After the sponges had cooled and before the Texans v. Ravens game began, it was time to whip up some frosting. I found a recipe for chocolate buttercream on Pinterest. It was originally pinned from savorysweetlife.com .
The recipe called for:
1 cup unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Anyway, the frosting was pretty simple (but definitely not easy) to make. First, I creamed the butter. Doing it by hand, it took me about five minutes. I was out of breath by the time that dang butter was creamed. Then I added 3 cups of the confectioners sugar and all of the cocoa and creamed them into the butter.
After another five minute upper body workout, I added the vanilla extract, salt, and cream, and mixed them in. Once it was fully incorporated, the frosting was still way to stiff to spread, so I added two more tablespoons of the heavy cream. I mixed it all really well, and I was done! I used maybe 3/4 of it to frost the cake. The rest, I begrudgingly dumped.
I haven't decided whether I'll try making this particular cake again. The frosting is a definite keeper, but I'm not so sure about the cake itself.
Oh, yeah. Happy 27th birthday, Patrick!