Friday, April 26, 2013

Chocolate Birthday Cake

Hey y'all!
Last weekend, Mom became another year wiser. That's right, it was her birthday! Our aunt came down, spent the weekend with us and took Mom shopping. Of course we made her presents and cake, chocolate cake!
Here is an adorable paper frame Hagen made. I love the little RV!

And here is a little video of us singing 'Happy Birthday', and Mom blowing out her "candle"....

We had an enjoyable weekend celebration!
And now onto the cake...

I have a confession to make about this cake... it was made from a mix... go ahead, ridicule me...

Are you done? Okay, well this mix is our favorite to use whenever we are short on ingredients and time. It is gluten and soy free, and we only use it occasionally. 

For the cake you will need:
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup strong coffee
 1/2 cup water

Mix together the above ingredients and pour into greased cake pans. Bake at 350* for 25- 30 minutes. This mix makes two 8-inch round cakes or 24 cupcakes.

For the ganache you will need: 
  1 10 oz bag of Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips 
2 Tablespoons cream cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk, or heavy cream
Put these ingredients into a saucepan or double boiler on low heat. Stir until you have a nice liquid. I started out with 1/4 cup of milk, then slowly added more to get the consistency I wanted. You may have to add more liquid, depending on if you use milk or cream.

When your cake is cooled, pour the ganache over the top. I like to do a small amount at a time, letting it soak in and spread out. 

When it comes to chocolate, I'm a pushover...
I hope you enjoyed this not-so-made-from-scratch recipe!


  1. YUM! :D
    btw: I love the new header!!!! :)

    1. Thank you, Sarah! We are pretty excited about it!
      <3 Layla

  2. We occasionally use cake mixes, too :) You are so creative- love the candle. I like your new photo, Layla. Great shot.

    1. *phew* I'm glad I'm not the only one who veers off the healthy path sometimes! Ha, yes, we forgot to bring our collection of birthday candles, and didn't have time to pick any up, so I had to improvise! And thank you, aren't Hagen's photo skills amazing?! Oh, did you see her new pic?
      <3 Layla

    2. Yes!!! I love her "what did you just say?" look. She can pull that one off so well!