Happy Birthday!

This birthday cake was a collaborative effort. The kids mixed the cake (Amazon cake–mixed right in the foil pan), I baked the cake and made the frosting, and the kids helped decorate. My kids directed the design–blue smiley face, with a nose–and added blue piping on the sides and sprinkles on top.

The frosting is inspired by a recipe  from Vanilla Bake Shop in the new NYT cookbook. I upped the cocoa content and added in coffee, plus I made it dairy-free.

Chocolate Frosting

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (about 6 ounces)
1 tsp. meringue powder (optional)
2 ounces shortening
4 ounces Earth’s Best Margarine
1/3 cup Dutch process cocoa (1 ounce)
2 T Hershey’s extra dark cocoa
1 tsp. coffee dissolved in 3 Tbl. water

Cream together the shortening and margarine and powdered sugar and cocoa. Add the coffee mixture. Adjust the texture with either more powdered sugar or more liquid.

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One Response to “Happy Birthday!”

  1. lisamichele Says:

    Is this your birthday cake?? If so, happy birthday to you and the cake looks marvelous! If not, Happy New Year to you, and the cake looks marvelous! Looking forward to ogling and drooling over more of your creations in 2011 🙂

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