So I made this chocolate cake and used crushed oreos for rocks and placed his superhero guys on top. It was a huge hit! I couldn't believe the reaction I got from all of his little friends. They loved it!

I've never claimed to be a great baker or cake decorator but I love making fun cakes for my kids. After this cake had cooled,  it was a little difficult to get out of the pans. It was so moist that it was a little crumbly coming out of the pans. But it came out in one piece and after freezing overnight, it wasn't too difficult to frost it. I wasn't sure if I was going to post this recipe after the difficulty I had but then I tasted the cake. Oh my goodness! This was the best chocolate cake I've ever had in my life! I'm sold on this recipe and I'm sure I'll be making this cake over and over.

Classic Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup melted butter or canola oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour cake pans and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center and add eggs, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water. Batter will be smooth and very runny. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting. 

Recipe from The Sisters' Cafe

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 lbs powdered sugar (about 8 cups)
2/3 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla

Place butter in the bowl of a mixer. Beat on medium speed until butter is smooth. Beat in cocoa powder. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in 1/3 cup milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in remaining sugar. Beat in remaining 1/3 cup milk until frosting is smooth. This frosts top and sides of two 8 or 9 inch layers. (Halve recipe to frost 9x13 cake.)

Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens

Past recipes:
One year ago: Oreo Cupcakes

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