April 4, 2009

baby cakes

we had a baby shower for one of my co-workers. actually, I lied. we had a bridal shower for two of my co-workers since they are married, work in the same department and are having their first baby - a girl.

I made this cake and it was delicious, although at midnight on thursday, I remembered why I don't do this kind of thing very often anymore. it was good practice for me to work on my royal icing consistency, steady hand-piping with certain tips and general frosting smoothing . . . that's where I need the most work. aren't conference rooms so pretty and glamorous for such occasions?

in any case, here's the best chocolate cake I know of. my lovely sister-in-law has been searching for the perfect chocolate cake. I feel like I need to remind her of this one since it's my favorite. alas, I don't reside in utah. maybe I can convince rookie cookie to take it to her since her recent relocation to wasatch country . . .

perfect chocolate cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 cups cold water

sift together dry ingredients. add wet ingredients and mix well until slightly fluffy. spray two 8 inch round pans and evenly divide the batter in each. cut through batter with a knife to release air bubbles. bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (very important as this cake is already super moist - you want it to be thoroughly done). let cool entirely before frosting.

chocolate cream cheese frosting
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup cocoa
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

cream butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until soft. add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.


  1. super cute.
    looks super yummy.
    you are super talented.

  2. That cake is beautiful!! Thanks for the recipe - it looks delish!! :)

  3. SO pretty, Liz!
    ...and it sounds just as delicious!

    Your co-workers are so lucky to have you. :)

  4. I might be able to oblige- because I am just that rad.

    E-mail me. whitney_leigh_ingram@yahoo.com

  5. I can't wait to try this cake! Thanks for the recipe. Do you mind if I post it on my blog and link back to you?

  6. That cake is so cute. And thanks for posting the recipes. I am definitely going to try them. I do have a question about the mayonaise though. Is it the real kind or the miracly whip kind? I am guessing real but just want to be sure.

    Thanks again.

  7. lauren - yes, real real REAL! the reason for that is, mayonnaise contains eggs which is what this recipe is lacking. it takes the place of that.


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