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Celebrate National Cake Day with Great Wolf Lodge!

National Chocolate Cake Day may come and go, but who says we can’t celebrate all year long! Baking is a great way to spend long winter days at home. It’s also a fun way to introduce togetherness in the kitchen.

Bring the celebration home with one of our favorite recipes. This year, the party features a chocolate cake with malted buttercream. Follow along the instructions below to get started.

Ingredients Needed:

Cake:

  • 4 9″ Round Cake Pans
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • 2 2/3 Cups Flour
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 2/3 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Hot Coffee
  • 1 3/4 Small Chocolate Candy

Chocolate Buttercream:

  • 4 Sticks Soft Unsalted Butter
  • 5 1/2 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2-2/3 Cup Heavy Cream

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease all four cake pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper and coat with oil. Set aside.

Step 2: Combine flour, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. This is going to be your cake batter.

Step 2: Take another mixing bowl and whisk together the oil and eggs. Add in vanilla, buttermilk, and coffee. Slowly combine all ingredients sitting together. Fill each pan with equal amounts of batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes.

Step 3: Let cakes cool for ten minutes and run a small knife around the edges of the pans. Flip the cakes over and place on cooling pans. Set aside.

Step 4: Now it’s time to start making your chocolate buttercream. Beat your eggs in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Add vanilla and 1/2 cup heavy cream. Mix until fluffy. If you are not satisfied with the consistency, you can add in a few more tablespoons of heavy cream.

Step 5: Begin piecing your cake together by placing one layer on a serving plate and covering it with a layer of frosting.

Step 6: Cut out the centers of your two middle layers. Place half the contents on the bottom layer of your cake and top with frosting. Place the other half on the top of the cake and frost. Coat the inside of the hole with a thin layer of frosting. Fill with small chocolate candies. Continue decorating as desired!


We hope you had a blast putting this recipe together! Share your winter-themed cake creations with us and we will do the same. Tag us using #GWLchocoloateCakeDay. You can also visit our blog for more things to do at home with the family!

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