Yellow Butter Cake with Chocolate Icing

Writers block is no joke guys.

I’ve been sittin’ here on the pictures and crumbs of a delicious cake for weeks now, and I just have nothing to say.
Actually, I always have things to say. But nothing that makes any sort of sense or has anything to do with cake.
Would it be weird if I just started posting pictures of cake? Maybe threw a recipe up there and called it a day?

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Probably a little weird.

I feel like this writers block accurately describes everything going on in my brain right now. I think it’s called Overwhelm Mode.
You know what I’m talking about. Right?
When you just have so many things going on and your to-do list has become so long that all you can do is sit and maybe stare blankly at a tv?
Yeah, that’s Overwhelm Mode. And it’s here in full force.

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But sometimes, while staring Sleepless in Seattle for the millionth time, there’s a burst of motivation. And all I wanted to do was bake a cake.
And drink beer.
Bake a cake and drink beer.
Look at that! I accomplished two things!

Yellow cake

I really wanted a thick coating of rich chocolate frosting and a delicious moist yellow cake to put it on. I found this delicious looking  chocolate buttercream, and went to town. It made a little less than I had wanted though, so after filling the cake with the buttercream, I decided to top the cake with a chocolate ganache as well. I only had buttermilk, so I decided to try a buttermilk ganache recipe I found. It was a little grainier then I would have preferred, but all in all still tasted great.
Frosting for everyone!

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Yellow Butter Cake
Adapted from Annie’s Eats


1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare two 9-inch round cake pans by lining the bottoms with parchment paper and greasing the sides.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  • In electric mixer bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs to mixer bowl one at a time, followed by vanilla.
  • Keeping the mixer on low, alternate adding the flour mix and buttermilk, beat until just combined after each addition.
  • Divide the cake batter between the two prepared pans.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  • Let cakes cool about 20 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pans.
  • Let cakes cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Adapted from Love To Be In The Kitchen

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tablespoon heavy cream


  • In a mixer bowl with whisk attachment, beat butter about 20 seconds, until smooth.
  • Add cocoa powder to the butter and beat until mixture is well combined.
  • Add powdered sugar about one cup at a time until sugar is combined. Add salt.
  • Scrape down bowl, add vanilla, and beat on medium speed until well mixed.
  • Increase speed to medium high and add heavy cream one tablespoon at a time.
  • Mix until light and fluffy.

Chocolate Buttermilk Ganache
Adapted from King Arthur Flour Community Recipes


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, chilled and cut into small pieces


  • Heat buttermilk until just starting to boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Add chocolate and stir until fully melted.
  • Add butter and stir slowly.
  • Strain if needed, allow to cool.

Turkey approves

Sarah Mae


Oh, hi there!

Hey, what’s up? Hello!

Welcome to Sweets by Sarah Mae – The land of sugar, glitter, and all things awesome! I have no clue what I’m doing (pretty much 99% of the time), but I hope you’ll join me on this adventure while I try to figure it all out.
After a short lived attempt at my first blog some years ago, it’s always been on my mind to start again. So in an attempt to combine my love of baking, talking, and life in general, I’ve created Sweets by Sarah Mae.
While I’m not 100% sure where this blog will take me (or you); I can guarantee poorly told life stories, pictures of my fat Turkey cat (and Odin), one too many glasses of wine, and all sorts of baked goods.
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Can’t wait to meet you all along this journey!
Wish me luck!

Sarah Mae