January 15, 2007

Old Fashioned Chocolate Birthday Cake with Special Fluffy Chocolate Frosting

For the cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup water (or substitute water with 1 cup cold brewed coffee)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. (We used three 9-inch round cake pans)

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, milk, oil and vinegar. Mix until smooth, batter will be thin. Pour into prepared pan.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

For the frosting:

10 oz. butter, softened
2 lb bag of powdered sugar, 3/4 cup withheld
1/2 cup cocoa powder (eye ball it)
3 big spoonfuls powdered egg whites (the secret ingredient!)
2 tsp. vanilla
Milk or half and half, to thin to desired consistency

Cream the butter and sugar. Add milk and cocoa, alternating. Add powdered egg white and vanilla. Beat until fluffy and delicious!