Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting

When we went to bed last night we were so excited because it had started snowing! I was fully expecting to wake up this morning to at least an inch on the ground and we had planned to let Grace go outside to play in it. Much to all of our disappointment it must have stopped shortly after we went to bed. There was some ice on the cars and on our deck, but certainly not the covering we were hoping for.

Since she was so disappointed about the snow I wanted to come up with another fun activity for her to do this afternoon to make up for it. So we decided to bake a cake. I have started to let her help me out in the kitchen some and she really enjoys it for all of about 10 minutes. She is only two and a half, after all!! Since I knew that we had to be efficient with our time, I went for a boxed cake mix in her favorite flavor – chocolate! We used a super cute owl baking pan similar to this one.

While she was taking her nap whipped up a batch of my quick and easy buttercream frosting for her to use for decoration (see the recipe below). She decorated it all by herself with melted chocolate flavored colored candies and the buttercream.

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Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

8 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk or other flavoring. (Today I used about 1/2 tsp almond extract and the rest milk, but you can use lemon juice or any other flavor, just so that the total amount of liquid is about 2-3 Tbsp depending on your desired consistency.)
Food Coloring, optional

Preparation:

Whip the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the powdered sugar until combined. The mixture will be very dry. Mix in milk or flavoring 1 Tbsp at a time until you have reached your desired consistency. Stir in food coloring, if desired.