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Happy Easter Cake

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This is one of my favorite cakes ever. Nothing fancy, yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I don’t know what it is about the combination but I love it. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate cake with white frosting are both divine. This cake recipe is one my Mother developed for me when I was just a little girl. I have made a couple of very minor changes but really it is exactly as my Mom wrote it. I remember this cake in several variations growing up, my favorite and most requested was Boston Cream Pie. Β The cake does not contain butter but vegetable oil and the eggs are separated and the whites beat until billowy and folded into the batter. The resululting cake is moist and flavorful and very very light. Because I was not using a fruit filling for this cake I gave it a little bit of soaking syrup before frosting, I made a tangerine simple syrup and dabbed it on each layer.

The frosting is a variation of a recipe for Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting by Chef Amy@Come Cook With Me a I hope everyone is having a great day, spending time with friends and family a very Happy Easter to all from Percy and me!!

Tender Yellow Cake

Makes 2 9 inch layers, 24 cupcakes or 3 8 inch layers

3 large eggs separated and at room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar divided
2 1/4 cups cake flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup + 1 tbs vegetable oil (I use canola)
1 cup whole milk (1 or 2% work also)
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Line your pans with a parchment round, butter the bottom of the pan, lay the parchment then butter again on bottom and sides and then flour the pans.

Beat egg whites until frothy then add 1/2 cup of the sugar (reserving the rest) a tablespoon at a time until egg whites are stiff and glossy

Sift flour, remaining 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt into large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer. If using a stand mixer use the paddle attachment.I actually prefer to use my hand held mixer for this recipe. Add the oil, the milk, the egg yolk and the vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed, mixture will be quite thick. Fold in the beaten egg whites.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans dividing evenly, bake for 30-35 minutes. Cake will be golden brown. Be careful not to overbake start checking the cake at 30 minutes. Cake tester will come out clean.

Note: I made 3 8 inch layers baking time is approximately 25 minutes.

Let cool in pans for 10 minutes then turn out onto cooling rack remove parchment and cool completely before frosting.

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Chocolate Buttercream

8 oz cream cheese softened at room temperature

8 oz mascarpone softened to room temperature

8 oz unsalted butter softened to room temperature

6 oz dark chocolate melted

3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder

3 -3 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream butter, mascarpone and cream cheese until light and fluffy, add the confectioners sugar a cup at a time beating betweeen each addition. Add the melted chocolate and cocoa powder and vanilla and whip until completely incorporated. Frost the cake immediately.

Happy Easter from Percy and me!

Happy Easter from Percy and me!

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  1. Gorgeous cake, Suzanne! Happy Easter to you and Percy. Has he forgiven you yet for the ears? πŸ˜€

    March 27, 2016
    • Happy Easter Kathryn, nope he shuns me and runs if he see’s those ears. LOL. Happy Easter to you and your family, hope you are having a great day. Thank you so much.

      March 27, 2016
  2. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting is a classic! Yours is beautiful and I hope Percy, the Easter Pug, gets a little bit for a treat. Happy Easter, Suzanne!

    March 27, 2016
    • I got him these bakery dog treats and it didn’t agree with him. He got some chicken jerky in his Easter basket that he loves!! Happy Easter to you and your family ❀️

      March 27, 2016
  3. The cake looks beautiful and yummy ! Percy looks very cute πŸ™‚ Happy Easter to you too Suzanne πŸ™‚

    March 27, 2016
  4. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting is my favorite too. Yours is beautiful and so is the setting. Happy Easter to you and your adorable Percy!

    March 27, 2016
  5. Aw…my heart just melts at that pug and those bunny ears….so precious and special Suzanne you are a gem! As for this cake oh my so, so, so, yumified my dear friend. I’d love a slice with a cuppa java right now with you both! Happy Easter-the house is nuts with people everywhere-LOL Family and friends…we are full ready to bust out the seams. Cheryl xo

    March 27, 2016
    • Happy Easter my dear friend and thank you so much. We we could have a cup of coffee and a slice of cake together!β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’πŸ’

      March 27, 2016
  6. Wishing you and Percy a very Happy Easter!

    March 27, 2016
  7. Lovely presentation Suzanne! I am with you…I love yellow cake and chocolate frosting. Your cake looks delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful Easter πŸ™‚

    March 27, 2016
    • Thank you Antonia Happy Easter to you also and hope your day is wonderful.

      March 27, 2016
      • Thank you πŸ˜€

        March 27, 2016
  8. OMG that looks soon good – and it’s pretty. Percy looks very handsome indeed with his special Easter ears – what a good sport he is – there’s no way Java or Hugo would agree to that. You always end up with beautiful-looking cakes and well-trained dogs and I ended up today with a totally collapsed cake and maniac dogs… Happy Easter to you and Percy from me, Hugo and Java.

