I was so honored to make and decorate a cake for my grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary party. Opportunities like that (60th wedding anniversaries or cakes to decorate) don’t happen by very often. My creative juices have to be activated by visual inspiration…so I had to get inspired looking through Google images of cakes, and so on. Well, here it is. It took a long time to make, but even longer to get it on here (sorry, peeps!).
Even if you don’t want to decorate a cake for your grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary, you HAVE to try the Texas Hot Cocoa Cake that’s underneath all that icing in the pictures. No denying it: it’s simply the BEST. Wherever you are, you have to take your eyes off this computer screen and go make it. Smell it while it’s baking. Then forget it contains any calories at all. (Of course, it really doesn’t.) Yum.
That’s just Wilton’s buttercream icing recipe. It would be better with only butter (trying saying that ten times fast), but I did half Crisco and doubled the clear vanilla extract to make it a little more white. Something just doesn’t appeal to me when it’s super ivory.
I made the flowers and pearls out of royal icing, then brushed them with pearl dust. More pearl dust on the pearls all the way around the edge! I like the sparkles, but you can’t really see them in the pictures. Oh well. That means you’ll have to get some pearl dust and play with it yourself. Great stuff.
The little flower on the corner. I liked it.
Underneath that fluffy, creamy facade was the cake.
Texas Hot Cocoa Cake
1 stick butter or margarine
4 T. cocoa
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
In a saucepan, bring butter, cocoa, oil, and water to a boil. Let cool a little, then add buttermilk, vanilla, and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking soda. Add to chocolate mixture; mix well. Pour into a greased 9×13-inch pan (and don’t forget to leave a little dough in the bowl to lick off later!). Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
P.S. This is a good cake. Good. Good. Good. All this talk is making me want some. You’ll bring me some when you make it, won’t you?
Have a blessed day!