It all started with a cake I saw on Pinterest. Total food porn. I got all the ingredients and then I baked the yellow cake. Except that it didn’t turn out. At all. It looked like a limp Dutch pancake.At the cake didn’t taste amazing either. Since I am a firm believer in not wasting my calorie allowance on things that are not fabulous, the cake went in the trash. I probably did something wrong, like not whipping the eggs enough or perhaps having the oven too high, but I didn’t really have time to troubleshoot. So I went on Smitten Kitchen blog in search of another cake recipe.
“Best Birthday Cake” sounded promising. And it was. Nice lightly and fluffy yellow cakes.
Since I already had all the ingredients for the chocolate buttercream and glaze, I whipped up a batch of frosting, sans the eggs. It was very tasty.
And then I coated the whole thing in delicious chocolate glaze and raspberries.
Besides the fabulous chocolate flavor, I think the most fun aspect of this cake is surprise when you cut into it. The dark chocolate glaze suggests a rich chocolate center, but you are left with this.
It pairs well with a pinot and is best served to lots of friends (so you don’t eat it all).
The yellow cake recipe can be found here (no substitutions).
Buttercream and glaze was adapted from the Baking Bird.
BUTTERCREAM (I don’t do raw eggs…I am sure it would have been extra tasty with them, but I left them out and no seemed to notice.)
- 2oz milk chocolate (melted)
- 2oz 70% dark chocolate (melted)
- 7 tbsp butter (softened)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
IIn a small sauce pan melt chocolate. Set aside to cool.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and powdered sugar. Stir in room temperature chocolate.
GLAZE (the original recipe called for equal parts milk and dark chocolate, but I like my chocolate dark…)
- 4oz dark chocolate
- 2oz milk chocolate
- 3 1/2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp dark coffee (I brewed mine fresh for cake)
Melt chocolate and stir in butter and dark coffee. I found the glaze is easest to apply when slightly cooled.