Happy Birthday Cake!

filed under: White Cakes on March 6, 2013

UPDATE: I have updated this recipe and created the ULTIMATE Birthday Cake!

Happy, Happy Happy Birthday Cake! This sweet cake is easy to do and tastes SO good!


Rich Chocolate Buttercream
Prep Time
10 mins

Silky smooth chocolate buttercream!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate buttercream
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (226g) + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces extra-bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  1. Melt chocolate. Place in microwave safe bowl and heat in 30-second increments. An alternative method would be to use a double broiler. Place chopped chocolate in heat proof bowl and set over saucepan of simmering water. Gently stir until chocolate is fully melted, then set aside to cool.
  2. Place sugar in a medium heatproof bowl and add in the egg whites and salt.
  3. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (about 2 inches deep) and whisk gently until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the warm egg-white mixture to standing mixer fitted with the whisk.
  5. Add the vanilla and beat at medium-high speed until glossy and firm, about 8 minutes.
  6. Beat in the butter a few pieces at a time, making sure it is fully incorporated before adding more.
  7. If the buttercream appears runny at any time, transfer the bowl to the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes, then return it to the mixer and continue.
  8. Beat in the melted chocolate until fully incorporated, scraping down the side and bottom of the bowl.


Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday Cake

Today I just used my new favorite white cake recipe and then a rich chocolate buttercream. The pairing is easy, the result is fantastic!

Rich Chocolate Cake

To decorate I just used a small offset spatula and swirled my cake around while holding the spatula steady.

The little poms are made from tissue paper.  I followed this easy tutorial from HGTV on How to Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms.

Chocolate Covered White Cake-Perfect for Birthdays!

One thing you may have noticed is the different sized layers. I left one layer as in, then removed the top 1/3 of the other layer. When I assembled the cake I added the medium layer on the bottom, the full layer in the middle, and the thin layer on top. All divided by chocolate frosting of course!

Birthday #cake! White cake with rich chocolate buttercream!

Check out my other Chocolate Buttercream recipes as well as some amazing YELLOW CAKE! (just in case you like that classic combination of yellow cake and chocolate!)

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  • Marderelle says:

    Nice picture !! nice cake !!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Beautiful post {and cake!}. Your friendship makes me smile 🙂 Many happy bday wishes to Cheryl!

    • TidyMom says:

      thanks Katrina!!

  • Paula says:

    Cheryl IS a fantastic lady with has a huge (Tidymom) following, no doubt not only due to her beautiful, informative blog but to her wonderful and engaging personality as well.

    So sweet of you to make her this lovely cake! Happy Birthday Cheryl 🙂

    • TidyMom says:

      you are SO sweet Paula and have always been such a huge supporter!! thanks so much!!

  • Nur Ain says:

    How sweettt 🙂
    Amanda I’m your avid fan from Malaysia and I’m a young new food blogger because I’ve been inspired by you! I just love all your works Amanda 🙂

    Please keep up your awesome posts. Love love love <3

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

    Beautiful cake for a wonderful blogger!!

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

    What a special cake for a special person!!! How sweet of you to make this beautiful cake – I am drooling over that icing!!! Happy Birthday, Cheryl! xoxo

    • TidyMom says:

      me too Robyn!! wish I could grab a fork and dig in!!

  • TidyMom says:

    OMG Amanda………..you MADE. MY. DAY! I SOOOO wish I could come over to share a piece with you and the kids!!!

    Thanks for being a great supporter and friend!!!!

  • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says:

    Great cake for a great blogger!

  • susan says:

    that is truly my kind of cake. It is the perfect combo!! Simply gorgeous, Amanda.

  • Diane {Created by Diane} says:

    what a gorgeous cake that frosting looks yummy. Cheryl is so wonderfully sweet and helpful, everyone should take queues from her.

  • Lucy Lean says:

    Making a cake for someone is one of the best and perfect ways to show you care about someone – even if they don’t have a birthday – although HB Cheryl! x Plus you make the BEST cakes EVER so thank you to you. LLx

  • Holiday Baker Man says:

    It’s great stuff!

  • Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes says:

    What a lovely cake for a lovely birthday! I adore how scrumptiously simple this gorgeous confection is, Amanda! Cheers to you and happy birthday to Cheryl!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    I love, love, love this, Amanda. Fabulous cake and absolutely gorgeous photos, oh my. Happiest birthday to you, Cheryl!! 🙂

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl says:

    Cheryl deserved this cake- she’s so very generous and such a sweet friend. SO nice of you to honor her bday with a cake! Yum! Happy birthday Cheryl!

  • Jett W. says:

    Wow that looks great! I had just baked a similar cake over the weekend =)

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Such a sweet surprise! You’re a great friend for making Cheryl this cake 🙂

  • Kristen says:

    Awwww – what a great cake and a great birthday to celebrate!

  • Mandi says:

    What a beautiful cake!! I must try it soon … been promising my boys a special treat. Question — what is the background for the picture? I love the color and the texture. Looks like painted plywood maybe? We are doing a bit of remodeling and that color would be perfect for one of my ideas!! Just found your blog via Kevin & Amanda. Looking forward to browsing when I have some time. Thanks!!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Love love love everything about this cake! A big Happy Birthday to Cheryl! xoxo

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Aw what a sweet thing to do, it’s just perfect!

  • Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste says:

    This is absolutely stunning! I can just imagine how moist and flavorful those cake layers are. Yum!

  • Nancy@acommunaltable says:

    What a gorgeous cake .. and that buttercream sounds divine! I used to make tissue paper pom poms all the time when I was little – so much fun!!

  • Angie @ Big Bear's Wife says:

    A wonderful cake for a wonderful Woman!

  • Bellenza Bistro says:

    I’m sure this cake is delicious. Most of all because it was clearly made with lots of love!