Chocolate Vanilla Birthday Cake

Chocolate Vanilla Birthday Cake

If you have been a reader for a while you have learned that for each person’s birthday in our family they get to pick their birthday dinner and their birthday cake. This is the one day that I can’t put any input or change ingredients that I think would work better. For my 13-year-old son’s birthday last week he created this cake combination. While I was a little skeptical, my family agreed that this chocolate vanilla birthday cake was a winner. So if you find yourself in a situation where you can’t choose between chocolate or vanilla cake, make  this amazing chocolate vanilla birthday cake recipe. Hey, it’s your birthday, you are allowed to splurge a little bit. 

Cant choose between chocolate or vanilla cake, we have the answer with this amazing chocolate vanilla birthday cake recipeThis is the one time that I definitely do not skimp out and start with a box cake mix. Trust me there are plenty of other recipes that I do, but the on their birthday, my family gets the real deal. It is a little extra work but worth it in the end.

Cant choose between chocolate or vanilla cake, we have the answer with this amazing chocolate vanilla birthday cake recipe

I made a single recipe for a vanilla and a chocolate cake. Pretty straight forward. I found the vanilla cake to be denser than the chocolate cake but it was a great combination when put together.

Cant choose between chocolate or vanilla cake, we have the answer with this amazing chocolate vanilla birthday cake recipe

My son suggested we put hot fudge filling in the middle along with cream cheese frosting.  I just could not do it, so I made a simple ganache. It is simple and easy so why not make the real thing. I cut each cake in half horizontally and added ganache to one side. 

Cant choose between chocolate or vanilla cake, we have the answer with this amazing chocolate vanilla birthday cake recipe

After I put it together, I realized I should have alternated each flavor but who cares it all tastes the same. Next time I will make it vanilla, chocolate, vanilla chocolate. For this cake,  I definitely suggest making a crumb coat with the cream cheese frosting. Then allow it to sit in the fridge to harden slightly. I also used a few skewers to keep the cake together in the fridge. 

Cant choose between chocolate or vanilla cake, we have the answer with this amazing chocolate vanilla birthday cake recipe

Chocolate Vanilla Birthday Cake

Apply your final frosting coat to the cake and I added some chocolate jimmies for fun. Cover and store in the fridge to be sure the frosting hardens well and the cake does not slide. 

Cant choose between chocolate or vanilla cake, we have the answer with this amazing chocolate vanilla birthday cake recipe

Ok,  it is time to cut into the cake. You can not really see the ganache layer but it is in there.

Cant choose between chocolate or vanilla cake, we have the answer with this amazing chocolate vanilla birthday cake recipe

Who wants a slice of this yumminess? Any takers? It may not be a perfectly straight and even cake, but it was made with love and that is what counts!

Cant choose between chocolate or vanilla cake, we have the answer with this amazing chocolate vanilla birthday cake recipe

Now you don’t have to decide if you want chocolate or vanilla cake, indulge in this chocolate vanilla birthday cake, any time of year. 

Can't choose between chocolate or vanilla cake, we have the answer with this amazing chocolate vanilla birthday cake recipe

 

Chocolate Vanilla Birthday Cake Recipe

Chocolate Vanilla Birthday Cake

Chocolate Vanilla Birthday Cake

Yield: 10 - 12 Slices
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

When you can't decide between vanilla and chocolate cake we have the answer

Ingredients

  • VANILLA CAKE
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • CHOCOLATE CAKE
  • 1 1/3 cups ( sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa such as Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs room temp
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup water
  • FILLING
  • 6 ounces 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces cream we used half and half
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar- sifted
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 9" x 2" round cake pans: one for the vanilla cake, one for the chocolate. If desired, line with parchment, and grease the parchment; this will ensure the cakes turn out intact.
  2. 1) To make the vanilla cake: Whisk together the yogurt or sour cream, eggs, sugar, salt, baking powder, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
  3. 2) Stir in the flour, mixing till smooth.
  4. 3) Pour the batter into one of the prepared pans.
  5. 4) Bake the cake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the cake is beginning to brown on top. I
  6. 5) Remove the cake from the oven, and after 10 minutes turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool.
  7. 6) To make the chocolate cake: Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  8. 7) Add the eggs, oil, and vanilla, beating until smooth.
  9. 8) Gradually add the water, beating until smooth.
  10. 9) Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  11. 10) Bake the cake for about 35 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. 11) Remove the cake from the oven, and after 10 minutes turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool.
  13. 12) Divide the cooled cakes in half horizontally, to make four round layers. Place one vanilla layer on a serving plate.
  14. 13) To make the filling: Combine the chocolate and cream in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat until the cream is very hot, and the chocolate very soft.
  15. 14) Stir to melt the chocolate completely, reheating very briefly if necessary.
  16. 15) Spread 1/3 of the filling on the cake, spreading to within about ½" of the edge. Add 3/4 cup of cream a cream cheese layer
  17. 16) Top with a chocolate layer. Spread with 1/3 of the filling and 3/4 cup of the cream cheese frosting
  18. 17) Top with the second vanilla layer. Add the rest of the chocolate filling and cream cheese frosting
  19. 18) Top with the second chocolate layer.
  20. 19) Anchor the layers together with bamboo skewers, so they remain perfectly centered as the filling cools. Apply a crumb coat of the cream cheese frosting. It’s best to let the filling set for an hour before finishing frosting the cake
  21. For Cream cheese frosting Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.
  22. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
  23. Cover cake and place in fridge until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 896 Saturated Fat 37g Cholesterol 188mg Sodium 619mg Carbohydrates 87g Fiber 2g Sugar 48g Protein 11g
All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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5 Comments

  1. We do something similar here too, the kids get to pick what they want and I either back it if it’s something from scratch that I can make or we order it. I think he nailed it on the head with this one…I would love a slice!

  2. I love that your son came up with the idea for this cake! It sounds so delicious. I absolutely love ganache, and cream cheese frosting too!

  3. Chocolate and vanilla is the best combo for a cake. Great recipe.

  4. The next time we have a birthday in our house, I am making this! The icing looks perfect.

  5. well this is perfect for the person who can’t decide 🙂 Your son choose well, definitely consult him on future recipes

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