This cake was so cute and tasted fantastic. The cake had a pound cake consistency and had a wonderful flavor from the cream cheese and vanilla. I used the Cake Mix Doctor’s recipe for “The Best Birthday Cupcakes” and made it in two 9-inch cake pans. It took a while to bake, but the end result is “the best”. This will be my “go-to” birthday cake recipe.
I love the way it was decorated. I got the idea from another cooking blog – Paige’s Pantry. I saw the cake on her blog and bookmarked it to make for my Dad’s birthday. I used 10 ½ packs of Kit Kats and probably a pound of M&Ms. You can really use as many M&Ms as you like.
I really think this is “The Best Birthday Cake”.
Best Birthday Cake
adapted from The Cake Mix Doctor
1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup water
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. Set the pans aside.
Place the cake mix, cream cheese, sugar, oil, water, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Blend on low speed with an electric mixer for 30 seconds, until the ingredients are well blended, then stop the machine and scrape down the sides. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for 1 ½ to 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides again if needed. The batter should be smooth and thickened. Divide batter between cake pans.
Bake the cakes until they are lightly golden and spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, about 40 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for 5 minutes. Remove cakes pans and cool completely. Frost with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
Meanwhile, prepare the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1 stick butter (8 Tbsp) softened
3 cups powdered sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
2-5 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp vanilla
Mix together butter, 2 Tbsp milk, cocoa powder and vanilla. Gradually add in powdered sugar. Add milk a tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency.