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Friday, February 27, 2015

Chocolate Cake

Spring is almost here!  Right!  But we are practicing spring anyway.  The good way to start practicing is by making lots of cakes decorated with flowers and bunnies.  This is a chocolate cake recipe that my six year old picked from the DK Children's Baking Book.  I like that each step has a picture to go with it, so for children following instructions gets a whole lot easier.

Toddler is the first tester
Double Chocolate Fudge Cake (DK The Children's Baking Book)
We skipped the icing and the chocolate that it calls for, so our cake is not double chocolate, but it was delicious anyway.

For the cake
6 oz butter (softened)
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup self-rising flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 eggs (beaten)
1/2 cup sour cream

The recipe calls for icing, but my kids wanted Cream Cheese Frosting instead.
I don't know where this recipe comes from but we have been using it for years.
For the frosting
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
powdered sugar about 3 cups (sometimes I add a bit of butter, maybe 1-2 Tbsp and then add an additional cup of sugar)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325F.  Grease and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper.
(I was sceptical about doing this extra step.  I always skipped it in the past and my cakes turned out just fine.  But my son asked what it meant and I explained how he can put a pan on top of parchment paper and use a pencil to mark the outline, then he can cut it out and have a perfectly sized circle to line the pan.  He actually got very interested in this step and decided to do it).
2. Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix together until combined.
3. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.  Add the eggs and the sour cream and beat with an electrical mixer or whisk until combined.
4. Divide the mixture between the two pans and level the tops.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Leave to cool slightly then turn out onto a cooling rack.  Remove the parchment paper.
4. To make the frosting, place cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a mixer and beat until smooth.  Use a little of the frosting to sandwich the two cakes together.  Spread the remaining frosting over the top, Decorate as desired.

Bon Appetite!