my birthday cake

my birthday cake

As is the tradition in our home, I make my birthday cake.

Not because others won’t, but because baking cakes is my passion as well as my profession. My birthday is one of the few times a year that I throw all good business sense out the window (easy recipes, easy assembly, less time, etc.) and simply make something that moves my soul.

I know, I know, it’s weird to say that cake moves your soul. But I am not talking about just the eating of it, I am talking about the creativity behind it. The thought and the detail and the energy that is lovingly poured into prepared cake pans along with silky chocolate batter.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups good unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee (I use decaf)
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 1/4 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® vanilla extract
  • pinch table salt
Read the whole recipe on i am baker