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Makes 2 (8 or 9 inch) cake (We used heart shaped pans)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup butter
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line 2 cake pans with parchment paper, or lightly grease
3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa.
4. In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer cream the butter.
5. Beat in the sugar.
6. Blend, beating in the eggs and vanilla until it is light and fluffy.
7. Add the dry ingredients and milk to the wet. Alternate dry and the milk , make 3 dry and 2 liquid additions, combining each on slow speed.
8. Turn into prepared cake pans, place into preheated oven and bake 30-35 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched.
CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
12 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa
2/3 cup whole milk
OPTIONAL: walnut halves for garnish
1. Using an electric mixer beat the butter in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add the vanilla and beat in.
2. In another bowl, use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to stir the confectioners' sugar and the cocoa together until evenly combined.
3. Add the dry mixture and the milk to the butter, alternating dry with milk until all are combined and smooth. If the frosting is too runny add a little confectioners' sugar. If the frosting is too thick add little more milk. If adding more, do just a tiny bit at a time until you have the perfect consistency.
FILLING BETWEEN CAKE:
1/2 to 1 cup jam (strawberry is a good choice)
1. Transfer the bottom layer of the cake onto a serving plate.
2. Spread a layer of jam in the middle and put the second cake on top.
3. Frost the top and sides of the cake. Garnish if desired. We used walnut halves and edible butterflies.
This cake had "Edible Butterflies" as the garnish.
To find out more and purchase edible cake decorations go to Go Frost Yourself Edible Images