Then after dinner, we had homemade hybrid chocolate cake with strawberry icing. Yes you heard me right!! That's what the girl wanted for her cake. I thought it was a strange combination, but believe it or not, it tasted really good. Kind of like chocolate dipped strawberry's. The recipe I used I found on one of my favorite blogs Carries Sweet Life. The only change I made was the icing and omitted the almonds. I call this homemade hybrid, cause its part box cake for base and then you add other ingredients to make it more homemade. I am not thrilled with box cakes at all, but this one just sounded really good and seemed quick and easy to make. This cake is also very, very moist cake. Its definitely a keeper!!!
1 pkg. (8 squares) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided
1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 tub (8 oz.) frozen COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
2 Tbsp. PLANTERS Sliced Almonds
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch round baking pans. Chop 2 of the chocolate squares; set aside. Beat cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and water in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened. Beat on medium speed 2 min. Stir in chopped chocolate. Spoon into prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 35 min. or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 min. Loosen cakes from sides of pans. Invert onto racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.
Place frozen whipped topping and remaining 6 chocolate squares in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth, stirring after 1 min. Let stand 15 min. to thicken. Place one cake layer on serving plate; top with one-fourth of the chocolate mixture and second cake layer. Spread top and side with remaining chocolate mixture. Garnish with almonds. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
Ok, so the decorating is not my best. I really did not graduate from cake decorating and its amazing at how quickly you can forget how to do it. I was in a big hurry and really did not have the right icing to decorate with. She wanted her name in chocolate and that was not easy to work with. So its not the most beautiful cake, but where it lacks beauty, it made up in taste.
After cake, the girls played a few games that DD had gotten for her birthday. They had great fun, but then decided it was time to jump on the trampoline that she also got for her birthday. So that is what they are doing now. Her little friend from down the street is spending the night with her. So she is a very happy birthday girl right now. I have the feeling that this will be her favorite birthday ever. Of course she says that every year. LOL!!! Sweet girl!! Then they seattled in for Barbie time and TV. I am thinking its going to be a late night. Lucky I am a night owl!!