This is the first cake recipe in the Cakes section of the MSBH. I’m not a big fan of yellow cake, or of chocolate frosting for that matter, but as far as these two things go, this recipe is pretty top-notch. I mean, I’ll still probably never make this recipe again for myself, but if you need a basic yellow cake with a basic chocolate frosting, you can’t do much better than this version here.
The cake recipe itself is a bit more involved than a box mix, but not by much. The cakes baked up really well with little fuss.
One complaint: the cakes developed a really thick crust on the edges.
So once the cakes are baked and cooled, it’s all about the Dark Chocolate Frosting. There’s a heapload of semi-sweet chocolate, and more-than-adequate levels of sugar and butter.
Tragedy struck when my canister of powdered sugar fell to the floor. Not only did I have a huge mess to clean up, but I had to make a special trip to the store for powdered sugar. I hate when stuff like that happens. It totally throws off my groove.
So a few hours later, back in in the kitchen, ready to finish the frosting…
It goes without saying, this frosting is not really a health food! The butter, sugar, and other bad-for-you ingredients are mixed with melted semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder – it is very, very chocolate-y. It is also very smooth, pretty, and easy to work with. If you like chocolate frosting, truly, you can’t do much better than this recipe.
And then the cake is assembled and frosted. I am so bad at frosting cakes! I need to take some sort of class.