Hi friends! It’s been forever!! This recipe was supposed to be posted a long time ago, but basically everything else has gotten in the way.
This cake was for one of my good friends from school! Birthdays are awesome and I mean you always need a cake, right? So I feel like I’ve been designated cake lady by every person in my life. It’s cool but also stressful because I never know what to make. Just a small taste of my indecisiveness. Either that, or I dream up some ridiculously complex cake that I never end up accomplishing, so then I settle for things like this.
This cake looks all fancy but it’s actually easy because you can cheat! You guys know how I feel about box cake mixes and canned frosting…yea I actually think they’re good. I mean, you don’t have to worry about them turning out too dry or too liquid-y or anything because they’re reliable and consistent. And so, for this cake, I used box mixes. But, if you’re feeling extra motivated, then make your own cake from scratch!
The layers are simple, I used chocolate cake. You can use any cake flavor you want! Bake up 2 thick layers, slice them in half, then use the same canned frosting you use to frost the cake on the outside as the filling. It’s a pretty fast cake to whip up.
The only tricky part is getting the ombré layers to blend. You basically take dark chocolate frosting, milk chocolate frosting, and vanilla frosting. I used a piping bag and tip to frost the cakes because it was easier to control where the frosting was going. Once you get all three layers on, you use an offset spatula and go around several times in the same direction with the spatula to blend it all together. Be sure to wipe your spatula every time you lift it off the cake in order to be sure you don’t get some white into the dark chocolate!
I decorated the top with swirls and some Ferrero Rochers. Yea, the cake was uber sweet but sometimes you just need a bite of a super overbearingly sweet piece of cake.
What you’ll need:
1 box of your favorite cake mix- I used chocolate OR you can bake your own cake (just make 4 layers)
3-4 cans of frosting- I had 1 dark chocolate, 1 milk chocolate, and 2 vanilla
optional: Ferrero Rochers for decorating!
“‘The Lord our God hath shewed us his glory.’
God’s great design in all his works is the manifestation of his own glory. Any aim less than this were unworthy of himself. But how shall the glory of God be manifested to such fallen creatures as we are? Man’s eye is not single, he has ever a side glance towards his own honour, has too high an estimate of his own powers, and so is not qualified to behold the glory of the Lord. It is clear, then, that self must stand out of the way, that there may be room for God to be exalted; and this is the reason why he bringeth his people ofttimes into straits and difficulties, that, being made conscious of their own folly and weakness, they may be fitted to behold the majesty of God when he comes forth to work their deliverance. He whose life is one even and smooth path, will see but little of the glory of the Lord, for he has few occasions of self-emptying, and hence, but little fitness for being filled with the revelation of God. They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks, know but little of the God of tempests; but they who ‘do business in great waters,’ these see his ‘wonders in the deep.’ Among the huge Atlantic-waves of bereavement, poverty, temptation, and reproach, we learn the power of Jehovah, because we feel the littleness of man. Thank God, then, if you have been led by a rough road: it is this which has given you your experience of God’s greatness and lovingkindness. Your troubles have enriched you with a wealth of knowledge to be gained by no other means: your trials have been the cleft of the rock in which Jehovah has set you, as he did his servant Moses, that you might behold his glory as it passed by. Praise God that you have not been left to the darkness and ignorance which continued prosperity might have involved, but that in the great fight of affliction, you have been capacitated for the outshinings of his glory in his wonderful dealings with you.” – Charles Spurgeon