Kids of all ages love chocolate cakes. If you bake one for the first birthday of your child, you will definitely get the reward for being star mom in the form of lots of hugs and kisses from the children at the birthday party. Here is a simple first birthday cake recipes with delicious chocolate frosting.
Items needed for the chocolate cake recipe and frosting:
Cocoa powder – 1 cup
Boiling hot water – 2 cups
Soft and unsalted butter at room temperature – 1 cup
Sugar – 2 ½ cups
Eggs – 4
All-purpose flour – 2 ¾ cups
Baking soda – 2 ¼ teaspoons
A pinch of salt
Vanilla extract or essence – 1 ½ teaspoons
1 packet of semi sweet chocolate chips
½ cup of half and half cream (you can use full cream too, but add some milk to it)
¾ cup of unsalted butter at room temperature
2 ½ cups of icing sugar
Mixed fruit jam – 1 cup
Edible silver balls – 1 packet
Colorful chocolate gems – 1 packet
Preparing the cake:
Whisk the eggs and sugar in a deep bowl.
Add the butter and whisk some more to get a fluffy texture.
Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
Dissolve the cocoa powder in boiling hot water and let the mix cool.
Add this mix to the butter-egg mix and whisk some more to get a smooth batter.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
Now add the dry ingredients to the prepared mix, spoon by spoon, and whisk some more to get the cake batter to dropping consistency.
Grease a 9 inch baking pan and pour the batter in the pan.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 35-40 minutes.
After the baking time, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack.
Preparing the frosting:
On a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and butter.
Remove from heat and stir in the cream and icing sugar.
Whisk to combine well and your chocolate frosting is ready.
Assembling the cake:
Let the cake cool completely before assembling.
Cut the cake in the middle horizontally.
Place the bottom layer on a serving plate.
Spread a generous amount of frosting over the layer and cover with the top layer.
Spread the rest of the frosting on the cake and cover all the sides.
Put the mixed fruit jam in a piping bag and decorate the top and sides of the cake in any design you like.
Use the silver balls and chocolate gems to cover the top and sides of the cake.
Put the prepared cake in the fridge for 2 hours to let everything set before serving.