Yesterday was my dad’s birthday.
So we had cake.
A LOT of cake.
My mom and I had asked him what cake he wanted, and he said chocolate and nut-marzipan.
Back in December, when I had my final oral exam and got my Bachelor’s degree, my dad came with me to Mönchengladbach, where I went to university and the examination took place. It’s almost 5 hours away, and I was nervous and hadn’t slept the night before, so it was good he came along. On our way back we stopped at a store in Düsseldorf that sells British and American foods. As I was looking for root beer and grape jelly, my dad found Betty Crocker SuperMoist Devil’s Food cake mix.
And since we still hadn’t made it, we decided that it would be his chocolate birthday cake.
Unfortunately, the store was not only out of root beer, but also out of frosting. So I went over to Bakerella to find a recipe for chocolate frosting. I found a recipe for dark chocolate cream cheese buttercream frosting that looked awesome, so it was a done deal.
I noticed later, but I accidentially used twice as much butter as the recipe says. And as I was adding the sugar I thought that it looked pretty nice and creamy already, so I let my dad do a taste-test and he said it was perfect. I ended up only using about half of the sugar.
So here’s what I used for the frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
about 1/2 pound powdered sugar
It didn’t even need milk, it was super creamy without it! It was very easy to spread, and the cake looked awesome!
It was soooo good! I think it’s good that we tasted the frosting in between instead of adding all of the powdered sugar. It would have been extremely sweet, and with only half the sugar but twice the butter it was pretty perfect!
But I don’t want you to miss out on all the other cakes we made!
My mom took some of the leftover cake to work today, but there’s still so much left!
Having cake in the house is a dangerous thing…