Wednesday, June 20, 2012

4th of July Cake

Thank you to all of our readers for being patient while I was out on maternity leave.  I know our posts have been a little reduced, but Claudia has been holding down the fort fabulously.  I probably am not a 100% back yet, but I could not let this cake stay silent any longer.   

First things first!  You just might want to see what has been keeping me so busy?? 
Here she is, little Savannah...She is a really good baby and she let's me sleep 6 to 7 hours a night, so my recovery has been amazing and probably faster than most.  I am just thankful to not be pregnant anymore :)  Love this girl!!!

And while I am at it, this is my little boy, Boston enjoying some of the frosting from this cake. 
Love this boy!!!  I officially have two kids...whewww!  Let the adventures begin :)

And here is the was really delicious too, wish you could have tasted it...sorry!
 But here is how to make it...

First make the cake...Remember my disaster cake here.  Well this is the cake that was in my head.  To make it right, I had to go with my best recipes.  I had to break out the chocolate cake recipe.  Cause it's that good, real good....mmmmm!

Best Chocolate Cake Ever
2 C. Sugar
1 3/4 C. Flour
3/4 C. Cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
2 Eggs
1 C. Milk
1/2 C. Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 C. Boiling Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour pans.  I used a 6 inch pan three times, because I wanted a small tall cake.  They were baked about 25 minutes.  For two 8 or 9 inch rounds, bake 30-35 minutes. 

First mix together your dry ingredients in your mixer, then add in the eggs, milk, oil, vanilla.  Mix together, then add your boiling water last.  Pour into cake pans and bake. 

To make this most delicious frosting, click here.

 This is my new favorite trick that keeps my pastry bags nice and clean :)  I heart!

 I made this cake proper by using the "dam" method.  That is what I call it when you frost the top with a thin layer and then you pipe a dam around the edge.  Then you put your filling in the center.  You could skip the thin layer of frosting part.  But in my book, the more frosting the better :)
This is called a crumb layer of frosting.  It's where you frost your little heart out and don't worry about the crumbs.  Especially hard not to do with the chocolate cakes.  After you apply your crumb layer you can put it in the freezer for 20 minutes or so before you apply your final frosting layer.  With this cake I only did that on the top.  Because my pretty peppermint sticks covered up any evidence of crumbs...
Got these festive sticks at the dollar store.  They are delicious, more like butter mints than candy canes.  My brother suggested I should have done the center a minty frosting instead of raspberry.  Suggestion noted, as I just took my mint sticks off the cake and ate everything else.  It would be good with a minty filling/frosting as well.
Found this little starts at the dollar store as well.  Glued a toothpick that I painted white to the back for them to stand up on.
I used a star tip for the little stars and the top of each stick.  This now very much resembles my marshmallow cake.  I tried to change up the top and did several different versions, but this one was the best.  Happy 4th of July!  I am so thankful for our freedom we have in this country to live as we choose.  And grateful to my husband and to all the other service men and woman who still protect and fight for our country everyday.

Happy 4th of July,

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  1. Okay I need to see some more pictures of that baby! She is adorable!

  2. Wow, that cake is awesome! I hope you will link up to my Patriotic Project Parade!

  3. This is ADORABLE!! Would love it if you would link this up at my trendy tuesday party!!



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