Holy cow! Has it really been this long since I've posted TWD?!! I feel completely out of the loop! I'm not so out of the loop, however, that I didn't vote for the birthday recipe! I will choose cake over most desserts, but especially over fruit-pastry desserts. :)
This Cocoa-Buttermilk Birthday cake is so easy- the batter comes together in about 15 minutes. I halved the recipe and made cupcakes because with all the candy and sweets around our house lately (and well-intentioned New Year's resolutions), I didn't need a 9" cake, too!
The malted milk frosting was just plain chocolate buttercream on my cupcakes. I left out the powder- I just dissolved 1 T of cocoa powder with 1 T of boiling water. My frosting was a little grainy- perhaps I didn't heat the chocolate/brown sugar mixture enough.
Happy Birthday TWD! Sorry I didn't have any candles, I used them all a couple weeks ago! Head over to the wonderful Laurie's blog, who puts so much time and effort into this group, for the recipe!