Monday, February 16, 2009

Birthday Cake for a 3 Year-old!

I saw this cake in the Better Homes & Gardens magazine and fell in love! Isn't is so cute and look tasty? Well, I gave it a go it didn't look the same, but tasted delicious!

Well it looked more like this.....

Here's the recipe!

Chocolate-Cherry Stack Cake
(Better Homes and Gardens Magazine)

3/4 cup plus 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
1/3 cup plus 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Recipe Cherry or Chocolate Frosting, recipe below
1 Recipe Chocolate-Dipped Cherries, recipe below (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 6x2-inch round cake pans or springform pans. Mix 1 teaspoon each flour and cocoa powder; dust pans. Set pans aside.

2. In bowl combine 3/4 cup flour, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.

3. In large bowl with electric mixer beat butter on medium to high for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Beat in sour cream and flour mixture. Pour batter in pans; spread evenly.

4. Bake 22 to 26 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched and edges begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on rack.

5. Use serrated knife to horizontally cut cakes in half to make 4 layers total. Place bottom layer on plate; spread with 2/3 cup frosting. Repeat with layers. Place top layer on cake. Heap remaining frosting, swirling in peaks. Refrigerate. To serve, top with Chocolate-Dipped Cherries. Serves 8.

6. Cherry Frosting: In chilled large mixing bowl combine one 8-ounce carton sour cream. 1 cup whipping cream, 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice. Beat with chilled beaters on medium-high until fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.

I just made my own chocolate cake from a box. But my frosting didn't whip up!? But it didn't stop us from eating it!


  1. Maybe try whipping the cream 1st then add everything else. As long as it tasted good though, that's what counts w/desserts.

  2. I'm sorry your cake didn't turn out like the picture. :) At least it was still yummy!

  3. ok, that was funny!! Way to try to make that cake. I agree, as long as it tastes good, who would cares

  4. I really though you made the first picture I was super impressed, but you know the second cake looks just as good.