Patty, our Test Kitchen Director, went through her special stash of recipes in order to make this cake for Howard's birthday. This cake is so good, you really don't need a special occasion to make it.

Serves: 10

Cooking Time: 30 min

What You'll Need:

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (1-1/2) sticks butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup water

FROSTING

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups confectioners' sugar

1/4 cup heavy cream or milk

What To Do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray and lightly dust with flour. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, sour cream, and vanilla until combined. Slowly add dry mixture and water to creamy mixture and beat just until blended. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake 28 to 34 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. To make frosting, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Place one cake layer upside down on a serving platter and frost top. Place second layer over first and frost top and sides. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Patty, our Test Kitchen Director, went through her special stash of recipes in order to make this cake for Howard's birthday. This cake is so good, you really don't need a special occasion to make it. Serves: 10 Cooking Time: 30 min What You'll Need: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup cocoa powder 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup (1-1/2) sticks butter, softened 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar localoffersIcon 3 eggs localoffersIcon 1 cup sour cream localoffersIcon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup water FROSTING 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups confectioners' sugar 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk localoffersIcon Watch How to Easily Make Fresh Jam What To Do: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray and lightly dust with flour. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, sour cream, and vanilla until combined. Slowly add dry mixture and water to creamy mixture and beat just until blended. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake 28 to 34 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. To make frosting, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Place one cake layer upside down on a serving platter and frost top. Place second layer over first and frost top and sides. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Read more at http://www.mrfood.com/Cakes/Best-Ever-Birthday-Cake#XYqYJkJl6iBpXk2g.99 Patty, our Test Kitchen Director, went through her special stash of recipes in order to make this cake for Howard's birthday. This cake is so good, you really don't need a special occasion to make it. Serves: 10 Cooking Time: 30 min What You'll Need: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup cocoa powder 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup (1-1/2) sticks butter, softened 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar localoffersIcon 3 eggs localoffersIcon 1 cup sour cream localoffersIcon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup water FROSTING 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups confectioners' sugar 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk localoffersIcon Watch How to Easily Make Fresh Jam What To Do: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray and lightly dust with flour. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, sour cream, and vanilla until combined. Slowly add dry mixture and water to creamy mixture and beat just until blended. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake 28 to 34 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. To make frosting, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Place one cake layer upside down on a serving platter and frost top. Place second layer over first and frost top and sides. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.
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