Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Perfectly Smashable Cake

Remember the other day when I posted the red velvet cake and said it was for the first birthday of a little cutie pie? Well this cake accompanied the red velvet cake to the party. This is the chocolate cake that I made for the birthday boy's smash cake but also made 18 cupcakes out of. I think he enjoyed it, what do you think? See the green sugar dot earring, hilarious!

Anyway, this cake was a hit with the one year old and also with those that had the cupcakes. I won't lie, my cupcakes came out flat and the cake was a pain in the butt to frost but I think that's because I over mixed the batter because I was doing 1802198 things at once. Oopsie. Great basic chocolate cake recipe that I hope to try again soon.

Hersheys "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake

-Serves 10 to 12-

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
"Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting (recipe follows)

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. Cool completely. Frost with "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting.

ONE PAN CAKE: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.
THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.
BUNDT CAKE: Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.
CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.

"Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting. (I like to whip the frosting in the mixer to give it a more fluffy look and taste.)


Spryte said...

Perfect timing! My stepdaughter's birthday party is Saturday and asked for chocolate/chocolate cake!

#1SAHM said...

too funny! the cake looks and sounds delicious!

Carrie said...

Yea... I would say maybe he enjoyed it a bit! hehehe

What's Cookin Chicago said...

This is such a great chocolate cake recipe...and is one of my 'go tos' for chocolate! Looks like he loved every bit of the cake, down to the very last crumb! :)

Jessica said...

How cute!

gaga said...

Haha, that's adorable. I love the earring and the "face paint".

SugarEd Productions said...

THAT is the cutest thing I have ever seen! Cake looks yummy too!