Real Life Wednesday - Chandler's Birthday Cake

Happy Wednesday friends!

Today I thought I'd share the recipe I used to make Chandler's 2nd Birthday Cake.

I'll preface this with - I am not a baker.

At all.

 I enjoy cooking, but baking is a precise art and I'm not really a precise gal. ;)  So when I used this recipe, and it turned out well - I thought I'd share it with you too in case it works well for you.

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes, or one 9x13 (Pyrex pan size) cake.  I actually doubled both the cake & frosting recipe, and made one of each; cupcakes to enjoy on Saturday and take to daycare on Monday, and a cake to eat on Sunday, Chandler's actual birthday, as a family.  The frosting recipe made more than I needed - even with all of the piping, but I'm a SUCKER for frosting on a spoon, so the extra left over wasn't wasted.  :)

Chandler's Chocolate Cake:
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powdered (unsweetened)
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 vegetable or canola oil
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup boiling water
(I just microwaved mine for about 5 min and it was fine - no need to put a pan on the stove!)

Baking instructions:
Preheat oven to 350*.  Mix all dry ingredients, then add in all of the wet ingredients except the water.  Once those are well mixed, on low speed mix in the water.  The cake batter will be thin in consistency.
I sprayed my Pyrex with Pam, and used liners for the cupcakes and then poured in the mix.
I baked my Pyrex pan of cake for 24 min and my cupcakes for 20 min (in the oven at the same time and it worked fine!).  The top will look a little wet (this is a moist cake), and the cake will jiggle a little but the edges and most of the middle should be set. It will continue cooking when you pull from the oven.

Let cool completely, then frost!

Chandler's Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Whipping instructions
Warning - this is ADDICTIVE!  :)
Cream the butter & cocoa powder together, then add in powdered sugar one cup at a time, along with a Tbs of milk.  If your butter is softened, a stand mixer should accomplish this in less than 5 minutes easily.  You might not use all of the milk - just adjust the sugar or milk as needed.  It's hard to screw this up.  :)  I whipped mine for about 60 seconds once all ingredients were incorporated, to make the frosting light & fluffy.

Above adapted from this recipe here.

To decorate, I bent a spatula I had to make it offset :) and iced the top of the cake with frosting.  Then I used a set of mini tractors I purchased at Walmart, mini M&M's, Peanut Butter M&M's and unwrapped mini Reese's PB cups, found in the small bags, to decorate with.  I used the same piping tip (a small star) from my basic Wilton set I bought ages ago at Walmart in their baking aisle to write Chandler's name, and then pipe the icing onto the cupcakes.

The cake & frosting were delicious, Chandler loved the tractors and M&M's, so it was a win win for everyone!

Hope you enjoy!


  1. Wow!! I didn't know anyone w Clancy blood glcould anything other than from a box! I am way impressed!!


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