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Classic Chocolate Layer Cake with Buttercream Icing

This weekend was Hubby’s birthday weekend. I have never baked a layer cake before. Never had much success with frosting, often finding it too sweet. Then I found this recipe through and had to try it. It’s actually from Hershey’s (even though I used another brand). A very moist, not-too-dense & not-too-sweet, classic chocolate cake to keep in your recipe file. Pretty simple, even a six-year old can follow.

My darling six year old will be my assistant today.

“That a girl…read mama the recipe.”

In a bowl, stir together your dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients.

Thank you Sunshine and Jenny for the eggs.

After the batter is well mixed, hand stir in a cup of boiling water. It’s a surprisingly runny batter, but believe me, it will firm up.

I used a cup less icing sugar than the chocolate buttercream recipe called for, and added some whipping cream along with the milk. Don’t worry if some of your cake sticks to the pan, the frosting will hide the holes.

Frosting a cake is like sculpture (or hairstyling). Work with it, don’t fight it to get the swirls just right.
Let it be fluffy and natural.

Mmmmmmmmm…I think he likes it.

Make this, it’s fool proof. Happy birthday Hubby xo.

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