Wednesday, April 20, 2011

With Whip by Lady of the House

We celebrated our daughter's first birthday on Tuesday, and in what might seem an uncharacteristic post for me, I've decided to share the simple recipe we used for her chocolate birthday cake. It's light as air, fluffy goodness that if I can make, you absolutely can!

Here's what you'll need...

1 3/4 cup unsifted flour
1 3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup cocoa (unsweetened)
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 l/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water

For the frosting...
1 pint heavy whipping cream
a splash of vanilla extract
a level tablespoon of confectioners sugar

And here's what you'll do...

Combine dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients except boiling water. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Remove from mixer. Stir in boiling water. (Batter will be very thin.) Pour into 2 greased and
floured 9-inch or 3-8 inch layer pans or l (13 x 9-inch). A layer of parchment paper is also helpful if you have some. And I used three varying sizes of layer pans, and pulled the little guy out at about 25 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes for layers, 35-40 minutes for 13 x 9
minutes or until tester comes out clean. cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan.
top with fresh whipped cream.

{ Lady of the House }

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