Chocolate Melting Cake & Cupcakes

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.

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ordered cake

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.

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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.

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Add 3 eggs one at a time and cream together until light and fluffy.

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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.

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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.

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he liked it ;)

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the cupcakes, yum!

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