This cake was made for a birthday so technically it is a birthday cake, but seeing as it was also Halloween weekend and the San Francisco Giants are playing, we could also say it is a "Happy Birthday Halloween Go Giants" cake. The colors are right, the timing is right, it's just right.
I had fun with this one because I got to use a new mold to create a design inside the cake (which I hadn't done before) and I obviously have a peanut butter weakness because I loaded it with Reese's Pieces both inside and out, in between the layers and on top. Too much? Uh, no.
Preheat oven to 325
- 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate
- 4 cups sifted cake flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
- 2 cups of sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 tbs vanilla
- 1 1/3 cup milk
- Reeses's Pieces!!!!
- In a small bowl combine the sifted flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Then add the vanilla.
- Add the milk and flour to the butter mixture, alternating between the two until the batter is smooth.
- Beat at medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
- I then divided the batter in half, added Orange and Black food coloring to each batch respectively. And baked them for 25 minutes.
The results were sweet and festive. I really liked this cake because it came out light and fluffy like a lot of those packaged cake mixes, but so much better and not too sweet like a lot of packaged stuff is. Not that I don't eat the cake from a box mix, but nothing beats homemade!
If the Giants win, I suggest you make one! Or you can always wait until next Halloween :)
P.S. Special little surprise guest: Mini Halloween Swirl cupcake!!