When in doubt, make a cake. A potluck at work and a chance to impress everyone with my skills? Had to make a cake, but I was also sort on time. So I cut a couple corners and did a box mix, but made my own frosting (I’ll never go back to canned).
The cake mix is excellent, I’ve used it before. It’s moist, has a great chocolate flavor, and is really consistent. I’ve never had a problem with it. I wanted to put something unexpected on top, so I went for Blackberry. Now the trick to a good, fruit flavored buttercream is to use jam. It gives flavor without letting the acid break down the butter and making your frosting too runny. I used a really inexpensive jam because, well, it doesn’t make much of a difference and I needed seedless. You could use whatever, raspberry, strawberry, apricot, etc. The recipe is simple:
1 stick of butter or vegan spread (I use earth balance, just because it’s really smooth), room temp.
1/4 cup jam
3-4 cups powdered sugar
Cream the butter with the jam, add the sugar, mix well and you’re done. Easy. It should look something like this:
Now I added a hint of food coloring just for looks, but it’s certainly not needed. Just an extra.
For the cakes I split the batter and made two layers. They came out great:
Spread a thin layer of frosting on the bottom layer (make sure it’s cool!) and then top it with the other layer. Frost it and you’re good to go. Here’s what mine looked like (it’s decorated for work, so you’ll just have to roll with me on this one):
Everyone at work loved it and they couldn’t believe it was GF. They raved about the frosting and I didn’t have a single leftover slice to take home!
I give this cake 10 out of 10 delicious stars.