Guess what!? It’s Jack’s birthday week. He turns two on Wednesday, and in honor of my perfect, sweet little boy, I will be posting birthday themed posts throughout the week!
I still stand by my statement that this is the world’s best chocolate cake recipe. Because, well, it is. And it’s perfect for birthdays (though, not Jack’s. Too much milk in it for him!)
And this recipe is also the world’s best chocolate cake recipe…because it’s the same one. However, I changed up the frosting, and added some delicious raspberry to it, so, I thought I’d share these fun and very indulgent modifications with all of you. And this has also been modified to be used as a layer cake, rather than in a 9×13 pan.
Oh, and I figured out the secret to making this cake perfect. Even though it always tasted delicious when I made it in Colorado, it always sunk a little in the middle. However, it turned out perfectly here in Utah, which is where my great-grandmother perfected it. So, basically, you have to live in Utah for this recipe to be perfect. Sorry for all of you non-Utah living people 😉
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I’m actually not a huge fan of cream cheese frosting (I know, crazy me), which is what I typically have been making the chocolate cake with. However, when Forrest’s sister requested a chocolate cake for her birthday, I decided to come up with a chocolate frosting recipe…and you guys, I am going to be using this frosting from now on. It is SO good.
I seriously just wanted to eat it by the spoonfuls (I didn’t though, rest assured.) Combined with the yummy raspberry filling that I put with the cake, and the obviously delicious cake, it was almost too much to handle. Almost being the key word.
This cake is very light and moist when you take it out of the pan, so handle with care. I was going to cut each layer in half, so I could add more raspberry filling, but I was really worried it was going to break the cake…so be aware of that if you are more daring than me!
Cocktails & Other Beverages:
- The Hurricane Cocktail Recipe from An Appealing Plan
- The French 75 from Kimchi MOM
- Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie from Peanut Butter and Peppers
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- Shrimp in Mustard Sauce from Noshing With The Nolands
- Mini Sweet Potato Pies from MealDiva
- Cajun Crab Beignets from Delaware Girl Eats
- Pancetta and Mushroom Arancini from Ruffles & Truffles
- Creole Shrimp Po Boy Recipe from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
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- Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya from Yours And Mind Are Ours
- Vegan Pizza Waffles from Killer Bunnies, Inc.
- Red Beans and Rice from Cookin’ Mimi
- Baked Catfish Po’Boy from Curious Cuisiniere
- Muffaletta from Casa de Crews
- Bayou Seafood and Andouille Jambalaya from The Weekend Gourmet
- Seafood Gumbo from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Cajun Rice and Beans from Momma’s Meals
- Creole Celery Root Bisque (with Lobster) from The Wimpy Vegetarian
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- Banana Bread Pudding from Gotta Get Baked
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- Polish Paczki from Cravings of a Lunatic
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