Chocolate Cake and Martha Stewart

I met Martha Stewart. Then I made one of her chocolate cake recipes from her new Cakes book. And now I am here to tell you all about all three. Martha, the cake and the Cakes book.13271423433 0b91f3961c o Chocolate Cake and Martha Stewart

I was invited to attend Martha Stewart’s book signing for her new book, Cakes, at the Macy’s home store here in Las Vegas last week. Myself along with a few other local bloggers were asked to attend, take photos, meet Martha and get our books signed. It was all very exciting to meet the “Domestic Queen”.

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Look mom! Its me!!! With THE Martha Stewart!!!

Martha looks fabulous for her age. I think her 85 step daily skin care routine pays off. I need to make a list of what she uses. Because, wow.

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I have been a fan of Martha Stewart’s for a long time. I have her Cupcakes book and I have always been a fan of her website. When I found out I was going to get an opportunity to meet her I was pretty dang excited. I really didn’t know what to expect. I mean she’s Martha Stewart!

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We all arrived an hour early to get situated. They had the bloggers stand in front with the “media” people. There was a line forming already of customers to meet her and have her sign their book. They limited the book signings to 100 people so it was nice and small. Not crazy crowded at all. When Martha walked out, starbucks coffee in hand, we all started snapping photos. I felt like paparazzi. In fact at one point after Martha was being told ” And to your right”  ” Back to your left” she said ” Okay thats enough for now paparazzi, and everyone laughed.  The bloggers got to get their books signed first and I brought my Cupcakes book as well as my Cakes book to have her sign. I told her how her Cupcakes book was a gift from my husband years ago when I first started blogging. She happily signed my books and then it was the next bloggers turn. I had handed over my camera and iphone for photos and when I looked at my phone the person who had taken photos had barely gotten me in the picture!! I waited until the end and requested for a retake. When I asked Martha for a retake she said ” Did you not like how you looked in the first pic?” and laughed. I replied with ” Actually, I was barely in it!” and I showed her the photo. She said ” oh that is no good! Lets take another” and she even offered to stand up to retake the photo. That is the one I posted above. I thanked her again and we chatted for another minute and then it was time for her to go. The book signing only lasted an hour.  It was fun watching all the customers get to meet her and take photos as well. Everyone really seemed to enjoy the event and I was glad I asked to retake the photo. All in all a really nice time.

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Since this event took place at the Macy’s home store I wanted to poke around a bit afterwards and look at the Martha Stewart collection. I fell in love with a cake stand and had to have it. I have a thing for cake stands. When I found out it was on sale I was even more excited!!  Now I was armed with a signed copy of Martha Stewart’s Cakes book and a cake stand, I knew I needed to make a cake for this post. But WHICH cake?? I took the book home and my kids helped me pick out the cake. Chocolate cake. Marshmallow filling. Chocolate frosting. I was sold.

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My girls loved the way the cake looked on the front of the book, so this was our attempt at matching it. Except my girls thought our cake needed white sprinkles on top. So they helped with that part of the cake decorating process. I ended up changing the filling because the first attempt at filling a cake with 7 minute frosting was a GIANT mess. It all oozed out and wasn’t staying in pretty layers. So I went with my old standby of vanilla swiss meringue buttercream. It worked like a charm. I am thinking 7 minute frosting is better for topping cakes and cupcakes with.

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And of course with a huge slice of chocolate cake with rich chocolaty frosting you need a cold glass of milk to wash it down. I actually prefer coffee with a slice of cake. My kids loved the chocolate cake especially my 5 year old the self proclaimed chocoholic. She already told me she wants me to make this chocolate cake again for her birthday. In 5 months.

