Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or 1/2 pound), softened (but not melted!)
- 3 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
- Cream butter for a few minutes in a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Turn off the mixer. Sift 3 cups powdered sugar and cocoa into the mixing bowl. Turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the dry ingredients do not blow everywhere) until the sugar and cocoa are absorbed by the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add a little more sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
Recipe by Savory Sweet Life - Easy Recipes from an Everyday Home Cook at http://savorysweetlife.com/2011/04/chocolate-buttercream-frosting/
Using the above recipes my process went a little something like this:
1. Prep cake and bake first two layers in 2 square pans.
2. Prep frosting while first layers bake.
3. Remove cake from oven, wait 10 mins, release onto cooling racks.
4. Bake the second two layers.
5. More frosting...weeee!!! The mixer is only so big...not large enough for 4 batches of frosting!
6. Remove cake from oven, wait 10 mins, release onto cooling racks.
7. Cut portion off of first two layers to make Superman shape.
8. Place full sized square cake on wax paper covered cardboard, then frost, second full square, frost. Here I inserted a few straws into the cake and cut them at the top of the frosting to keep the layers together as I stacked.
9. Place cut layer on top of stack, frost, next layer, frost...then frost the whole thing!...Like I said...there is always lots of frosting on my birthday cakes!
10. Start decorating! I printed an image of the Superman logo and set it next to the cake and then applied Sixlets candies (I bought mine at Party City) to the top of the cake to achieve the logo first.
11. Then I would go around the four sides and follow a pattern of sixlets around and around so it looked like they were angled stripes...I think it turned out super cute!
12. With the remainder cake (cut from the square layer to make Superman Logo), I attempted to make Cake Balls. I mixed the cake with frosting and then dropped spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and put it in the freezer for a few minutes. Then I removed the sheet, rolled the spoonfuls into a ball shape and dipped them in Candy Coating and applied cute deco to jazz it up!
I was so happy that this cake came together and it was a big hit at the party! I am always holding my breath the whole way driving to the party when have a cake like this on my lap. I kept telling myself..."it's ok...if he hits a pot hole we can just go to Publix...it will all be fine..." Haha...luckily we didn't have to make any stops on our way there!