My Christmas spirit suddenly arrived! I had some visits today and decided to make something christmassy.The cake recipe and chocolate frosting were taken from a very small Hershey pamphlet they gave me a very long time ago; they both are really easy and delicious! the vanilla buttercream is from Savory Sweet Life and was also great. I used some Strawberries to create the Christmas trees over the white snow atmosphere... hope you like it as much as I did!
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 3/4 flour
- 3/4 cocoa
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup boiling water
- Heat oven to 180° C (350° F). Grease and flour two 8 inch baking pans
- Combine in a big recipient sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt, mixing well. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, beating in medium speed for 2 minutes. Add water and stir. The batter will be really thin, so don't worry!!! Pour batter into baking pans.
- Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely. Wrap the cakes in aluminium foil carefully and put them in the freezer for 1 hour. In the meantime you can start with the icing. With a serrated knife and very carefully, cut the cakes in half
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 3 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Beat butter for 2 minutes in medium speed. Add powdered sugar and mix until incorporated with butter. Add salt, vanilla extract and milk and beat in medium speed for 3 minutes.
Chocolate Christmas Trees:
- 7 strawberries with different sizes
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Melt the butter. Stir in the cocoa until well combined. Alternate the powdered sugar and milk and mix well. Add the vanilla extract.
- With a serrated knife, cut the two layers into four, carefully
- Assembly the four layer cakes with a thin layer of white frosting in between. Add a very thin layer of the vanilla buttercream to the whole cake so the crumbs won't get into your frosting later on
- With a star tip, add the vanilla buttercream to the whole cake. Add one strawberry at a time, covering it with the chocolate frosting with a star tip. Do the same with each strawberry until all covered.