Petra turned one last week and we had a perfect, small celebration with family. I was beyond excited to make her birthday special, including baking this seriously delicious chocolate cake with vanilla bean buttercream frosting (and hot pink sprinkles!). I think I will be making this cake for every celebration I host from now on. It is moist, rich, and SUPER easy to make. We devoured it so quickly that the only picture I snapped was from the next day when there was only one slice left.
The Best Chocolate Birthday Cake
Yield: one whole cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour
Total Time: about 2 hours
1 pkg. devil's food cake mix
3 oz. pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of sea salt
2 cups semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray cake pan(s) with non-stick cooking spray.
Beat together all ingredients until smooth batter forms, reserving the chocolate chips if using.
Mix in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
Pour batter into cake pan(s) and bake according to the time directions given on the cake mix box (30 minutes for a traditional round cake).
Let cool completely before slicing each layer in half and frosting with Vanilla Bean Buttercream frosting.
*I'd also like to try this with this Best Ever Chocolate Frosting recipe sometime.