Thursday, July 18, 2013

Book Launch Party Cake by Patricia Sands

This is the scrumptiously delicious cake my son’s fiancée baked as a surprise for the fabulous launch party we had for The Bridge Club, three years ago. Everyone loved it … the book, the party and the cake! Note to self: plan launch party for The Promise of Provence and see what cake shows up this time!

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Favourite Chocolate Layer Cake 
1 cup butter, softened 
1 –1/2 cups granulated sugar 
2  eggs 
1 tsp vanilla 
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder 
1 tsp each baking powder and baking soda
1/4 tsp salt 
1 –1/2 cups buttermilk 

Chocolate icing
1-1/2cups butter, softened
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tbsp vanilla 
3 cups icing sugar
6 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped, melted and cooled 

 •        In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir into butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of buttermilk. 

 •        Spoon into 2 greased then parchment paper-lined 9-inch round metal cake pans. Bake in centre of 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre come out clean. Let cool on rack for 20 minutes. Remove from pans; let cool completely on racks. Cut each cake horizontally into 2 layers. 

•        Chocolate Icing: In a bowl, beat butter until fluffy; gradually beat in cream. Beat in vanilla. Beat in sugar, about 1 cup at a time. Beat in chocolate until fluffy.

•        Place 1 layer, cut side up, on cake plate. Slide strips of waxed paper between cake and plate. Spread cut side with about ? cup of the icing; cover with remaining half. Cut side down. Spread top with another ? cup of the icing. Repeat with remaining layers.

•        Spread remaining icing over the side and top. Remove paper strips. ( Make-ahead: cover loosely and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Let come to room temperature before serving.) Makes 16 to 20 servings.

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1 comment:

  1. Cake recipe sounds delicious. And how thoughtful of you son's girlfriend to make that cake.