Let’s All Eat Cake For My Birthday!

Yeah, that little picture you clicked on to get here was  cake that I made.  It was awesome!  Want a close up of it?  Well, here you go!  That is a  Dalahäst.  In English they are known as Dala HorsesDSCF1488 or Dalecarlian Horses.  Originally carved as children’s toys from wood over in Sweden, they have come to be somewhat of an icon of their country of origin.  Frequently they are cited as symbols of luck, happiness, strength, wisdom, and faithfulness.  I think they are absolutely adorable.  When I was at IKEA I found the cake pans shaped like the Dala Horse and I had to get it.  This was a cake that I made a while back and man was it delicious!  You can’t see through the delightful homemade buttercream frosting and royal icing, but under that is a delicious blue velvet cake.  Velvet cakes can be made in a variety of colours, but keep in mind that you have to add quite a bit of food colouring to the batter for the colour to show through the cocoa powder in the the mix.  Since it is my birthday I figured that I would share an old favourite recipe of mine with you all.  That is the recipe for velvet cake.  So, here you go!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of cake flour
  • ⅔ a cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 ½ sticks of unsalted butter that has been softened
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of clear vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups of buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • ¼ a cup of bitter chocolate melted and cooled, but still liquid
  • ⅔ a cup of canola or sunflower oil
  • Food colouring of choice (The colours that work best are: blue, red, purple, black, orange, and brown)

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F
  • Spray baking pan with Baker’s Joy
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • In a separate same sized bowl, cream butter and sugar together
  • Beat the eggs and vanilla into the creamed butter and sugar mixture
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, oil, and vinegar
  • Colour this mixture with the food colouring starting with 5 drops of food colouring (If you are using black or red food colourings, make sure that they are the kind that doesn’t turn food bitter)
  • Alternating between the two, blend the flour and buttermilk mixture into the butter mixture
  • Once it is well blended, mix in the cooled chocolate liquid
  • Pour into cake pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean
  • It is best to cool the cake for a bit in the pan before removing and leveling the cake for frosting

There is the recipe for the cake itself.  Now, if you want to frost it, here is a basic recipe for cream cheese frosting.  You can a bit of extra flavouring to it to change the flavour a bit.  You can add some cocoa powder to make it chocolate flavour or a couple of tablespoons of flavouring oil  also works.

Ingredients

  • An 8 ounce package of cream cheese that has been softened
  • ¾ of a stick of unsalted butter
  • 3 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of clear vanilla extract

Directions

  • Cream the cheese and butter together until it has a smooth texture
  • Sift the sugar in and stir until there are no lumps in the frosting
  • Add the vanilla and blend together until it is smooth mixed in fully
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