Ok you guys, so here’s the thing, I am NOT a baker. Like really not a bake. But my kiddos love homemade birthday cakes. There’s something really special about someone baking you a birthday cake from scratch. You just feel important.
So with Frankie’s birthday this week, the kids and I wanted to do something a little special. We thought it would be fun (and by fun, I mean…..make a mess, everyone fights, and cries, and mom ends up yelling – yes, that kind of “fun”) to work together to come up with something really special for him.
First, we had to decide on a cake that we could actually bake. Frank insisted on chocolate (thank goodness, I kind of hate baking vanilla cakes). I scoured the internet for THE BEST chocolate cake recipe and ended up going with this one from The Barefoot Contessa, called Beatty’s chocolate cake. And let me tell you….it’s THE cake to bake. It uses buttermilk (which we love in this house) and a full cup of coffee. Plus it’s honestly really easy. The kids actually made the batter on their own and you don’t need a mixer.
Now the hard part – decorating it. The kids and I spent a little time looking at all of the overly perfect cakes on Pinterest. They asked for about three dozen intricately decorated cakes -all of which I said “heck no” to before we came up with an idea I could actually attempt.
Our plan was simple….white frosting, cover the sides in sprinkles and then make a “5” out of sprinkles. That we could do 😉