Voila! Birthday Celebration Cake

Here’s the celebration I told you about earlier this week … a monster cake with retro flare (I kind of love that the freeze frame in the video looks like the cake is my face!):

Here are a few close ups of the cake and that cake box from the ’70s….
cake and cake box

and now a close up of that box! (Grandma G, why did you keep this?)
cake box

And finally, the cake that stands half a foot high!

For the cake I used the Best Birthday Cake recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Then I melted 4 oz. of chocolate, divided the cake batter in half and added the chocolate to one half of the batter.

For the frosting, I adapted the Instant Fudge Frosting from Smitten Kitchen:
6 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
3 cups confectioners’ sugar (no need to sift)
3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 T. half-and-half
1 T. vanilla extract

1. Put everything in a food processor and whirl away until smooth


One Comment Add yours

  1. Nancy says:

    Happy Birthday Voila and COngratulations Emily!

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