An Online Baking Class with TastyCakes Madrid is the best way to learn delicious sweet recipes while you have a blast!
Whether you love baking or you’re a little bit scared about the baking process, you are going to love this tremendous recipe to make the easiest and most delicious chocolate cake (or cupcakes) you have ever had, that we’ll share with you below.
Trust me, because I am not an expert baker, and I’ve always felt way more comfortable cooking. Until I took an online baking class with Susan, from TastyCakes Madrid.
I signed up for a virtual baking class because I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself with something new for me: cupcakes and American vanilla buttercream. When it comes to baking, I feel comfortable with Italian desserts and a few others, but baking usually intimidates me. So, when I saw that TastyCakes Madrid would host a virtual baking class on Saturday morning I was free, I didn’t think it twice, and I decided to challenge myself while having a great time!
As I organize virtual cooking classes myself, I was comfortable with the process: we received the shopping list and the recipe several days before the class, and a link to join the video call. It doesn’t happen all the time for me to be on the other side, so I was excited and eager to learn.
Online Baking Class with TastyCakes Madrid
Susan, the founder of TastyCakes Madrid and our baking coach, is a very nice person and a great teacher: since the first moment, she welcomed us with all her energy and kindness, making us feel like old friends even if we’ve never met before. After breaking the ice, she explained to us the steps we would follow through the baking process, and then she gave us some very useful and interesting information about all the ingredients that we prepared beforehand.
We made chocolate cupcakes with American vanilla buttercream, so we first had to make the cupcake batter and, while we were baking them, we prepared the buttercream. We had so much fun all over the class, and the final result was stunning!
Susan of TastyCakes Madrid wants to share her family recipe with us all. Thank you, Susan!
CHOCOLATE CAKE AND VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
Ingredients – CAKE:
50g unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
225g / 2cups cake flour, sifted (regular is ok also)
11⁄4t baking soda
15g / 1⁄4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
100g / 3⁄4 cup sugar
1t vanilla extract
175ml/ 3⁄4 cup water, room temperature
145g / 1 cup mayonnaise
Ingredients – BUTTERCREAM:
100g /7T butter, room temperature
60g / 4T vegetable shortening (you can use all butter as well)
1t vanilla extract
160g / 11⁄2 cups icing sugar, sifted (use American/UK brand – Domino or Tate Lyle – OR substitute azúcar glas plus added cornstarch)
2T cream or whole milk
Preparation – CAKE: Preheat oven to 350°F/178°C and prep muffin tins or cake pans. Combine flour, soda, sugar in a bowl, whisk. Sift in cocoa powder, whisk again. Mix in water and vanilla until wet and slightly thick batter. Mix in melted chocolate until smooth, and then fold in mayo and whisk if necessary to get rid of lumps. Fill pans/cupcake tins and bake at 350°F/178°C and let cool before icing:
~17-18 minutes for cupcakes
~20-25 min for 8” rounds
~30-35 minutes for square
Preparation – BUTTERCREAM: Cream butter on medium speed (*If using vegetable shortening, cream butter first, then add shortening and combine on medium-low speed). Add vanilla and combine. Add in powdered sugar, one half-cup at a time, mixing on low. Add cream at the end, enough to create the correct consistency. Mix at medium-high to fluff the buttercream a bit. Spread onto the cooled cake or cupcakes.
As you can see in the pictures, the experience was splendid, and the result too delicious!
You can reach out to Susan via Instagram if you have questions about this amazing recipe she shared with us, or about her next online baking classes!
Whether if you’re a passionate baker or a newbie, check out the TastyCakes Madrid website for new recipes and inspiration. You can also use the contact form to connect with Susan!