Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Anniversary Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting

I've been married to my love for 6 years! So I made a homemade chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and it was oh so good... I have been seeing a lot of 'deconstructed' cakes on my Pinterest feed so I thought I'd try my hand at making one. It was very easy, and I think it helped that the frosting was pretty thick. I used an icing spatula, which allowed me to get the frosting smooth (like at a bakery) then once the spaces between the cake layers were filled, I just scraped some of the frosting away to expose the cake underneath - alas, you have a deconstructed cake! I melted some chocolate chips and dipped some strawberries for the top of the cake and ordered a gold glitter "Love" cake topper off Etsy to complete my Anniversary cake. And let me tell you... the leftovers are still just as good to eat the next day!

Chocolate Cake

- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. espresso powder, I used finely ground coffee
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup boiling water

1. Mix your dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, espresso powder, together in your Kitchenaid Mixer.
2. Slowly add your milk, vegetable oil, 2 eggs (one at a time) and vanilla to your dry ingredients. 
3. Slowly add your boiling water and beat batter on medium for 1 minute. This will thin your batter.
4. Line the bottom of your cake pans with parchment paper and grease them. Divide your cake into thirds or halves in your cake pans, I made 3 layers. 
5. Bake cake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
6. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Buttercream Frosting

- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 cup milk

1. Beat your butter with whisk attachment in Kitchenaid Mixer until fluffy.
2. Slowly add your powdered sugar. The mixture will get very crumbly.
3. Add your vanilla and milk and mix until desired consistency. 

 Deconstructed Cake

I love you as much as chocolate cake... <3


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