Homemade Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

‘Tis the season to bake and eat and give and be merry. Christmas season always brings out my desire to bake, especially new things. I got the urge to make something with my adorable little helper and wanted to do something different from the traditional Christmas cookies. I found this recipe for Homemade Chocolate Cake on Pinterest.

Homemade Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

One of my goals for myself was to make cake from scratch. I’m quite partial to chocolate cake while Mr. H prefers Funfetti. (Check out my post on a Funfetti cake from scratch here.) After my last cake turned out well, I decided it was time to make a cake for me, a chocolate cake.

Homemade Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This is a very simple recipe. I’m glad I saved this recipe to try. I had no problems making this other than judging the baking time, which also turned out just fine in the end.

Homemade Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

I took the time to read through some of the comments on the original recipe and double checked the notes given by the creator. It’s very important to pay attention to the size of your pan when making this recipe. Or at least to the amount of batter you put in your pan. If you’re only using pan, make sure it is at least 3 inches tall. If it is not, do not fill more than 2/3 full. You will have spillage and that is not fun!

Homemade Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Fortunately, my pan was big enough. I ended up making the entire batter into one LARGE cake (yum and fun!) This made it take a little longer to cook than given in the instructions. At first I was worried the outer edges would be too hard but after resting and cooling, they softened into an easy to eat cake.

Homemade Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

The cake turned out moist (much to my surprise) and very chocolate-y. If you are a chocolate cake lover, I highly recommend this cake. The frosting used is the same as the one I used on the Funfetti cake with some small adjustments to make it a little less sweet. Plus, I added blue and yellow color to make it a fun Christmas green to celebrate the season. And the Christmas sprinkles in my cupboard added a nice little touch to the top.

Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

    For the Cake
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    For the Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste (helps offset the sweetness)
  • 1 1/4 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar (I only used 1 1/4 because I find it too sweet with more)
  • Sprinkles optional

Instructions

    For the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350F, making sure the baking rack is in the middle of the oven.
  2. Prepare your cake pans by cutting out a piece of parchment or wax paper to line the bottom of the pan.
  3. Grease the pans, place the parchment or wax paper in the bottom of the pan and lightly grease again.
  4. Dust the pans with flour (or cocoa powder if you don’t want the white dusting on the finished cakes).
  5. Set the pans aside.
  6. Using a fine mesh strainer, sift together the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  7. Add the eggs, yolk, warm water, buttermilk, oil and vanilla.
  8. Mix on low speed (with a handheld mixer or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer) until smooth, about 3 minutes. (I actually hand mixed this with a spoon and it worked just fine as well.)
  9. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
  10. Bake the cakes for about 32-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean or with moist crumbs.
  11. Do not overbake!
  12. Remove the pans from the oven and set the pans on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.
  13. Gently run a thin knife around the edges of the pans and unmold the cakes, removing the parchment paper liners from the bottom of the cakes.
  14. Let them cool completely, top sides ups, on a wire rack.
  15. Trim the tops of the cake layers with a long serrated knife to make them level.
  16. Frost as desired.
    For the Frosting
  1. To a large bowl, add the butter, vanilla, optional salt, and slowly add the confectioners' sugar while beating with a handheld electric mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Turn frosting out onto cooled cake, smoothing it lightly with a spatula or offset knife.
  3. optional Top with sprinkles.
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This Chocolate Cake recipe brought to you by:
Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
This Buttercream Frosting recipe brought to you by:
Averie Cooks.
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Favorite Movies – 52 Lists

At first glance, I thought this list was going to be very easy. I started thinking about my favorite movies. But this is much more difficult to do than I thought. Narrowing down my favorite movies is no easy task!

My taste in movies is pretty varied. I don’t have any loyalty to just one genre although I do prefer to stay away from a few of them. (I have to admit that I am not a big fan of comedy.)

