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Classic Birthday Cake
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18 INGREDIENTS • 9 STEPS • 1HR 20MINS

Classic Birthday Cake

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Why choose between chocolate and vanilla? This decadent chocolate cake is slathered in a vanilla swiss meringue buttercream for the best of both worlds!
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Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Welcome to Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen, a love letter to my two incredible grandmothers, both of whom I think about every time I’m in the kitchen.
http://jeanieandluluskitchen.com/
Why choose between chocolate and vanilla? This decadent chocolate cake is slathered in a vanilla swiss meringue buttercream for the best of both worlds!
1HR 20MINS
Total Time
$1.85
Cost Per Serving
Ingredients
Servings
12
us / metric
Cake
Dark Brown Sugar
1 cup
Dark Brown Sugar
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Baking Powder
2 tsp
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
2 tsp
Baking Soda
Ground Cinnamon
as needed
Ground Cinnamon
Salt
1 pinch
Milk
1 cup
Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup
Vegetable Oil
Chocolate Liqueur
2 tsp
Chocolate Liqueur
I used Godiva® Chocolate Liqueur
Water
1 cup
Water, boiled
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Egg
4
Eggs, separated
just the whites
Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 cups
Salt
1 pinch
Butter
2 1/4 cups
Butter, softened, room temperature
Nutrition Per Serving
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Calories
740
Fat
47.2 g
Protein
4.8 g
Carbs
81.9 g
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Welcome to Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen, a love letter to my two incredible grandmothers, both of whom I think about every time I’m in the kitchen.
http://jeanieandluluskitchen.com/
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step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper and spray them both well with cooking spray.
step 2
Set up a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and combine the All-Purpose Flour (2 cups), Granulated Sugar (1 cup), Dark Brown Sugar (1 cup), Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (1 cup), Baking Powder (2 tsp), Baking Soda (2 tsp), Ground Cinnamon (as needed), and Salt (1 pinch) in its bowl. Mix them together with the paddle just to aerate them.
step 3
Slowly pour in the Milk (1 cup) and Vegetable Oil (1/2 cup), followed by the Eggs (2) and Chocolate Liqueur (2 tsp). Very slowly and carefully pour in the Water (1 cup) with the mixer on low.
step 3 Slowly pour in the Milk (1 cup) and Vegetable Oil (1/2 cup), followed by the Eggs (2) and Chocolate Liqueur (2 tsp). Very slowly and carefully pour in the Water (1 cup) with the mixer on low.
step 4
Evenly divide the batter among the two prepared pans, then bake them for 30-35 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out completely clean.
step 5
Let them cool in the pans for 15 minutes or so, then turn them out of the pans to cool completely. Clean out the stand mixer bowl and paddle since you will need them for the buttercream.
step 5 Let them cool in the pans for 15 minutes or so, then turn them out of the pans to cool completely. Clean out the stand mixer bowl and paddle since you will need them for the buttercream.
step 6
Fill a small saucepan halfway with water and bring it to a low boil. Combine the whites of the Eggs (4), Granulated Sugar (1 1/2 cups), and Salt (1 pinch) in a heatproof bowl and set it over the simmering water while you whisk it. Keep whisking while it gently cooks for a couple of minutes.
step 7
Transfer it into the stand mixer bowl and use the whisk attachment to whip it up to be stiff peaks for a few minutes. It should be white and shiny.
step 7 Transfer it into the stand mixer bowl and use the whisk attachment to whip it up to be stiff peaks for a few minutes. It should be white and shiny.
step 8
Switch to the paddle attachment and slowly add in the Butter (2 1/4 cups) a stick at a time, finishing with the half stick. Finally, mix in the Vanilla Extract (1 tsp) to finish it up! It will be a luscious buttercream.
step 9
Place the first layer on a cake plate and spread a thick layer of the frosting on it. Place the second layer on top and generously frost the top and sides of the cake. Decorate it to your heart's desire with edible beads, sprinkles, you name it! Enjoy!
step 9 Place the first layer on a cake plate and spread a thick layer of the frosting on it. Place the second layer on top and generously frost the top and sides of the cake. Decorate it to your heart's desire with edible beads, sprinkles, you name it! Enjoy!
Tags
Shellfish-Free
Kid-Friendly
Vegetarian
Dessert
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