For B’s first birthday I had grand plans to make a huge cake and B’s smash cake.
However, it was too big of a plan. I just didn’t have time to do everything I had planned. So we bought a cake for the adults and I made B’s smash cake and cupcakes.
For the cake I ordered I got a white cake with vanilla frosting, so I went with a chocolate cake for B’s cake.
I started with a devils food cake.
1 cup buttermilk
Whisk together 3/4 cup of boiling water and 3/4 cup of cocoa powder. Cover and set aside.
Mix together 6 ounces of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
Add 3 eggs one at a time and cream together until light and fluffy.
Sift together 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Add this mixture alternating with 1 cup buttermilk to the other mixture.
Add cocoa and water mixture until smooth.
I made the cake batter first and set it aside. I should have made the ganache first. Oh well, still turned out delicious.
To make the ganache place 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil while stirring.
Put 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a stainless steel mixing bowl. Remove the cream from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate is melted.
Let the chocolate sit at room temperature for 1 hour or 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Once all the ingredients were ready I poured half the batter into a 9 inch cake round and the rest into cupcake molds.
Fill each device 3/4 of the way. For the cupcakes I add one tablespoon of ganache on top of the batter, then I poured the rest of the ganache into the cake pan.
Cook the cake and cupcakes at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
I decorated the cupcakes with vanilla frosting and B’s cake with whipped cream.
he liked it
the cupcakes, yum!