Hi all! I pitched a blog idea about chronicling my newbie adventures in cooking and baking to the IGGPPC staff and am now blogging about these adventures! I used to only be able to cook two things: spaghetti with jarred sauce and Mac n’ Cheese. Since I am now a grown up (have been for awhile, but am only slowly accepting it) I am learning to do more. I’ve been cooking a few things consistently for a few years now, but this year I decided to go through various places online and ask friends to learn new recipes, which has been quite successful!

Today, I am going to be talking about my first  adventure with baking a cake. Not just one cake, but two! And they were layered cakes. Some called me adventurous; some probably shook their heads in disbelief that these were going to be my first cakes. Anywho, I did it and actually (mostly) succeeded!

Why two cakes? June 29th was my dad’s birthday and mine was the 30th. I love strawberry cake, but he prefers chocolate. So, I made both. Let’s take a look at my adventures.

Strawberry Cake

 This Recipe from All Recipes:

  • 1 (3 oz) package of strawberry flavored Jell-O
  • 1/2-cup cold water
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 Celsius). Grease and flour three 9 inch round cake pans.
  2. Dissolve the gelatin in the cold water; stir in the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, flour and ½ of the strawberries. Bled for five minutes on medium setting of your mixer and divide the batter evenly between the three pans.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the layers spring back with pressed lightly in the center.
  4. Frosting: Cream the butter, sugar, and remaining strawberries until light and fluffy.

The First Outcome 

I made this cake before my birthday to make sure it actually worked; it did until I got to the frosting and it looked like Hagrid baked the cake. I don’t have photos of this because I was so upset and didn’t know at the time I was going to be doing this blog! (Next failure, I shall share photographic proof.) Anywho, I ended up remaking the cake (after eating the failure, it was still yummy!) and just using store bought frosting for my birthday. I fully plan to remake the frosting, but didn’t want to mess up a second cake. I am still not sure what happened with the frosting, but will test it out next time to see.

With the strawberries: I at first followed what the recipe said, but goodness – it sure was difficult. So instead, I pureed the strawberries, which worked perfectly. This was also great because most people aren’t fans of finding pieces of fruit in their food. It turned out delicious in the end and I am looking forward to trying my hand at frosting again in the future.

Now for the chocolate cake!

Chocolate Cake

The Recipe from All Recipes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2-cup vegetable oil
  • 1-teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-cup hot brewed coffee
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, and salt together.
  2. Add oil, milk, vanilla, coffee, and eggs; mix well. That batter will be thin, so don’t worry! Pour it into two 9 inch greased and floured round pans.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) for 25 minutes or when top springs back. Cool them on wire racks.

This cake was super easy, but the only thing I am thinking of changing is pouring the batter into three pans, instead of two. The coffee is a nice touch. It isn’t overbearing, but it adds such a nice flavor. I made this for my dad who is a huge fan of chocolate and coffee. Worked out pretty well. Again, I used store bought frosting. *ducks* I’m still learning, you guys!

These really were quite successful and I had such a great time making these. It was stressful at first, especially as I waited for everyone to try some, but it was worth it in the end!

Do you have any yummy cakes that you think I should try to make? Send me the recipe! I might just try to make it.