Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

Good morning!! A friend’s birthday was not too long ago, so we made this cake to celebrate!! Its pretty simple; I’m sure most people have a favorite vanilla cake and chocolate buttercream recipe that they like to use, but this one turned out pretty well so I thought I’d share it with y’all!

Simple Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

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Ingredients:

For the cake:

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons oil

1/2 cup milk

1 1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

For the buttercream:

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup shortening

1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons milk or heavy cream

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease an 8-inch round cake pan. Set aside.

2. For the cake, whisk together the eggs and sugar for about 1 minute, until thickened. Stir in the vanilla, oil and milk. Stir in the flour and baking powder, mixing until just combined. Pour into prepared pan, bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden and the cake tests done in the middle.

3. For the icing, place butter and shortening in a medium sized bowl, beat on medium speed until creamy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until it is all incorporated, and then beat in the cocoa powder. Pour in vanilla and milk, beat until everything comes together. Once cake is completely cool, frost with the buttercream.

This cake came out really well!! The cake itself is really simple, but definitely has a nice texture and vanilla flavor! The icing is pretty chocolatey, but if you prefer a richer flavor, you can definitely add up to 1/4 cup more cocoa powder.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!!

Genn

Homemade Apple Cider

Good morning!! Hope everyone’s week went well and that you all have had some time to relax this weekend!! It has been pretty rainy and cloudy around here…perfect for staying in and catching up on some work!! Since it was a bit chilly, yesterday I decided to make some apple cider! Now, this recipe does take quite some time, but it is definitely worth it! It made our entire apartment smell wonderful!

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Homemade Apple Cider

Ingredients

8 apples
8 cups water
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 pieces of orange peel

Directions

Wash and quarter apples. Peel if desired, although this is not necessary. Place apples, with all of the other ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil and let cook, uncovered for 30 minutes. Cover the pot, reduce heat, and let simmer for about 1 hour 30 minutes.
With a potato masher, turn the apples into apple sauce and pour mixture through a mesh strainer to separate the juice from the applesauce. If desired, you can remove the pieces of orange peel and apple peel from the applesauce and keep that as well!!
The cider can be served as is, or with a drizzle of caramel and some whipped cream!

There ya go, a lovely apple cider recipe! My favorite thing about this recipe is that you can control exactly what goes in it! I found the 1/3 cup sugar to be perfect in this case, but you could definitely add less or more depending on your personal taste as well as the apples that you have. You could also change the amount of cinnamon, add more spices, more orange peel, and basically just make this recipe your own!!

If anyone does try this out and come up with a cool variation of this recipe, please let me know!!

Have a great day!