Gourmet Live's First-Birthday Cake

180 mins (prep 60)
16 ingredients
makes 10 to 12 servings
There's a special place in the lexicon of American layer cakes for the classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting. It's practically the standard for birthdays and anniversaries, so it was my top choice when creating a cake to celebrate the first year of publication of Gourmet Live. And if ever there was a version that will elicit either a string of excited OMG's or the low-humming purr of rapturous mmmm's, this is it. Tender, buttery cake layers sandwich a creamy frosting so light and airy it's as if you're nibbling a chocolate cloud. (No offense to dense, fudgy ganache-style icings—of which I'm also very fond—but they don't lend themselves to the kind of exuberant flourishes and swirls of frosting that convey the excitement of a first birthday.) Even a strong-willed soul won't be able to resist a second slice.

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Serving Size (120.69 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 364.1 Calories from Fat 30.69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.41g 52.42%
Saturated Fat 2.27g 113.42%
Trans Fat 0.06g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 678.29mg 282.62%
Total Carbohydrate 87.5g 291.67%
Dietary Fiber 0.95 g 37.96%
Sugars 79.68 g %
Protein 0.69g 13.84%
Vitamin A 2.49IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 78.56mg% Iron 0.57mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
sifted cake flour, large eggs, pure vanilla extract, plain, unsweetened chocolate, pure vanilla extract