    March 27, 2016
    • Happy Easter, I guess Percy is the best dog ever. Thank you so much for the kindness. You have dogs/animals with great personality and character and everything I have seen food wise looks spectacular. Have a wonderful day.

      March 27, 2016
  9. Happy Easter, dear Suzanne. Your cake is beautiful (I love the tender yellow cake with your incredible chocolate caramel ganache frosting), and I love that pitcher of tulips. Percy is darling in his ears, though he looks as mournful as he used to when I put a Christmas collar on him. πŸ™‚
    Buona Pasqua, and thank you for your friendship!

    March 27, 2016
    • Buona Pasqua Em, thank you. Percy kept shaking the ears off so it was hard to get a photo. I was determined to get him with the ears on LOL, he was quite upset about it but think he is finally getting over it now. Loving the photo’s from Rome, one of my favorite places in the world. Have a great day

      March 27, 2016
  10. Fabulous looking cake Suzanne, Happy Easter to you πŸ™‚

    March 27, 2016
  11. Happy Easter!!! This cake looks so delicious, I want a piece of this! Bet this is so lovely with a cuppa tea. Yummy Percy looks too cute with his rabbit ears.

    March 27, 2016
    • Thank you so much, the cake is really good. It’s the recipe I make over and over and it is always good. Hope you have a lovely day!!

      March 27, 2016
  12. Oh Suzanne, I do hope you’ve had a wonderful Easter. Holiday blessings to you and Percy. The photo of the finished cake is such a beautiful composition and the cake is lovely. Not to mention the fact that it looks delicious. And to crown it all with that adorable picture of Percy. What a happy, lovely post. Thank you for sharing it. Mega hugs my friend!

    March 27, 2016
    • Thank you so much Teagan, I hope you are having a good day. Percy and I are spending a quiet day at home, the cake took up most of my morning and early afternoon and I am done with cooking for today. Have a wonderful day my friend, humongous hugs back xoxo

      March 27, 2016
  13. Lovely cake πŸ™‚ happy Easter Suzzane

    March 27, 2016
  14. Gorgeous! Happy holidays!🐣

    March 27, 2016
  15. Your cake looks delicious Suzanne. I hope you had a Happy Easter πŸ™‚

    March 27, 2016
  16. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!! I would kill for a slice of this right now!

    March 28, 2016
  17. What a good looking cake. I think everybody would have liked it here in Germany. Percy looks so cute. Hugs

    March 28, 2016
    • Thank you Gerlinde, can’t wait for some posts with photos from your trip.

      March 28, 2016
  18. Poor Percy! I hope he got some cake for suffering that humiliation??!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜

    March 28, 2016
    • LOL, he got a treat in his Easter basket but was quite humiliated. I think today he has forgiven me. Thanks Elaine.

      March 28, 2016
  19. Happpyyyy Easter! Such a gorgeous cake! I have a lunch break now and I really want to have this amazing cake for dessert! So lovely ☺

    March 28, 2016
  20. Happy Easter Suzanne and Percy! This cake looks wonderful! I’m very curious about the tangerine syrup…. it sounds incredible!!!

    March 28, 2016
    • I just made a simple syrup with sugar and water and added the zest of a tangerine. I dabbed it with a pastry brush on the cake before frosting it. Keeps the cake very moist and because I used tangerine in the syrup there was an ever so sublte flavor of orange it was delicious. Thank you so much.

      March 28, 2016
  21. Gorgeous cake and adorable Percy! πŸ˜‰ Happy belated Easter to you! πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2016
  22. Gorgeous cake Suzanne. .. love the frosting. ..looks so chocolatey. … and cuteeee Percy. … HAPPY EASTER to you and Percy….

    March 28, 2016
  23. This cook looks incredible! I can see why it was a favorite to eat and the memories it has. I must say Percy looked very dapper in his Easter attire. πŸ™‚ Hope you had a wonderful Easter too Suzanne!

    March 28, 2016
  24. Hope you had a wonderful Easter Suzanne! Percy looks quite adorable πŸ™‚ I love how beautiful your chocolate frosting looks! The swirls look quite professional!

    March 28, 2016
  25. Gorgeous cake! Looks fantastic. Hope you had a great Easter.

    March 28, 2016
    • Thank you so much Michelle. It was nice, very quiet. Hope you had a great day.

      March 28, 2016
  26. Delicious… I bet it was thoroughly enjoyed! Hope you had a Happy Easter.