Favorite Movies

FAVORITE MOVIES

(in no particular order)

  • Cinderella – My favorite Disney movie growing up. I watched it over and over and over.
  • Fern Gully – Another favorite movie from my childhood. Hexxus still scares me quite a bit.
  • Clue – I love this movie. One of the few comedic movies I do enjoy.
  • Legally Blonde – This is my feel good movie. Whenever I’m in a bad mood, I turn this on and feel a lot better.
  • Willow – The brownies might just be some of my favorite fantasy characters ever!
  • Silent Hill – This movie still scares the pants off me. I don’t think I’ve watched it yet without getting totally scared of the dark!
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – I don’t think anyone can do Willy Wonka better than Gene Wilder.
  • St. Elmo’s Fire – I’m a sucker for Brat Pack movies, but this is my favorite from that group.
  • Dead Poet’s Society – My favorite Robin Williams film but I just love the movie as a whole too.
52 lists with Chasing Slow
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DIY: Toddler Thanksgiving Snacks

With Thanksgiving coming up soon, and my son’s class having a Thanksgiving party, it was time to bust out creative snack ideas. It had to be cute and turkey related. Plus friendly enough for two year-olds to eat. Thank goodness for Pinterest because I, along with some suggestions from the other mom helping with the party, was able to find some awesome DIY Toddler Thanksgiving Snacks.

DIY Toddler Thanksgiving Snacks

At first I thought of only doing one snack. After seeing some of these idea, I couldn’t stop at one and made two. These are super simple snacks to make. However, they are a bit time consuming.

The two snacks I chose were the Popcorn Goldfish Turkey gloves and Cheesestick Turkeys. Each had it’s unique challenge but overall they were simple to handle. I’m not amazing at crafty things and even I managed to pull these off. (Which means, you can too!)

TURKEY GLOVES

DIY Toddler Thanksgiving Snacks

The hardest part of the turkey gloves is stuffing the goldfish down in the fingers. I let my perfectionist side take control and sorted the goldfish by color. Each “feather” got to be its own color. I also didn’t have time or materials to do a good felt beak and waddle but drew them on. Fortunately, I did have googly eyes. (Isn’t everything better with googly eyes??)

DIY Toddler Thanksgiving Snacks

CHEESESTICK TURKEY

DIY Toddler Thanksgiving Snacks

The hardest part of the Cheesestick turkey was getting the “feathers” to stick to the body. Other than that, this was incredibly easy to make. I did not put googly eyes on these because of size. (And no one wants to be the mom responsible for a child in school swallowing a very small googly eye.) So the faces for these were also drawn on.

DIY Toddler Thanksgiving Snacks

So if you need a fun way to make a Thanksgiving snack, especially to tide your kiddo over while dinner cooks, I highly recommend these two snacks! What are your favorite Thanksgiving snacks for kids?

DIY: Toddler Thanksgiving Snacks

DIY: Toddler Thanksgiving Snacks

Ingredients

    For the Turkey Gloves
  • Multi-colored Goldfish
  • Popcorn
  • Transparent Disposable Gloves (without the powder residue)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Orange and Red Felt (or markers)
  • Glue
  • Yarn or Ribbon
    For the Cheesestick Turkeys
  • Pack on String Cheese
  • Construction Paper
  • Black, Red, and Orange Markers
  • Glue

Instructions

    For the Turkey Gloves
  1. Separate goldfish by colors. (Not necessary, but it is my preference.)
  2. Fill the tall fingers of the gloves with goldfish.
  3. Fill palm and thumb with popcorn.
  4. Twist bottom of glove and tie with ribbon or yarn.
  5. Glue googly eye to thumb.
  6. If using felt, cut out beak shape from orange and small waddle from red.
  7. Glue beak and waddle to thumb below the googly eye.
    For Cheesestick Turkey
  1. Fold construction paper in half.
  2. Cut out half of feather shape from each color you're using. (I chose green, brown, and a dark yellow.)
  3. Unfold and glue to flat side of cheesestick.
  4. Draw eyes, beak, and waddle on round side of cheesestick.
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