Black and White Birthday Cake

Back in December, my niece was not the only one with a birthday.  Actually, we have lots of December birthdays in the family, but my only other birthday cake was for my father-in-law.  This is what the beginning of December looked like at the end of one night of baking. Cakes for days…..


Cakes ready for the freezer

Those white cakes were for my father-in-law.  He is a white cake with chocolate buttercream kind of guy.  I love this combination because when you cut into the cake, the crisp lines of white cake sandwiched between layers of chocolate buttercream is really pretty.  I should have taken a picture of it cut, but once again, I failed.


White cake with chocolate buttercream

This cake was fairly easy to throw together.  I make this chocolate buttercream using my usual buttercream recipe however, when I add the milk and vanilla, I add about a half to 3/4 of a cup of cocoa powder.  Once mixed in, I complete the rest of the recipe.  At the end, I adjust the consistency with some milk as the chocolate really thickens up the mixture.

For the top, I had some left over chocolate from making homemade thin mints that I didn’t want to throw away.  I spread the extra chocolate on a piece of parchment paper and let dry.  Once it was set up, I cut “shards” of chocolate and stuck them in the cake.  It was a simple design that adds a little wow factor.


White cake with chocolate buttercream

This cake was only assembled for approximately 2 hours before we devoured it.  Enough time for people to arrive at the house, eat dinner, and have the kids sing Happy Birthday to their grandpa!


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