chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream

we* made a stop motion video about the most important time of day: cake o'clock!! 

i partnered with android to demonstrate a quick easy way of decorating a string-light-inspired holiday cake (with marzipan, of course, duhhh) for their #magicminute project. because even if you're running late for cake o'clock, you still deserve festive tasty decorations. enjoy this stop motion (turn the sound on!), bop your head along, and stick around for the bloopers at the end!! below is the cake and frosting recipe that i used for it. it's my basic go-to rich chocolate cake and fluffy vanilla buttercream.  

*video credits:

indoor photography -- eggboy and me

outdoor photography -- chantell and brett

eggboy -- as himself

macaroni -- as themselves

sven and ole cat -- as their extra mischievous selves

ole handler -- eggboy

chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream

makes one 2-layer 8-inch cake


for the cake:

1 3/4 c sugar

1 3/4 c flour

1 c unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

2 large eggs

1 c buttermilk

1 tb vanilla extract

1/2 c flavorless oil

3/4 c boiling water

for the frosting:

1 1/2 c unsalted butter

2 c powdered sugar

1/8 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tb whole milk


for the cake:

preheat the oven to 350ºf. grease and line the bottoms of two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper.

in a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and oil. add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. whisk in the boiling water.

pour the batter into the cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. begin checking for doneness at 28 minutes. let cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool completely.

for the frosting: 

use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk. 

level the cakes and frost as desired. enjoy!


thank you android for sponsoring this video!