Thursday, December 29, 2011

Silver White Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

So it's been awhile.  Life gets busy, you know.  School, the holidays, traveling.  Constant housework.  Oh, so much housework.

But I thought I'd share a cake I made a few months ago, just because.  It's a silver white cake with a chocolate buttercream frosting.  It came out soooo good.  Luckily, we had company to help eat it, otherwise I could have eaten the whole thing myself.

The recipes  both come from one of my favorite cookbooks: The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook. It's an OLD cookbook.  I think my mom gave it to me.  But I love it because it has a picture for EVERY. SINGLE. RECIPE.  You can get a new copy on Amazon:

Silver White Cake
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 375 and grease and flour two 8 inch cake pans (I used my heart shaped ones, for no particular reason.) Line the pans with wax paper.

2. In a medium bowl, at high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in 1/2 cup sugar, 2 Tbsp at a time.  Beat until sugar is dissolved and whites stand in stiff peaks and then set aside.                                                                                3.  In another bowl, beat one cup sugar and remaining ingredients, starting at low speed until combined.  Beat for 3 more minutes at medium speed.  At low speed, beat in the whites.                                   4.  Pour into pans and bake 25 minutes.  Cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1 lb confectionary sugar                                          
8 Tbsp butter or margarine, softened
3-4 Tbsp milk or half and half
3 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted then cooled
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt

 1. At medium speed in a large bowl, beat all ingredients until very smooth.  You may need to add a little more milk to get the consistency that you want.

Now to frost that cake!

I added some mini chocolate chips in the middle for a surprise :)

And then I added some to the outside, too :)