Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Chocolate-Buttermilk Spice Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

I am posting this recipe, because sometimes I get requests for the recipe. I often make this cake for special occasions and it is really really delicious! It is a recipe that I have adapted from a couple of other recipes.

Chocolate-Buttermilk Spice Cake : 
cooking time is for a bunting pan.  325 degrees for about 70 minutes.  This timing depends on your oven and your pan.  You may want to check it at 60 minutes to see if it might be done.  You can also adapt this to make cupcakes pretty easily..just check the timing of how long to make regular cupcakes and subsititue the temp and time.    (probably 350 degrees for about 15-17 minutes or so)

3 cups raw or white sugar
3 cups of unbleached white flour
3/4 cup of butter
3/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups water
3/8 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:  (prepare the day before or many hours before to give the cake enough time to cool)
You will need 2 bowls and one sauce pan
  1. preheat oven to 325. grease and flour your pan (or put parchment paper on the bottom)--it can be hard to get this cake out of the pan and the paper might make a difference.
  2. sift sugar and flour together in one bowl
  3. in sauce pan, combine butter, oil, water, and cocoa, bring to a boil, remove from heat and add to dry ingredients
  4. dissolve baking soda in buttermilk; then add eggs, salt,cinnamon, and vanilla. Then mix this with the cocoa mixture 
  5. pour batter into pan and bake.
When the cake is done baking, set it aside and let it cool completely before trying to get the cake out of the pan.  I have destroyed this cake a couple of times trying to get it out too soon. you may need to loosen the cake or pat the sides and bottom to try not to break the cake before it comes out in one piece. If it does break, you can often mend it with the frosting.

Whipped Cream Frosting
prepare the day of the event as it is best fresh

1 package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup of raw or white sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups of heavy cream

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth. 
  2. In another bowl, whip the cream until it stiff peaks form.
  3. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
Alltogether: Cover the cake with the frosting carefully:  using a rubber spatula works really well. It is often fun to let the kids add sprinkles and candles. 

As you can see, I have made this cake many many times now over the past few years for both my kids!  (-; 

Updated:  Now for all 3 of my kids!  (the above pictures are so old now!)  2013


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