A long overdue post from March!
I finally found a chocolate layer cake recipe that is perfect for birthday cakes. It’s not too rich, not too dense, has a great chocolatey flavour and is so simple to put together.
I’ve been making cakes for a while now and while we love chocolate cakes, making a layer cake with chocolate takes more than just any chocolate cake recipe. I made a birthday cake for my dad last year when he visited from Singapore. That cake was so rich that three layers was just too much.
I’ve also made Black Forest cake for the past few years for my husband’s birthday and somehow while the cake texture is perfectly light and fluffy, for me the chocolate taste wasn’t quite there.
So when I tried this recipe from King Arthur Flour I was surprised by its simplicity, lightness and flavour. It’s perfect for a chocolate layer cake and I will definitely be making it again. I only used the cake recipe from there, as the birthday boy specifically asked for strawberry frosting.
As for the strawberry frosting, I used this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction last year when I made a similar cake but found it way too sweet – I did reduce the sugar but not by enough.
This time I went with 1.5 cups of softened butter, 1 cup of freeze-dried strawberries and just over 2 cups of icing sugar (about half what the recipe calls for). I also added more salt. And it was perfect.
And the birthday boy was thrilled!
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