Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Cake

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! I was going to make Irish soda bread today, but I really wanted to make something challenging so I decided on cake.  It doesn't have any Bailey's or Guinness in it, but OH MY GOODNESS is it tasty!!! I do have a recipe for Irish car bomb cupcakes...maybe I'll make those next week.

This chocolate cake with vanilla frosting was really easy and had super simple ingredients.  I didn't even use my stand mixer for the cake part! I used it for the frosting though, because that makes life soooo much easier.  The only "odd" ingredient is buttermilk, but I think I've mentioned before that they sell powdered buttermilk that works just as well and lasts so much longer.  I had some green sprinkles left over from Christmas sugar cookies, so, ta-da!, the cake is now St. Patty's Day themed!

Awesome Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • ½ cups Buttermilk
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together.
  3. Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.
  4. In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.
 Wicked Awesome Vanilla Frosting
from: Tasty Kitchen
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 5 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar (not Powdered Sugar!)
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. 
  2. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. (Make sure you let it cool all the way, you don't want to melt the butter, if you are in a rush put the pot in a pool of ice water to cool faster but make sure no water gets in the mix!) 
  3. Stir in vanilla.
  4. While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 
  5. Then add the cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat until it all combines and resembles whipped cream.

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