    March 28, 2016
  27. Splendid, Suzanne – every photograph – you are an artist – Happy Easter and thank you so much πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2016
  28. Well my goodness!!! Thank you SO MUCH Suzanne!!! I just saw this just now, thank you for featuring my frosting so appreciative!! Your cake looks so Delicious I wish I had a piece right now!! LOL!! I love using Mascarpone too, I wish we lived closer!! Cheers and I hope your enjoyed your Easter, Percy looks so cute with his Bunny ears on!! πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2016
    • You are welcome, even though I changed it a little it was an outstanding chocolate frosting, so light and delicios, Thank you for a great recipe. Percy is a doll.

      March 28, 2016
  29. Happy Easter Suzanne and Percy. So lovely to see Percy in the spirit of Easter πŸ™‚
    Suzanne I love this cake and have put in on my list to bake. I don’t know what it is, but I have found that cakes made with oil, just as so moist. I really am looking forward to making your cake. Enjoy the rest of your week. πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2016
    • I love cakes made with oil, just as you said they are so moist. This cake was especialy moist since I dabbed a bit of soaking syrup on each layer before frosting it. Thank you so much Lynne,

      March 28, 2016
  30. A day late Happy Easter to you and Percy! Lovely cake, I can see why it is your favorite. πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2016
    • Thank you dear Fae, the cake has always been a favoite, very simple but delicious,

      March 28, 2016
  31. Beautiful cake Suzanne, and oh gosh poor Percy, I hope he got some extra treats after those bunny ears πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2016
    • Lol, Percy was a little miffed at me for forcing him to wear those bunny ears but yep he got treats and it was all good. Thank you so much Loretta.

      March 28, 2016
  32. I miss having a pet (my lab) to dress up for the holidays – Percy brought me a smile πŸ™‚ Gene’s favorite cake was chocolate icing with yellow cake – a favorite in my kitchen πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2016
  33. Thanks Judi, yes isn’t it fun to play dress up with our sweet pets. I am sorry you miss your Lab. I know how that is. Love a yellow cake with chocolate frosting too.

    March 28, 2016
  34. Susan #

    Beautiful cake and cute, cute Percy😘

    March 28, 2016
  35. Love the tangerine simple syrup over the layers!! Looks so moist and luscious! Did you have friends/family in? Go to someone’s house with that cake?? And Bunny-Percy at the end made me laugh!! perfect.

    March 28, 2016
    • Thanks Rhonda hope you had a lovely Easter. I didn’t go anywhere I have had a bad cold and decided to sit this holiday out. Didn’t cook other than the cake which I shared with friends.

      March 28, 2016
      • Hope you’re feeling better Suzanne– are you still with freezy weather there?? Take care. xo

        March 28, 2016
      • It is chilly and windy and rainy and we are expecting g a polar vortex with really cold temps , ughπŸ˜„

        March 28, 2016
      • Bundle up!!!

        March 28, 2016
      • β˜ƒπŸŒ§πŸ’¨

        March 28, 2016
  36. Such a beautiful cake πŸ™‚ And Percy is super cute with bunny ears πŸ˜€

    March 29, 2016
  37. The cake, the stand, the bunny eared Percy! What’s not to love!

    March 29, 2016
  38. Yum! That’s an I-want-a-slice-right-now cake. I hope you had a lovely Easter and that Percy did too. I really like the cake stand and the jug especially the colour – they look so good against the lace tablecloth and the wood panelling.

    March 29, 2016
  39. That cake looks so rich and fluffy! And Percy is so sweet!

    March 29, 2016
  40. This cake is so beautiful. I love the tangerine syrup and the frosting sounds dreamy Suzanne! All the way around an amazing cake!

    March 30, 2016
  41. I am going to try this recipe the next time I do Boston Cream Pie! Both the cake and frosting look gorgeous and I love the idea of the tangerine syrup, Suzanne. πŸ™‚

    March 30, 2016
    • Thank you Mollie. I love this cake recipe, when I use a buttercream frosting I always dab on a bit of soaking syrup the cake stays very moist. It makes an amazing Boston Cream.

      March 30, 2016
      • I’m a sucker for Boston Creme!

        March 30, 2016
      • Me too that’s why my Mom developed this recipe. I like it better than using a sponge cake. It’s lighter and has such a nice texture.

        March 30, 2016
      • πŸ™‚

        March 30, 2016
  42. Your cake looks delicious, but the Percy picture takes the cake! Pun intended! Teehee!

    March 30, 2016
  43. What a wonderful cake, Suzanne! And the presentation is so pretty! Hope you and your family had a lovely Easter. Something tells me that that adorable pug certainly did! 😜

    April 1, 2016
    • Thank you so much Francesca. We had a very nice Easter and I hope and the family did as well. Your instinct would be correct, Mr. Percy had a very nice day.

      April 1, 2016
  44. I love this classic cake! So glad you shared the recipe!

    April 1, 2016
  45. Beautiful cake! Love yellow cake with chocolate frosting, I hope your Easter was spectacular.

    April 1, 2016

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