So last week was a friend of mine's birthday, and I made her this cake to celebrate- a classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting and plenty of sprinkles! This cake was easy to whip up, had a tender crumb, and was absolutely delicious. This was my first time trying this recipe (the cake anyway, I've made the frosting before) and the only mistake I made was putting too much batter in one pan- don't fill a pan over halfway with this cake- split it into two pans if you have any doubts!
Here's my (slightly overfilled) pan with the cake batter- don't fill this full or it will overflow!
And here's the baked cake- mine looks a little funky because of the overflow problem, but it tasted amazing!
And here's the easy chocolate frosting I whipped up (and destroyed my hand-held mixer on! It started smoking and I decided that probably wasn't safe!)
And here's the finished cake, ready for a birthday and my friend! She's a wonderful and very colorful person, so the sprinkles were a natural choice- feel free to decorate however you like!
-1 cup butter (2 sticks)
-2 cups white sugar
-2 teaspoons vanilla
-2 cups buttermilk (or use regular and add a bit of vinegar)
-3 1/2 cups flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
Beat together the wet ingredients, then add the dry.
Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes or so in a greased pan. Feel free to make cupcakes or make this in any pan you choose.
-3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
-3 tablespoons butter
-1/4 cup milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-about 2 cups confectioner's sugar
Melt the butter and chocolate together, let cool a little. Add milk and vanilla, and beat in the confectioner's sugar. Adjust the texture with milk or sugar until spreadable.