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Birthday Chocolate Cake


I am not a great baker. I could say that I am an ok baker. I feel that is my status purely in the fact that I ~just~ bought an oven temperature. If you don’t have one, get one. I will admit, I wasn’t sold on having one. After multiple attempts in making cakes (all ending in disaster. We don’t talk about 2018 baking Jose… it was bad) I finally found a recipe (which I tweeked) and a method for the madness. I finally feel that I can begin attempting in baking and actually baking cakes somewhat often.

This year, with Covid-19, its been crappy (to not say shitty) for all my teacher friends. As a former teacher (turned full time director of Music & blogger), I feel for all of my friends. It’s crazy times, they are investing twice as much more money into their classrooms because they need to. All of this said, Eric (my partner in crime) has been working on this new school year essentially before the previous school year ended. He was working on what August would look like since May.

Eric’s birthday (August 22) always fall into 3 days: First day of school, First rehearsal with his top ensemble (he’s a high school choir director) in the form of a retreat or he’s stressting in what he needs to do to have a sucessful start up for the school year. We’re both somewhat of workaholics, its ok.

This year it was the latter. He’s been stressed out and he needed something special. Which, my thought was: “I’m not teaching. I’m somewhat happy that I’m not teaching, with my severe asthma and overall disagreeing that schools should reopen as Iowa is forcing it. I should do something. I should bake a cake!” *cue the flashbacks of the last 5 years disastrous attempt, especially 2018 cake*

For reference here is 2018 2 layer cake…

2018 cake… of distress

Yes. Hot mess. Now, lets see what 2020 brought:

You look like a model, you look just like Linda Evangelista!

2020: success, beauty, amazing. So… let’s go and see how I made it from 2018 to 2020. What was 2020 recipe and What did Eric say?

Ok, so this is the YouTube video I used to inform me: Preppy Kitchen. He’s awesome. A former math teacher and full-fledged baker. Good for him. He’s good at math and baking. Which I both am not great. NOT jealous at all.

Biggest differences: I used chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, vanilla paste, and a whole lot of color full language as I tried to force buttercream. to work in a hot kitchen (to which it won, put in the fridge and then I won the war).

If you’re like me, this will take you twice as much time (purely because I’m not a fast baker)

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 35-40 mins (depends on the size of your cake pan)
Oven temp: 350 degrees

Ingredients for the cake:

Ingredients for the Chocolate Butter Cream

Ingredients for decorating:

How to:

Make the cake:

Making the Chocolate buttercream:

Cake, Assemble!

Eric & Moe Approved (he’s just sad he can’t eat it)

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