If you're looking for ideas and recipes for 50th birthday cakes, you’ll definitely want to consider the cakes on this site for your 50th celebration. They range from indulgent to decadent. I bet just the pictures on this page will make you want to dive in with your fork. (Read on for the best-chocolate-cake-ever recipe!)
Thinking about a rich chocolate cake? Use nuts and caramel, or even a mocha and chocolate cake served with gourmet coffee for an afternoon party.
That's right, even cupcakes can be dressed up to make an elegant 50th birthday cake design. They're all the rage in the baked-goods universe right now, plus you can express yourself on each individual cake. Or have one special cupcake for the guest of honor, and a sheet cake or other dessert for the rest of the party.
Popular, delicious chocolate cake flavor pairings include:
from Betty Crocker's Cookbook (1976)
2 c all-purpose or cake flour
2 c sugar
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c water
3/4 c buttermilk
1/2 c shortening
1 tsp vanilla
4 oz melted unsweetened chocolate, cooled
Oven: 350 degrees
Pan options: 13 x 9, 2 round layers, one jelly roll pan, one quarter sheet pan, 24 cupcakes
Grease and flour, or line, your choice of pan size.
Measure all ingredients together and blend 1/2 minute on low, then 3 minutes on high speed. Evenly pour into pan(s).
Bake oblong 40-45 minutes or layers 30-35 minutes. Cupcakes 25-30 minutes.
Frost and decorate according to your cake design idea.
To make a 50th birthday cake like the one pictured, try these filling and frosting recipes.
Mix the condensed milk and melted chocolate in a large mixing bowl. Gradually stir in water, then pudding mix until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Stir the chocolate mixture and fold in the whipped cream. Refrigerate for another hour or more.
Makes 3 cups of filling.
Alternate a layer of cake, 1 1/2 cups of mousse, cake, mousse, cake; or use the mousse as frosting with a single layer of mousse filling between 2 cake layers.
Refrigerate the finished cake.
1/2 lb confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup (dark) cocoa (for darker color)
1/4 cup soft butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp water
1/4 cup clear corn syrup
Blend the confectioner's sugar, dark cocoa, and butter in a mixer bowl. Add the vanilla.
Heat the water and syrup to a simmer, but not fully boiling.
Combine the hot syrup and sugar mixture and beat on low speed for 3 minutes or until glossy.
This frosting is easier to use while still warm.
This recipe will generously cover an 8 inch layer cake.
It's always a good idea to try out new recipes before using them for a special occasion. Your family will love to be your taste testers, too. I know mine are. Just about everyone loves cake.
Toppings and fillings for a chocolate birthday cake could be gobs and gobs of whipped cream, shaved chocolate, bright red cherries, crushed cookies, or maybe an elegant fondant covering.
Use a variety of chocolate types to create a textured appearance with shaved chocolate curls.
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