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Friday, May 20, 2016

Chocolate Buttercream


    MiMi made a lot of cute birthday cakes for us over the years.  Of course most of the cute ones she made for me I only remember through pictures.  But as the oldest of 6 kids, there were plenty of little ones around to make cute cakes for throughout a good portion of my life.  My littlest sister, Chloe had some cute ones that I can remember.  But the favorite cake my mom made was a treasure chest cake.  She found the idea in a Family Fun magazine, and if I remember correctly it made an appearance at more than one birthday.  It was always a hit.




   So, when we decided to throw Cap'n Jax a pirate party for his birthday, I knew I had to make a cake like the ones my mom made.  I remember hers looking a little less like a preschool project than mine did, but mine was delicious all the same.  I dug up the recipe for my Devilishly Good Chocolate Cake (actually I just did a google search for it!  There is something so satisfying about googling your recipes rather than digging through boxes and folders to find what you want!)  Instead of baking it in 2 rounds, I mada a 9x13" cake and just added a few minutes to the bake time.  Then it was assembly time!


     I won't go through all of the directions to put together the cake, because if I had it to do again I would do it differently.  But one delicious and easy chocolate cake covered in 1 1/2 recipes of chocolate buttercream and stuffed full of candy is sure to be a hit no matter how you put it together.  Jax certainly loved it and that was the most important part.  He kept having everyone go look at it and he probably told me how cool it was at least a dozen times!


    Of course this frosting is good for more than making treasure chests.  It would pipe great on cupcakes and works perfect spread over sheet cakes.  You can play with the proportions a bit to get the texture you like.

Chocolate Buttercream
makes 4 cups of frosting or enough to frost 24 cupcakes or 1 9x13" cake

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 T light corn syrup
1 T milk

  1. Cream butter until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and beat until completely combined.
  3. Frost your cake or cupcakes right away.
  4. To use from the refrigerator, bring to room temperature and then beat for a minute or two or until fluffy again before using.
For more great frosting recipes, check out my pinterest board!

20 comments:

  1. I've been looking for a good chocolate buttercream. This one looks delicious.

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  2. This looks sooo good, Carlee! I've been craving it ever since seeing the photo on facebook!

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    1. I think you and I are cut from the same cloth!

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  3. I love a good chocolate buttercream especially on a white moist cake - yummy - thanks for the recipes and love the creative idea for the treasure chest too - Thanks for linking up at #WayWow

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    1. MMM! That is one of my favorite combos too, I nice moist buttery cake with chocolate frosting! Thank you!

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  4. What an absolutely adorable cake, and such a yummy recipe too! :)

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    1. Thank you! I had so much fun getting ready for his party.

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  5. I love buttercream frosting. I have never made chocolate though. Sounds delish!

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    1. Chocolate makes everything better!

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  6. Oh yes, please, Carlee, I'll have some of this! Heck, forget the cake, I'll just take that whisk!!

    Mollie

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  7. Hi Carlee, Thanks for sharing a recipe for Chocolate Buttercream! I look forward to trying it soon! Blessings, Janet

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    1. I hope you love it, thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Cute treasure chest, Carlee! I used to make cute theme cakes. Then I got lazy. Now all my cakes are round or rectangular and assembled in the usual way. :D

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    1. I'm not artistic at all, so I do better with round and rectangular myself. But it was fun to try something new and nobody seemed to mind that it wasn't Rembrant quality work ;-)

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  9. Your little guy is just adorable and that buttercream is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you! He really is a sweet little guy!

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  10. I could lick that beater! LOL But, seriously! I used to decorate cakes for a living, but I found that I was coming down in the middle of the night for spoonfuls of buttercream icing. I am seriously weak when it comes to great frosting! I would eat it til I was sick. This looks like one of those recipes that I would absolutely love, I'm saving it for the next cake I make, it must have this icing!

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    1. I would totally do the same thing... I can't be trusted with things like frosting in the fridge. What might start as just a little taste could quickly spiral out of control!

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