Saturday, November 3, 2012

Homemade Birthday/Anniversary Cake and Cream Cheese Icing

This is, hands-down, the best homemade cake I have ever eaten.  If you top it with my homemade cream cheese icing, it is even better!  When my parents visited us on their wedding anniversary, my daughter and I decided to make this cake for them... but, it would also work for birthdays or any other special occasion you can come up with :) 

Ingredients (double for a  large layer cake):
2 1/4 c unbleached flour
3/4 c cocoa powder
2 t baking soda
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 c butter, softened
2 c packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
3 T coconut oil, melted
1 c sour cream
add last:
1 c boiling water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all wet ingredients, then mix in dry.  Add boiling water last and mix until smooth.

Butter and flour 9"x13" glass pan (if making cupcakes, this should make about 32).  Bake 35 minutes for cake, about 15 minutes for cupcakes.  Test with a knife to make sure center is cooked.

Top with cream cheese icing:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 c butter, softened
4 c powdered sugar
pinch salt
1 t vanilla extract
milk or cream (enough to get thick icing)

Blend together until smooth.  Add milk or cream as needed- a little goes a long way!