This week I made an Ugly Christmas Sweater cake using my one bowl chocolate cake recipe. I baked the cake in a 9X13 pan and decorated it using cookie cutters and several different piping tips. I’m going to share my recipes and photos with you.
One Bowl Chocolate Cake
2 cups of white sugar
1 ¾ cup of all purpose flour
3/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
1 1/1 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 large eggs
½ cup of vegetable oil
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
1 cup of boiling water
To Make The Chocolate Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour your pans. (this will make 2 9 inch cakes, for this design I used a 9 X13 pan).
In a large bowl stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil, vanilla and mix for approximately 2 minutes on medium speed.
Stir in the boiling water, the batter will be very thin but no worries it will bake up nicely.
Pour evenly into prepared pans.
For 9 inch pans bake 30-35 minutes or until the cake tests done with a toothpick. I baked my 9X13 cake for 45 minutes. All ovens vary so be sure to test it before you remove it from the oven.
Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Vanilla Buttercream icing
1 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature
4 cups of sifted icing sugar
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
up to 4 tbsp of heavy whipping cream
To make the icing
In a mixing bowl beat the butter for approximately 5 minutes
Slowly add the icing sugar and continue beating, scrape down the sides of the bowl
Mix in vanilla extract
Then add your heavy whipping cream. If you want a thicker consistency add less cream and for a thinner icing add all of the heavy cream
Once I had my cake baked and cooled, I crumb coated it. After 5-10 minutes of being in the fridge, I started to work on dividing the cake up into sections to decorate. I used a small bowl to create a neck hole and I used my Dritz Ezy Hem ( this is actually an awesome tool to have for baking) to divide the sections up evenly. Then I placed my desired cookie cutter shapes onto the cake and pressed gently to mark the icing. I tinted my icing to the colors I wanted and began to pipe out the decorations. I used 2 batches of vanilla buttercream for this cake.