Basic cake rounds and frosting

Makes 3 8in or 2 9in

Chocolate 1:

  1. 10tb butter
  2. 10-1/2oz brown sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1/2 cup sour cream
  5. 1tsp vanilla extract
  6. 7-1/2oz flour
  7. 1tsp baking soda
  8. 1/2tsp baking powder
  9. 1/4tsp salt
  10. 1-1/4 cup boiling water
  11. 4oz unsweetened chocolate
  12. 1-1/2oz cocoa powder
  13. 1tsp espresso powder
  • Cream 1-2. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in 4-5. In 5 alternating additions, fold in 6-9 and 10-13, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  • Bake in the middle of a 350 oven for 15-20 minutes for 8in or 25-30 for 9in. Cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool for 2 hours.

Chocolate 2:

  1. 4oz unsweetened chocolate
  2. 1/2 cup hot water
  3. 21g cocoa powder
  4. 347g sugar
  5. 4 eggs + 2 yolks
  6. 12tb butter, cut into 1tb pieces
  7. 248g flour
  8. 1/2tb baking soda
  9. 1tsp salt
  10. 1 cup buttermilk
  11. 2tsp vanilla extract
  • Combine 1-3 in a double boiler until melted. Add 1/2 cup sugar and set aside until cool.
  • Beat remaining sugar with eggs until fluffy and add to chocolate mixture. Beat in butter 1tb at a time. Alternately beat in 7-9 and 10-11 in 5 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  • Bake in the middle of a 350 degree oven for 15-20 for 8in or 25-30 for 9in. Cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool for 2 hours.

White:

  1. 9oz cake flour
  2. 12-1/4oz sugar
  3. 4tsp baking powder
  4. 1tsp salt
  5. 12tb butter, cut into 1tb pieces
  6. 1 cup milk
  7. 6 egg whites
  8. 2tsp vanilla extract
  • Whisk 1-4. Beat in butter 1tb at a time until pea-sized. Beat in half of 6-8 on med-high speed until fluffy. Beat in remaining 6-8 in med-low speed.
  • Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes for 8in or 20-25 minutes for 9in. Cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool for 2 hours.

Yellow:

  1. 8oz cake flour
  2. 10-1/2oz sugar
  3. 2tsp baking powder
  4. 3/4tsp salt
  5. 16tb butter, cut into 1tb pieces
  6. 4 eggs
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 2tsp vanilla extract
  • Whisk 1-4. Beat in butter 1tb at a time until pea-sized. Beat in half of 6-8 on med-high speed until fluffy. Beat in remaining 6-8 in med-low speed.
  • Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes for 8in or 20-25 minutes for 9in. Cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool for 2 hours.

 

Makes 5 cups

Chocolate:

  1. 7oz sugar
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 2tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1/4tsp salt
  5. 1lb butter, cut into 1tb pieces
  6. 6oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • Whisk 1-4 in a double-boiler until mixture reaches 160 degrees. Take off-heat.
  • Beat on med-high speed until cooled and light/airy, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to medium and add butter 1 piece at a time; mixture may appear curdled but will smooth out. Increase speed to high and beat until fluffy. Stir in chocolate.

Swiss chocolate:

  1. 198g sugar
  2. 5 egg whites
  3. 1/8tsp salt
  4. 28tb butter
  5. 397g bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  6. 1/2tb vanilla extract
  • Heat 1-3 in a double boiler, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 150 degrees.
  • Beat until mixture reaches med-stiff peaks and bowl cools. Beat in butter 1tb at a time. Beat in 5-6.

American vanilla:

  1. 32tb butter
  2. 4tb cream
  3. 1tb vanilla extract
  4. 1/4tsp salt
  5. 1lb powdered sugar
  • Beat 1-4. Beat in powdered sugar on med-low speed. Increase speed to med-high and beat until fluffy.
  • Note: can be used as base for other flavors (almond, coffee, citrus, etc.)

French vanilla:

  1. 7 yolks
  2. 149g sugar
  3. 208g corn syrup
  4. 1tb vanilla extract
  5. 1/8tsp salt
  6. 36tb butter, cut into 2tb pieces
  • Beat yolks until pale and thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Bring 2-3 to a boil and beat into yolks on low speed. Increase sped to med-high and beat until mixture is fluffy and bowl cools.
  • Beat in 4-5 on med-low speed. Beat in butter 1 piece at a time.

Cream cheese:

  1. 20oz cream cheese
  2. 12tb butter
  3. 2tb sour cream
  4. 2tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/4tsp salt
  6. 10oz powdered sugar
  • Beat 1-5. Beat in powdered sugar on med-low speed. Increase speed to med-high and beat until fluffy.

 

 

 

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