Happy Birthday, Mr TBTAM.
Chocolate Chip Birthday Cake
This is a tried-and-true family birthday cake favorite. From Irene, of course. For the grated chocolate, we use chocolate chips, ground in the food processor till it is about a 60/40 mix of finely ground and tiny pieces. I screwed up this one by forgetting to add the chocolate on top till after it was baked – no problem, just sprinkle it on while it’s still hot and no one will know the difference. Serve with tall glasses of milk.
½ lb. butter
1 ¾ c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 large eggs, separated
1 cup milk
2 2/3 cups self-rising flour
½ c. grated semisweet chocolate (inside)
½ c. grated semisweet chocolate (topping)
Powdered sugar for the top
Have all ingredients at room temperature. Cream butter and sugar till light. Add egg yolks one at a time. Beat until smooth. Add vanilla. Beat in flour and milk alternately, starting with flour and ending with milk, adding about a third of each at a time and working quickly. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into batter with ½ cup grated chocolate. Pour into greased and floured pan. Sprinkle remaining chocolate on top.
Bake at 350°: 9 x 13 baking pan 45 minutes or large tube pan 55 minutes, or 2- 9 inch layer pans 40 minutes, or 2 loaf pans 45 minutes. Cool, sprinkle top with powdered sugar.