Nothing beats a good chocolate cake!

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12 tablespoons salted butter, softened

1 cup light brown sugar

1⁄2 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

11⁄2 cups plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3⁄4 cup cocoa powder



11⁄2 cups sugar

3 large egg whites

1⁄3 cup water

2 teaspoons light corn syrup

1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

sugar cookies as decoration (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl beat butter and sugars until creamy.
  3. Add the egg and mix well.
  4. Add milk, vanilla, flour, baking powder, and cocoa and mix until you have a smooth dough.
  5. Pour batter into 2 well-greased 6-inch cake tins.
  6. Bake until puffed and golden and a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.
  8. For the frosting: Whisk sugar, egg whites, water, corn syrup, and cream of tartar in a large metal bowl.
  9. Place in a double boiler.
  10. Use a hand mixer and beat until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  11. Take it off the heat, add vanilla, and beat until cool.
  12. Place cake on a stand and add 1⁄3 of the frosting.
  13. Add another layer and frost the whole cake with the vanilla frosting.
  14. Decorate with sugar cookies.
  15. Let stand at least 1 hour before serving.


I love to use sugar cookies to decorate cakes!

Photography by Hector Sanchez

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