My neighbor has a little girl whose birthday was today... and being the sweet neighbor that she is she asked if I would make the cake. I love when people ask me things like that! Baking for friends and family is one of my greatest joys.
Anyway, she just said, "Its Nevaeh's (Heaven backwards) birthday, she likes butterfly's and chocolate and girly stuff. Go to it!"
So being the daring baker I am I made a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. (has anyone invented a sarcasm font yet?)
And used the colors of the rainbow. Except indigo. Does anyone use indigo anymore?
I just made some of my royal icing and piped on butterfly's.
Not including baking, it took about an hour.
Here is the recipe I used.. for half of the cake. The other half was from a box. Its a LONG story why I made a three level cake with only one level from scratch. But it is a boring long story so I will spare you the details.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup boiling water
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
This is one of those cakes that anyone can do... so I hope you try it! Be sure to take lots of pictures...and make it yours!
On a totally unrelated topic, would you like to see my kitchen? I just posted some pictures that should have NEVER been made public. Yes, they are that bad!