When my sweet middle child turned seven, he was unwavering in his one birthday request.
It wasn’t a new toy. He’s the type of precious kid who isn’t into fancy new gadgets. He would much rather hold fast to his tattered old favorites than acquire any new replacements. Wish lists aren’t a big thing for him.
My boy did, however, request a “vanilla cake.”
Vanilla, he said. Because we often devour chocolate cakes such as this One Bowl Chocolate Cake. And we just had this yummy DQ-like Ice Cream Cake and everyone always requests ice-cream cake. So, regular vanilla cake needs to have a turn.
Ok, so I’m not sure if this is officially a “regular vanilla cake,” but it is a superb yellow cake that contains the wonderful aroma of pure vanilla in it.
Yeah, my lil’ guy fully approved. In fact, everyone became immediate fans of this yellow cake, and it has certainly earned a coveted spot in our birthday cake rotation.
This tender yellow cake is magnificently rich, soft, and moist. I am especially fond of the simple ingredients and the ease of preparation. This fluffy, moist cake comes together quickly and is pretty much fail-proof.
Yellow cake just begs for a chocolate frosting, and I had to oblige. I wanted an alternative to a heavier buttercream. I was also looking outside of super-sweet ganache for this particular yellow cake.
Not that I don’t adore ganache, but this yellow cake is so light and tender, a light and fluffy frosting would be its perfect match.
The quintessential covering for this tender yellow cake is a chocolate whipped cream frosting.
I routinely use Stabilized Whipped Cream to frost my desserts and cakes, as it does not weigh down the dessert and it boasts such a delicate yet scrumptious flavor.
I took my go-to stabilized whipped cream recipe into overdrive by adding a generous amount of real cocoa powder to it. The resulting chocolate whipped cream frosting is phenomenal. It’s like a fluffy, light chocolate-milk flavored frosting.
Seriously, this frosting is a dessert all on its own.
I totally did keep a separate little bowl of this chocolate whipped cream frosting in the back of the fridge.
Just for Mommy.
Make this, and you’ll know exactly what I mean.
Source: Chew Out Loud (cake portion adapted from Cooks Illustrated Cookbook)