Wow. It has been a whirlwind of a week! We celebrated Thanksgiving early last weekend with Brian’s family and had such a great time. It was one of those vacations that you just don’t want to end. (Then again, what vacation do you want to end?) It was wonderful to see everyone and take some time to relax. We also got to eat lots of delicious food. I’m already looking forward to doing Thanksgiving all over again next week. 😀
While everyone was home, we decided it would be a great time to celebrate my nephew’s first birthday. He is just the cutest little kid you have ever met. And what could any one year old want more than chocolate cake? Well, to be honest, I think he was a little more interested in things besides cake, but that’s ok. He was super cute and all of the grownups loved it. 🙂 This was such a tasty cake.
I could really go for another slice right now if we hadn’t devoured it so fast! Since I wasn’t at home while making this cake, I raided my sweet mother-in-law’s pantry to find most of the ingredients. That’s what I love about a good but simple recipe – you can find almost everything you need if you have some basic baking items around. To get started, I combined flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
Next I beat the butter until it was creamed. The thing about baking in the winter.. your butter has to sit out about twice as long as normal to soften. Woohoo for cold weather! I slowly beat the sugar into the butter and then mixed in the eggs one at a time. To finish up this step of the batter, I poured in a little vanilla. Now it’s time to make this cake chocolate! I alternatively stirred in the cocoa/flour mixture and milk until everything was combined. Now we can pour the batter in the pans and bake! Since I know you are wondering, I’ll go ahead and let you know that batter was very tasty. 🙂 I toyed with the idea of torting the layers, but I ended up deciding to keep them as they were. I think it was a good call and there ended up being a nice ratio of cake to icing.
Speaking of icing, I used a chocolate cream cheese icing on this cake. It was delicious, but I did run into a few little issues with the amount that I made… I decided that since my nephew probably wouldn’t care, I would decorate the cake a way I would like. That meant rosettes! I have decorated cupcakes with rosettes before, but I had never done a whole cake with them. I’m not sure if the icing recipe I made was a little smaller than normal or if I was just using a lot more on the rosettes. Probably option number 2. 🙂 I ended up making a second batch of icing to finish the cake, but it was totally worth it. I think I will start decorating all of my cakes like this! Ok, maybe not.. but I do really like it! Since we were celebrating Sanford’s birthday, I made him a cupcake to have all to himself! I think he enjoyed it. 🙂 I will definitely be bringing this chocolate cake back. It was just too good! This was such a great weekend! Thanksgiving, delicious food, chocolate cake, birthdays, and most importantly – family.
Thank you all for coming by today! Hope you all have a great day and a fantastic weekend. Happy Fiesta Friday!