Birthday cake. A tradition that we've all had since childhood, and who said it shouldn't be continued on in our lives no matter how old we are?! Since he's not a big fan of sweets, I decided to go with vanilla cake and chocolate frosting. I made cupcakes from scratch once and the cake turned out dry. I didn't want to experiment on his birthday cake, so I went ahead and used Betty Crocker Vanilla cake mix, buuuut.... I made the frosting from scratch. I don't really like to use the already made frosting in a can... why you ask? Well it comes in a plastic container, it is processed and really, really sweet!! Like too sweet!! I used the chocolate frosting recipe I found here from the wonderful Barefoot Contessa aka Ina Garten. The recipe calls for semisweet chocolate, but I used a mix of milk and bittersweet chocolate, which was the perfect balance.
Vanilla cake cooling
The chocolate I chopped up ~ used Ghirardelli milk and bittersweet.
now melted. So creamy and divine.
The butter ~ light yellow and fluffy
The vanilla cake being frosted