Ingredients for the Cake
1 18.25 oz. rich chocolate cake mix (we used Paula Deen's mix)
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
2 tsp. french vanilla extract
Ingredients for the Frosting
8Tbsp (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 cup whole milk, plus more if needed
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
To make the Cake
*Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
*Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
* Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
*Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute.
*Stop machine and scrape down sides.
*Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes.
*Divide batter evenly between pans.
*Remove from oven and cool on wire rack in pans for 10 minutes (We run a knife around the edges and then set a timer.)
*Turn onto wire racks and let cool completely.
To make frosting
*Place butter in electric mixer.
*Blend on low speed until butter is creamed. Take your time here, the better the cream texture the easier your frosting will be.
*Stop the machine.
*Place powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, milk and salt in the mixing bowl.
*Beat on low speed until frosting lightens and is fluffy, 2 -3 minutes. Add more milk (1 Tbsp at at time-remember you can always add but you cannot take away) if desired for spreading consistency.
Tip: Place strips of parchment paper under your cake and then when frosting is complete,pull strips away and your plate is as clean as a whistle (BTW, are whistles really clean? Nonetheless, your plate will be perfect!
Don't you just want to have a taste of that frosting?!!!
This cake dome was my treasure find....Isn't it beautiful!!
And of course, our Havilland and vintage pastry fork with a little slice of Heaven...