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Here is the recipe for the cake and the chocolate frosting from Martha Stewart’s Cake book. Reprinted with permission. And I have a surprise for you after the recipe…

4.8 from 5 reviews
Chocolate Cake and Martha Stewart
Recipe type: Cake
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Serves: 10
Chocolate Truffle Cake 10 Servings
  • 1 cup ( 2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temp plus extra for pans
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon best quality unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for pans
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • ¾ c milk
  • 2¼ cups sifted cake flour ( not self rising)
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¾ c sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 350 Deg F. Butter three 9-by-2-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment rounds and butter the parchment. Dust with cocoa, tapping out excess, set aside.
  2. Sift the cocoa into a medium bowl. Stir in the boiling water until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Set aside to cool
  3. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl. With an electric mixer on low, beat butter until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually beat in sugar, scraping down sides of bowl twice. Beat in vanilla
  4. Add eggs in 3 batches, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture and reserved cocoa mixture a little at a time in alternate batches, starting and ending with the flour; beat until just combined
  5. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans; smooth tops with offset spatula. Bake, rotating halfway through, until a cake tester comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer pans to wire racks to cool 15 minutes. Turn out cakes onto wire racks to cool completely.
  6. Fill and frost with desired filling and frosting.

4.8 from 5 reviews
Rich Chocolate Frosting
Recipe type: Frosting
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Serves: 10
Rich Chocolate Frosting. 4½ cups. Enough to frost a 9" triple layer cake.
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 1½ cups ( 3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ c confectioners sugar
  • 2¼ tsp coarse salt
  • 1½ pounds semisweet chocolate, chopped melted and cooled
  1. Whisk together cocoa and warm water in a bowl until cocoa dissolves. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, confectioners sugar and salt until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually beat in melted chocolate and then cocoa mixture until combined. Frosting can be refrigerated up to 5 days in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature and beat on low speed before using.
I found this frosting to be quite runny so I chilled it for 30-45 min until stiff enough to frost. There was about 2 cups leftover.


I actually had Martha Stewart sign 3 books. My Cupcakes book, my new Cakes book AND a Cakes book to give away to one lucky reader!!

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Yay!! I am doing things a little differently this time. ALL you have to do is leave a blog comment telling me what your favorite cake is to make or eat. Check that off in the rafflecopter widget below and you are entered to win! Easy peasy. US residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Good luck!! And if you don’t win you can always buy the Cakes book HERE. I can’t wait to try the Pineapple Upside Down Cake!!

I was compensated for this post as well as to attend the book signing. I also received a copy of the Cakes book for free. All opinions are Thank you for your support with the brands and companies I work with that make my blog possible.

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  1. protein chocolate cake =)

  2. How could you ask me to pick a favorite!? I don’t even know. Anything with chocolate…or cream cheese frosting.

  3. I love to make carrot cake with a marshmallow cream cheese frosting.

  4. *Sob* open to US residents only. I need to move down to the US so that I can enter these amazing giveaways! Shanna, your cake is perfection! Seriously, it’s so beautiful. I love the contrast of the white buttercream and the chocolatey cake, as well as those pretty pops of white sprinkles on top. What an incredibly cool experience for you to have. I’m glad to hear that Martha was gracious enough to take a second photo with you. It’d would’ve been so disappointing if all you had was that first terrible pic. I’m in love with the cake stand and that blue patterned plate. My beloved cake stand at home is also from the Martha Stewart collection, bought at Macy’s while on sale. Now you’re making me want to run out and buy both this book and another cake stand ;)
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  5. Celestial Brown says:

    Chocolate cake is easily the most wonderful kind of cake to eat! It’s really hard to stop at one slice!

  6. I entered the contest, but I think I screwed up. My favorite cakes to make are coffee cakes. But my favorite cake to eat is some variety of carrot cake.

  7. 85 step skincare routine? No wonder she looks so good, her skin is too confused about what the heck is going on to actually have time to actually go and do something like age.

  8. My favorite cake is pineapple upside down cake. I prefer it cold from the refrigerator. A friend of mine is a baker and she uses pineapple slices, prunes, and maraschino cherries for the top. The cake is very pretty and very tasty..

