My niece and nephews turned 13 last Friday. Being the número uno aunt that I am, I asked them what kind of cake they would like. After going through all these birthdays with them you would think I would have learned my lesson – these kids are all individuals and, of course, picked different kinds of cakes for their birthday. That means I made four cakes on Thursday.
My nephew Caleb was the easiest. He asked for plain white cake with white icing. Well, I went for cream cheese frosting and prettied it up with some almonds on top. Yum.
My niece Sydni wanted a piña colada cake minus the piña colada. We ended up with a yellow cake with a strawberry and Cool Whip filling layered with a strawberry cake – covered with Cool Whip and strawberries. Delicious.
But the winner for me was my nephew Jacob’s Chocolate Cake. This cake was so moist and the frosting was just sweet enough to make you smack your mouth with each bite. Definitely worth making. Scrumptious.
Chocolate Cake with Easy Chocolate Frosting (Icing recipe slightly adapted from Lauren’s Latest)
Favorite Chocolate box cake mix
(Ingredients according to package instructions – usually 3 eggs, water, and oil)
1/4 low fat sour cream
1 package chocolate instant pudding mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two nine-inch round pans with Pam cooking spray.
Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Divide batter between the two pans and bake according to package instructions.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp milk
Using a medium mixing bowl and an electric mixer, beat together the butter and cocoa until smooth. Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar and keep mixing. Mix in the milk one tablespoon at a time until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. Continue beating until light and fluffy.
Smooth frosting on cakes and top with regular or mini chocolate chips. Ooh, or some peanut butter chips.
This frosted a 9-inch layer cake.