For all of my talk about healthy eating, I must let you in on something. I love junk too :-) Now, it isn't something that I have all that often, well at least I try not to. Last week I was browsing pinterest for birthday party ideas for my soon to be 4 year old *tear*. As I was looking at all the beautiful cakes I started to think about making a cake for her birthday. I continued to think about the cakes I have made (from scratch) in the past, and the fact that I have never actually been all that pleased with them. And then I started to get hungry...so what is one to do? Well of course, try out another cake recipe.
I got the cake recipe from smitten kitchen. It was the "best birthday cake" recipe, and man did it live up to its name! Typically, when I make a cake from scratch, it comes out too dry, not moist, and very dense. This cake was none of those things. I don't know what it is about this recipe, but it really worked for me! I did divide this recipe in half and baked it in 2 8" round (obviously) cake pans.
I did not use the chocolate frosting that is with the cake. I am not a huge chocolate fan, and was slightly concerned that I wouldn't want to eat it if I used such a chocolaty frosting, and what is the point in making something if you can't actually enjoy it?! However, my Emma is a huge chocolate lover, as is my husband, so I wanted to at least cater to them a bit. Here is my fly by the cuff frosting recipe, that actually turned out delicious!
1 stick of butter
8 oz marshmallow fluff
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3-1/2 cup of Ghirardelli chocolate cocoa powder
3/4 cup + 1/4 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
Cream butter and marshmallow together, scraping sides.
Add cocoa powder and powdered sugar and mix on low so you don't get a puff of chocolate and sugar dust all over everything :-)
Add 3/4 cup heavy cream slowly and whip until it gets really thick.
Mix 1/4 cup heavy cream, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips and put in microwave for 30 seconds to melt them.
Mix it up, and then pour melted chocolate into bowl, whip some more.
Taste it frequently to see if you need to add anymore sugar/chocolate/cocoa powder :-)
Definitely will be making this again...although maybe not until actual birthdays...it only lasted us a couple of days :-) Do you have a favorite cake recipe?
Today I am linking up to Food on Fridays at Ann Kroeker. Writer.