Alanna's daughter Kayla turned 16 in August and I made this cake for her actual birthday. I think the stand up letters make the cake more festive. You can learn how to do them here.
Here's what you'll need:
1 3/4 C Flour
2 C Sugar
3/4 C Cocoa Powder
2 t Baking Soda
1 t Baking Powder
1 t Salt
1 C Buttermilk
1/2 C Vegetable Oil ~ I used Canola
1 t Vanilla
1 C Strong Hot Black Coffee ~ I used Espresso Roast
Combine your dry ingredients and mix well. Add wet ingredients with the exception of coffee. Give it a couple of minutes with the electric mixer. Pour in black coffee and mix until incorporated. The batter is a bit thinner than a cake mix. Pour into greased pan. I used a round pan that took about 40 minutes at 350. If you used a 13x9, I'd start with 20-25. Bake until toothpick comes out clean.
I cut the cake into three layers and put a chocolate cream cheese frosting inside.
This is what you'll need:
1 brick Cream Cheese~softened, yep low fat
1 stick butter~softened
2 t Vanilla
3 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
1/2 C Hershey Cocoa
Mix together and frost.
For the outside I did a simple chocolate buttercream but you could also use the chocolate cream cheese if you wanted.
Decorate with your chocolate toppers, refrigerate for about an hour and serve.