The Hubby's Birthday Cake

We had a lovely family birthday dinner for the Hubby this year hosted by his sister and her husband.  I was asked to bring a birthday cake. Usually the entire family relies on Graul's for birthday cakes since they're always amazing but I wanted to try my hand at baking my own. I have never baked a cake before so it was definitely on my bucket list. What can I say - my our new Kitchenaid makes me want to bake - all.the.time.  So I was really excited for another excuse to use it. 
I asked the Hubby what kind of cake he wanted and his response was a classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Not too daunting, right? I searched online for a recipe and decided on this birthday cake recipe from Smitten Kitchen and it did not disappoint. I used this easy chocolate fudge for the icing and it was the perfect amount of sweet.

I had a slight mishap when I took one of the layers out of the pan to cool...it totally broke in half. But it worked out fine. I just made it the bottom layer and the icing held everything together so no one could tell. I iced this cake maybe five minutes before we left our house. Next time I would cut the top off both layers to make them lie flat. It looked a little topsy turvy but that's okay for a first attempt. #AliceInWonderland. What's important is that the Hubby loved it and said he wants it again next year! Yay!

Now I just need to invest in a large cake stand with a dome and a cake carrier (like this or this)! #ChristmasHints


 (Side Note: I've made a ridiculous amount of cookies with our Kitchenaid including these and these. I highly recommend both.)


  1. The cake turned out great! Yellow cake and chocolate frosting is JFC's favorite as well (and he has even been known to buy the boxed mixes and make his own...)

    I also need to invest in one of those cake carriers. My cupcake carrier had to suffice when I made a pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving, but it was certainly not ideal and a taller cake would not have fit!

    ps - WS also has a monogrammable glass cake stand and dome set that I recommend!

    1. Thanks! :-)

      I ended up holding the cake on my lap on the way to his sister's house. I was white knuckling it the entire time and praying that there wouldn't be any sudden braking. I could totally picture a cake face smash. Lol

      I want the monogrammable glass cake stand and dome too! Especially since it doubles as a punch bowl!


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