Feeling 22: The Birthday Cake

No birthday is complete without a cake. No girl’s 22nd birthday is complete without an even better, delicious chocolate cake topped with fudge, right? 

I turned 22 January 4th and can honestly say it was the best birthday yet. I went to lunch at Buffalo Grill with my mom, dad and boyfriend Charles. Then went to dinner at Cafe Prego with my best friends – one of the tastiest Italian places in Little Rock.

To top it all off, my mom made one of the best birthday cakes I’ve ever had. I feel like it wouldn’t be fair not to share the recipe with everyone else. If you’re a chocolate lover like me, give it a shot and let me know what you think!


We made a chocolate cake and topped it with cream cheese icing and a Semi-Sweet Chocolate Glaze. The ingredients for the chocolate glaze are described separately below. We also put a chocolate-dipped strawberry on top and some crumbled Oreos around the bottom edge. So much chocolate – so good.


Chocolate Cake
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes


2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup strong black coffee 
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch round baking pans. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder. Mix dry ingredients on low until thoroughly combined.
3. Add coffee, buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla. Mix on medium for ~two minutes.
4. Pour batter into two prepared pans.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes for round pans or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
6. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
7. Frost as desired. I used Pillsbury Cream Cheese Frosting. 
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Glaze
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 3/4 cup


3 squares BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon margarine or butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


1. Microwave chocolate, water and margarine in a large microwavable bowl on high 1 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring once. Remove from microwave. 
2. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
3. Stir in sugar and vanilla until smooth. For thinner glaze, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon additional water. 
4. Drizzle chocolate glaze on top and sides of the iced cake. 
5. Add crumbled Oreos around the bottom edge of the cake for some extra sweetness!


That’s how you make the best cake, birthday style.



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