  9. I love white cake with a rich buttercream icing.

  10. Gah I love layer cakes! So beautiful and delicious. I just made one this past weekend. Obsessed.
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  11. My favorite cake to date is a Chocolate Raspberry cake with chocolate ganache that my roommate made for my birthday! So good!!
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  12. So lucky! You and Martha look great together! That book is gonna be a winner just like your chocolate cake!
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  13. Love you picture with Martha! Cake looks awesome …may be on my next cake agenda!

  14. Faleen F. says:

    MY favorite cake to each, which i have had rarely is Black Forest Cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte)….but if i am being realistic about cake that i can find readily available it would be the chocolate bourbon cake that my son made a few weeks ago….truly excellent.

  15. Chocolate cake. How can you not like it! But then I can’t think of a cake I don’t like. You life is getting so exciting. I’m proud to be your mom.

  16. Well, I must say that this one looks FABULOUS! I love just about every cake! I’m not picky.
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  17. My favorite cake to make is a chocolate-mint marble bundt cake! It’s the favorite cake of all of the men in my family. It’s one-bowl easy, and my family has been baking the same recipe for 2 generations now.

  18. Christine T says:

    Always chocolate…The darkest and richest possible!

  19. Chocolate anything! Actually the cake on the cover of Martha’s cookbook looks right up my alley!

  20. BEAUTIFUL!!! I want some. I’m so glad we got to hang out at this event together!!
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  21. This is really lovely Shanna. I am loving those sprinkles! So fun. Your cakes always look so elegant.
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  22. Monica Kirkham says:

    Butter Pecan Cake – *Drool*…. Actually, Butter Pecan ANYTHING.

  23. I love chocolate cake

  24. This is a hard decision because my late mother’s greatest legacy was her incredible recipes, especially for cakes! My all-time favorite would gave to be her chocolate-zucchini cake with chocolate ganache glaze. (Not nearly as good, but oh-so-simple, my current go-to cake recipe is for a triple chocolate cake made in a crock pot.)

  25. Yes there’s something about layer cakes that make you go yum! They look so inviting, renascence and appealing. Yours look fab!

  26. What a fabulous chocolate cake! I love the light and dark contrast between the layers and filling. I also got to meet Martha but only for a brief second. I went to her cupcakes book signing at the Georgia Aquarium. It was me and about a thousand or so people. At least I have a photo with me and her in it and an autographed book. It’s so nice that your experience was one of a small signing and you got to spend more time with her.
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  27. You can make this chocolate cake for my birthday too Shanna! Looks beautiful. I can’t resist that marshmallow filling!
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  28. My favorite cake is Sweetapolita’s chocolate cake with toasted marshmallow filling and malted milk chocolate frosting – YUM! Would love a signed copy of Martha’s book!

  29. I love to bake and eat coconut cake . Thanks! :)

  30. Gorgeous cake & I love the stand too! What an incredible experience! Now I totally want the book, lol… if I had to pick a favorite it would have to be good old chocolate on chocolate ;)

  31. I love making chocolate cakes! :)
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  32. I actually love just about any type of cake, but if I had to narrow it down to just one, I’d probably pick lemon cake with cream cheese frosting and lemon curd between the layers…yum!

    By the way, I’m here because I was pinning something of yours on Pinterest and hopped over to check out the source of the beautiful photograph. What a lovely site you have here! Can’t wait to look around some more… :) Have a great week!
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  33. Yellow butter cake with chocolate icing!! Yummy!!!

  34. Jolene Martinelli says:

    Yellow cake with chocolate frosting :)

  35. Candy Cain Severson says:

    Anything chocolate…and then topped with peanut butter frosting..yummy

  36. So difficult! I love all cakes. I’m on a quest to find the perfect red velvet cake to eat though. Had one here in Toronto one day but never saw it in the cafe again. To make? I like Nigella Lawson’s chocolate cake with sour cream or her Malteser one. Always go down well!

  37. I love carrot cake!!
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