February 15th, 2016
One day, I decided to make a cake.
The last time I decided to make a cake was… never. Â I am not a cake maker. In fact, it is a running joke among my husband and I. I love to cook. I am a great cook and am very comfortable in the kitchen. But Baking? Nope.
However, when my son’s first birthday happened upon us on a Wednesday and we had nothing planned to celebrate him, my mom guilt set in as I planned a party the following Saturday and decided to bake a cake… and then hopped on Pinterest for the
cutest cake to photograph for my blog most tasty cake I could find for a 1 year old.
I stumbled upon this incredible basil mascarponeÂ buttercream frosted chocolate cake recipe and thought “I can do that.” Also, it sounds insanely delicious right? Easiest decision on earth. Done.
Next, I went to the store to pick things up for the recipe, but as a true non-baker I went down the list saying out loud “Eh. I think I have that at home” and “I can probably use that weird flour to replace this” etc… Which resulted in a recipe gone… a tad awry but not necessarilyÂ bad tasting. In fact, it was quite DELICIOUS. It just had a hard time staying in one piece. But hey, don’t we all?
Without further ado, here is the CORRECT recipe (as recorded by miss Molly) with a few notes on what I used as substitutions.
1 3/4 c sugar
1 3/4 c all-purpose flour (or coconut flour if you are me)
1 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt (or regular salt if you are me)
2 large eggs
1/2 cÂ canola oil
1 c whole milkÂ (or 1/2 c whole milk and 1/2 c kefir if you are me… We had limited milk)
1 tb vanilla extract
3/4 c boiling water
10 fresh basil leaves, torn
2 sticks unsalted butter
8 oz mascarpone
3 cups organic powdered sugar
a pinch of kosher salt
You can follow along on My Name is YehÂ to get the full step by step instructions for baking the cake, and also to see how a true naked cake should look at the end of all this.
For the opposite… See below.
After I whipped up the frosting and thought “oh yum… I think I might actually succeed at this!” I started trying to flip the cakes out of their pans (even after almost waiting for them to be completely cooled!). This is when things started to go a bit awry.
I literally shoved pieces of cake together to try and simulate a nod to a spherical shape. It was a mess. However, I did squish and smush enough to where I think it looked… a little bit better than if Benjamin had made it himself. And that is saying something, right?!
Most importantly, this guy seriously loved it. So… #worthit.