Chocolate cake for one is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s day solo this year!
Typically Valentine’s Day is a holiday I do not embrace. Mostly because I have been either single or alone on Valentine’s Day since the dawn of time. I’m not sure how it happens but even on the off chance that I find myself actually in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is spent solo in my house.
In years past I’ve wallowed, lamented, and maybe even cried a little bit. I was Jessica Biel in the movie Valentine’s Day. Scarfing down heart shaped chocolate I bought myself, throwing I Hate Valentine’s Day parties, and gleefully beating heart shaped pinatas.
But this year I decided to celebrate instead of mourn Valentine’s Day single-dom. Because it’s my last year in my 20s. Because being single means enjoying a certain level of freedom my married friends don’t have. And because a single girl on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to share her cake.
This fancy, single serve chocolate layer cake generously feeds one person and it’s the perfect accessory for your Valentine’s Day movie marathon.
For the Frosting:
- milk, (as needed for thinning)
- 3 Tbs cocoa powder
- 4 Tbs butter,, softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 Tbs cocoa powder
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- In a medium sized bowl combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, pinch of salt, and baking powder and whisk to combine.
- In a separate bowl mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well.
- Divide batter evenly between two greased and lined 4" cake pans and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow cakes to cool in their pans for 5 minutes, run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn cake onto a clean surface to cool completely.
- While cake is cooling whisk together butter, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar until smooth. Add milk to reach your desired consistency as necessary.
- To assemble level each cake and top the first layer with half the frosting, spreading into an even layer. Add the second layer and remaining frosting.