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I got a cat a few weeks ago. He’s the cutest, cuddliest, and most vocal kitten I’ve ever met and I don’t know what I’d do without him. His name is pancake! To welcome him to his new home, all the way from Dallas! I wanted to make a special cake with cute little cats all over it. It’s a basic neapolitan cake. Vanilla cake. Chocolate ganache. Strawberry buttercream. Nuff said.
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Above are some products that I personally use and recommend for this recipe and to have for everyday use. Whenever I make a cake I will always use 6-inch cake pans. Growing up my mom didn’t like having huge cakes in the fridge because no one would really eat it besides myself. That’s when I came into the habit of making a smaller size layer cake instead which serves 8-10 people.
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 3 sticks unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tbsp heavy cream
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and line three 6-inch cake pans. in a large bowl combine the eggs, oil, yogurt, vanilla, and buttermilk. in a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until fully incorporated. divide the batter evenly among the cake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. let cool and then remove from the pans.
- combine the heavy cream and chocolate in a small bowl and microwave for 1 minute until the chocolate has melted. mix until fully incorporated and let chill until cool.
- put all of the ingredients into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. start slow and then gradually increase the speed. whip on high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.