Friday, November 9, 2012

Fall Themed Cake Challenge

Maple Leaf Chocolate Cake - ButterYum

Hi Everyone.  A couple weeks ago I was asked if I was interested in participating in a 2012 Fall Themed Cake Challenge, where a group of food bloggers would join together and post some nifty seasonal sweet treats.  How could I say no?  My entry is a fairly simple solution for those who want to make an autumnal cake, but aren't comfortable doing elaborate cake decorating techniques.  I've used a maple leaf template here, but other templates would work for other occasions.  A snowflake would be perfect for a winter buffet.  Recipes for the cake are at the bottom of this post.  Also, there's a list of the participating bloggers listed below - I hope you check them out.

Chocolate Domingo Cake with Decorative Stencil
Printable Recipe
serves 10-12
recipe adapted from The Cake Bible

1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons (42g) Dutch processed cocoa powder
2/3 (160g) cup sour cream
2 large (100g) eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons (6g) pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon (156g) sifted cake flour
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon (4g) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon (1.5g) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (3.5g) salt
14 tablespoons (200g) unsalted butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350F and line a a 9-inch springform pan with a 9-inch round of parchment paper on the bottom, then spray the parchment paper and sides of the pan with a flour/oil baking spray (hold the parchment paper in place with a dab of butter or shortening).  In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the remaining dry ingredients.  Add the butter and cocoa mixture; mix on low for 30 seconds, then increase the speed to medium and continue mixing for about 2 minutes.  Spread the batter into a smooth layer in the prepared pan.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center of the cake clean (one or two crumbs are okay).  Cool cake completely.

To decorate as shown:
Lay a template in the center of the completely cool cake.  Sprinkle an even layer of powdered sugar over the entire surface of the cake and carefully removed the template.  Pipe a buttercream border around the edges and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.

Chocolate Egg White Buttercream
Printable Recipe
makes about 2 cups (double to frost an entire 9-inch cake)
adapted from The Cake Bible

5 ounces (142g) bittersweet chocolate
1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, softened
2 large (60g) egg whites
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar

Gently melt chocolate in microwave on high, stirring every 10-15 seconds until almost completely melted.  Rely on the residual heat to finish melting the chocolate as you continue to stir; set aside to cool.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form; slowly add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.  Gradually add the room temperature butter, a tablespoon at a time, until it's fully incorporated.  Add the cooled melted chocolate and whip until fully combined.  Note:  use pasteurized egg whites if you have any concerns about using fresh egg whites.


  1. This looks delish! I love how something simple can make a cake stand out! Thank you so much for participating in the challenge.

  2. Patricia, I have been waiting for the recipe of this cake since you sent the picture to me. It looks really good and I would love to make it. Thank you for being part of this project.

  3. WOWZER!!! This looks beyond delightful. I am moving this up on my TO DO SOON list - neat!

  4. Your creation is absolutely gorgeous! I bet it tastes amazing too!!

  5. Beautiful cake! Sounds so yummy too!

  6. Thanks for sharing the recipes - looks yummy! It was fun being part of this cake project with you! Juanita

  7. I love the leaf stencil and how it creates a 3D effect. Thanks for the recipe. 8-)

    Chineka - Savor the Baking

  8. This cake sounds amazing and is so striking! Beautiful!

  9. Oh my gosh that looks like an amazing chocolate cake, that buttercream swoon!!

  10. This cake sounds delicious. I love Cake Bible. I don't use it as often as I should, it is full of great recipes.
    Beautiful cake, stencil is perfect for the Fall.

  11. The cake recipe sounds delicious and yours looks perfect for a Thanksgiving buffet with the leaf stencil! Very nice!

  12. Your cake looks sooo yummy! Thanks for the recipie!
    Nice to meet you!

  13. hello Patricia , I have made this cake and it teats real delicious and easy to make too , oh "I forgot to say that I did it" that is the Chocolate egg whites Buttercream and you are right it's really easy to do , here is the link to the cake I made ...hugs Rosa.

  14. Yum ... this cake sounds so good!

  15. That cake is beyond gorgeous...but every recipe you share is butteryumilicious!! What a beautiful mosaic of all the creations. Thanks for your visit to my blog.

  16. I have read the Buttercream directions 10x but don't see at what point to add sugar. Please advise. Buttercream and egg whites would indicate boiling it to a syrup... but I'd rather hear it from you! :)

    1. I'm so sorry about that - this recipe doesn't require the sugar to be heated. The granulated sugar is added to the egg whites while they're whipping. Thanks for bringing that error to my attention - I fixed it. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    2. hello Patricia it's Rosa just want to ask some thing , why dose this Chocolate Egg white Buttercream have no cream of tartar and the Chocolate Egg white Buttercream in Rose's Heavenly Cakes dose???

    3. I have no idea, but it must not be a critical ingredient. You can probably ask Rose directly on her blog (

  17. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest follower from Stone Gable's blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back:

  18. It is stunning and I am sure it is delicious. Give me a chocolate cake anytime and like you, I always want it to be gorgeous.

  19. Oh my goodness this cake looks delicious & it's gorgeous!

  20. This cake looks beautiful and delicious!! Thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my blog, I really appreciate it!

  21. This is such a lovely looking and sounding cake! LOVE that you used a stencil with powered sugar. I can imagine how delicious your fall chocolate cake is! YUM!


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