My daughter turned six recently and I must say, it’s harder than I thought it would be. I can’t believe she’s not my baby anymore. I am very proud of what a kind, funny, silly and empathetic person she is. I truly am the luckiest mom in the world. She didn’t want a store bought cake for her birthday, she wanted to make it and decorate it by herself (I only helped when necessary). She chose a chocolate chip cake with chocolate frosting. We found a great recipe in my trusted Betty Crocker cookbook for the cake. My daughter had every intention of making the frosting too but she saw a can of frosting in the cupboard and decided she wanted that instead (much easier for me). She was having a birthday party with both boys and girls so when picking out the decorations, she chose a barbie for the girls and race cars for the boys – she didn’t want anyone feeling left out. Don’t I have a great kid? Anyway, she decorated it all by herself except for letting her brother do a couple of sprinkles. It turned out really beautiful and tasty. The cake itself almost had a corn meal texture (in a good way) and was moist and full of flavor. My daughter was extremely proud of herself and of her cake.
Silver White Cake by Betty Crocker:
- 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 2/3 cups of sugar
- 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups of milk
- 2/3 cup of shortening
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 5 egg whites
- 1/2 cup of miniature chocolate chips
- Chocolate frosting (homemade or from a can)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.
Beat all ingredients except egg whites in a large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg whites on high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Fold chocolate chips into the batter. Pour into pan.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center. Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
Carefully frost the cake then decorate how you or your little ones desire.