Making layered cakes have always scared the heck out of me. I was so sure that I would mess it up somehow.
But for my mom's birthday last month, I decided to confront this fear once and for all.
And boy am I glad I did, because now I am totally hooked on making them!
My mom doesn't have a sweet tooth like I do. So I knew that buttercream frosting is out of question.
I decided to use a chocolate whipped cream frosting recipe that I found at Baking with Nadia. And we LOVED it! It was soft, fluffy and not too sweet. Just perfect!
And you know what else I loved about Nadia's site? The video tutorials! She makes them look so easy and her instructions are so simple to follow. Extremely helpful for a newbie like me.
Here's how I made it.
cake mix ( I used Betty Crocker Butter Recipe Yellow )
1 cup milk
10 tablespoons butter ( softened )
I heated the oven to 325 degrees F. Then I greased and floured my two 8" round pans.
I mixed all the cake ingredients making sure not to overbeat it.
I wanted to make three layers but I only have two 8" pans, and I wasn't brave enough to cut the cake into layers. So I poured equal amounts of the cake batter into the two pans and a third container (for the third layer), so I could bake them in shifts. I covered and refrigerated the batter in the container while the first two layers bake (I hope that makes sense).
Bake for 22- 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
1 quart or 4 cups heavy whipping cream
6-7 tablespoons of sifted powdered sugar
6-9 tablespoons of high quality unsweetened cocoa powder
Click here to see the instructions and video tutorial on making the chocolate whipped cream frosting.
Nadia also has a video tutorial on how to assemble and frost cake layers. You can watch it here.
You can also add some chocolate curls/shavings on top of the cake just like I did.
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