Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Birthday to ME with a 6 Layer Chocolate Cake Recipe!

In honor of today being my birthday I decide to make myself a cake. I usually never make a cake for myself or have a birthday cake. Now, that my kids are older they could make me a cake but I have never pushed the issue.

My grandma use to make this awesome 7 layer chocolate cake when I was little. It was my favorite! So, instead of calling her up and bothering her since she fell and broke her left hip the day we got back I did some digging. I do plan on getting her recipe I just know how much she needs her rest.

This recipe only got me 6 thin layers I image if I doubled it I could have 12 thin layers or 7 moderate layers. 

Basic Yellow Cake

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
3 cups of flour sifted
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

If you use self rising flour omit the baking powder and salt. 

Beat butter at medium speed with and electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix at low speed after each addition until blended; Stir in vanilla.

Pour batter into 6 greased 9 inch round cakepans. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 

Fudgy Icing

2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup margrine
7 oz evaporated milk 

Melt butter in sauce pan over medium heat without boiling. Add sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and evaporated milk. Stir well and bring to a boil. As soon as it boils time for 5 minutes. Then immediately remove from heat. Ice cake as it will harden into fudge the longer it sets. I personally let it cool some before otherwise it is super running. Depending on how long you wait to frost your cake you might need to double the recipe. Since I frosted mine while it was still runny I had plenty of icing. 

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