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Baked with Love – Vanilla Cake, Cocoa Frosting, Raspberry Heart

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With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought I would make a heart cake to share with you ; )  I got the vanilla cake recipe from my Better Homes magazine and added a simple buttercream chocolate frosting. I’m always on the search for an amazing vanilla cake and this one turned out pretty good! I’ll be keeping it in my really unorganized recipe book. Ha! I’m picking a day next week to clean out my whole baking cupboard… should be a fun process ; ) See the recipe below and if you make this let me know how you like it!

 

Basic Vanilla  Cake: 
6 large egg whites
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup butter
2 2/3 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups buttermilk

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Allow the egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grease two 8×2 round cake pans. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper, grease and flour the paper too. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and 3/4 tsp. salt, set aside. In electric mixer, beat butter for 30 seconds on medium to high. Add sugar and vanilla, beat until combined. Add all egg whites at once and beat for three minutes on medium-high. Alternately, add flour mixture and buttermilk to batter, beating on low after each additions just until combined. Divide batter evenly into the round cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and let them cool on a wire rack for another 30 minutes before you frost.

 

Fluffy, Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
8 tablespoons butter (softened)
2 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

 

Beat butter until creamy. Add sugar and cocoa and mix well. Gradually add the milk, slowly and mix well. Add vanilla. You can add more sugar if you need… it’s your preference!

 

Frost your cake and put some between the layers. Wash the raspberries and make a heart shape!

Photo credit: Sugar and Charm

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8 responses to Baked with Love – Vanilla Cake, Cocoa Frosting, Raspberry Heart

  1. January 28, 2011

    yummy! i’ll have to save your recipe and try it sometime. i usually cheat with vanilla cake and use a box! good idea with the heart shaped raspberries! looks delish!

  2. January 29, 2011

    This cake is so perfect for Valentine’s Day, romantic, chocolatey, and sweet. I have a linky party going on at my blog called “Sweets for a Saturday” and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link this up.

  3. January 29, 2011

    Looks beautiful! Such a great idea.

  4. perfection! you have a great eye for making everything beautiful!

  5. January 30, 2011

    This is adorable…great idea!

    Visiting from Sweet as Sugar Cookies! 🙂

  6. February 2, 2011

    So beautiful!!!
    Perfect for Valentine’s!
    And, for sure, delicious!!!

  7. March 10, 2011

    PLEASE HELP! There’s no quantity posted for the butter in this recipe, and I’m baking the cake TODAY! I was 1/3 of the way through before I realized it says to beat butter but doesn’t say how much. Could someone please tell me how much? Thanks!

  8. Ashley H.
    April 5, 2011

    The butter quantity is in the ingredients section with the other quantities! 🙂

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