My mom's birthday was Easter weekend this year. I offered to make her cake and bring it with us when we went to visit for the holiday. She told me I could make whatever cake I wanted. Well, that was a challenge! Knowing that I had a bunch of things pinned (and striking out with something that took my fancy in my TOH cakes magazine), I started looking for something to make. I eventually chose these 2 pins:
For the Cake:
Ingredients:From Better Homes and Garden
1-1/2 c flour
1/3 c cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c butter
1-1/4 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate
8 oz sour cream
1 c milk
1. Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 2-9" pans. Set aside. Melt chocolate and set aside to cool.
2. In a bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda, and salt. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in sour cream and chocolate. Alternatively add flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture (3 parts).
3. Bake 25 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool 10 minutes in the pans, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack.
For the Icing:
Ingredients:From Comfortably Domestic
1 c butter, softened
2-1/2 c icing sugar
4- 45g milk chocolate bars (such as Jersey Milk)
1/4 c heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1. Chop the chocolate bars and melt, setting aside to cool completely. Stir vanilla into the cream.
2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add cream and vanilla to into the butter, and when incorporated, fold in the melted chocolate. Increase the mixer's speed to medium high, and beat for 3-5 minutes until light and increased in volume.
Today, I'm keeping up with the Johnsons in the Pintertest kitchen! You should too!