Half Birthday Cake (Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting)
One 9-inch cake, cut in half, stacked and frosted to make a perfect half-birthday cake. A super simple chocolate cake with vanilla cream cheese icing.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
For the cake:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup boiling water
For the frosting:
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 6 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- chocolate chips. sprinkles, candy, ganache
Make the cake:
Preheat oven to 350. Butter or spray one 9 inch cake pan.
Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Once combined, beat in egg, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (the batter will be thin), and pour into cake pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Prepare the frosting:
Beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined and creamy.
Cut the cake in half and place one layer on top of the other. Frost the cake (including in between the layers) with a butter knife or offset spatula. Garnish with whatever you like.
Frosting tip: I usually do a crumb coat when frosting a dark cake with light colored frosting. This prevents the dark crumbs from being spread all over the frosting. I had a very short period of time to get this cake made and I skipped this step, which is one reason the final product doesn't look as neat as it could have. It still tasted good though!
Cake adapted from Hershey's
Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1.1mg