Wedding Planning 101: Lets talk dessert

Ah, my favorite course: Dessert. This is as important to me as the dress. Seriously! I’m the girl who made her own birthday cake this weekend because I am so particular about about cake. I’m what some people would call a “subconscious moaner.” I take a bite of cake and without even realizing what I’m doing, I moan to myself about how amazing the cake tastes. I’m all, “Mmm, yumm, oh this is gooooood.”

Do you understand what I just wrote? I MOAN OUT LOUD ABOUT CAKE WHEN OTHER PEOPLE ARE AROUND. If that’s not the sign of a cake connoisseur/dessert snob/severe sweet tooth, I don’t know what is.

When it comes to chocolate cake, my heart has a spot for one and only: My aunt Ally’s recipe, which I made for my birthday last weekend. Although I will say I need to invest in a cake plate… this drooping effect happens when you put your cake on a regular dinner plate. Droopage aside, what a fun night to turn twenty-five:

Ally and her husband, Tom lived a few doors down from my parents when I was growing up, and they were, and still are, like family to us. She would always make this amazing cake for my birthday. Lucky for me, she’s agreed to make our wedding as well. There will be a lovely 3-tiered cake for the head table, and we’ve arranged for cupcakes and cake pops for everyone else.

However, let it be known that just because the cake is designated for the head table doesn’t mean I won’t indulge in the other goodies. What’s the phrase again: It’s my party and I’ll eat what I want to…?

She’s allowed me to share it before, so here’s the simple recipe…

Ally’s Famous Chocolate Cake


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 cup skim milk (it sours the milk)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together for about two minutes by hand or with electric mixer.
  3. Pour into a greased and floured 9-inch round baking pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until baked.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes on cooling rack and then turn out of pan on the cooling rack. Cool completely and frost with Ally’s Famous Chocolate Frosting (see below).

Ally’s Famous Chocolate Frosting


  • 6 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Makes two cups (use 1/2 recipe per 1 9-inch chocolate cake).

More on the amazing woman behind the cupcakes and cake pops on Thursday!

2 Comments. Leave new

Oh my goodness that looks wonderful!!


Great birthday shots! Those earrings look great on you too:)


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