three tiered double chocolate mini cake with chocolate marshmallow frosting & sprinkles
Four whole years.
I never imagined when I started Climbing Grier Mountain four years ago, it would become an actual business; that it would give me the opportunity to travel, expand my culinary knowledge, and meet wonderful people who I now call my friends. I set sail on this journey on August 5th, 2010 and through blood, sweat, and tears, I’ve managed to keep this boat afloat.
This year in particular has been full of growing pains, laughter, tears, disappoint, and hope. On the life o’ meter of feelings, I’ve definitely touched every level. I guess that’s a good thing – to experience it all, to accept the unknown, to keep marching forward.
As I say this, (fighting back big ole’ crocodile tears) I want to say thank from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you who visit Climbing Grier Mountain daily. You give me strength, courage, and a sense of purpose in a world full of uncertainty.
So, thank you for being a life vest when the seas got rough. Thank you for being honest, sincere, and encouraging even when the food I produced was a little bonkers. Most of all, thank you for letting me be me; because, at the end of the day, that’s what matters most.
So, what better way to celebrate four glorious years, then with cake! This special occasion calls for not just any cake. How about a three-tiered double chocolate mini cake with chocolate marshmallow frosting and 18, 487 sprinkles. Grab a fork, I’ll slice the cake, and let’s set sail into a sweet, sugary horizon.
Here’s to four more glorious years.
Three Tiered Double Chocolate Mini Cake with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting & Sprinkles
for the cakes:
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 (1oz) unsweetened baking squares, melted
1 cup boiling water
for the chocolate marshmallow frosting:
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup
1 cup semi-chocolate chips melted, cooled
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
for the cakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray three mini spring form cake pans with non-stick cooking spray.
In a bowl, cream shortening, sugar, vanilla, and egg together. In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and powder. In a saucepan preheated to medium-low heat, melt the baking squares. While the squares melt, stir in boiling water. Next, combine dry ingredients into the wet ingredients while alternating between the chocolate. Make sure batter is well combined. Divide batter evenly into three cake pans. You make have extra. Bake cakes for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, cool completely before frosting. Frost cake with chocolate marshmallow frosting. Garnish with sprinkles.
for the chocolate marshmallow frosting:
In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat 2 egg whites with salt until frothy. Gradually add sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Heat syrup in a glass microwaveable dish until it boils. Pour syrup in thin stream over egg white mixture, a little at a time. Beating on high speed until harder peaks form. Add vanilla and beat until glossy. Fold in the cooled chocolate.
adapted from the Roder Family CookbookAll images and text ©
Congratulations! Always love seeing what you’ve got going on here. I have a feeling the best is yet to come. 🙂
Chocolate marshmallow frosting – yum!
Happy happy blog birthday!!
Happy 4th birthday CGM! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next year and beyond!! PS- this cake!?!? yum.
CONGRATS LAUREN! So so so happy to have met you via blogging, and I can’t wait to see what you cook up next. You, my dear, are the real deal. xo
What a lovely post. Congrats on the four-year mark! Love this blog and LOVE this cake! SPRINKLES!
Congrats Lauren!! Happiest blog birthday. This cake looks amazing and double chocolate? Yes!!!
Happy blog birthday, Lauren! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate, this cake looks amazing. Here’s to digging into the next 4 years!
Happy Happy Blogiversary Lauren! It’s truly amazing to see how far you’ve come in the past year and I’m so happy to have been along to watch you succeed. Even more, I’m so happy to have gotten to know you! Here’s to many more years (and never apologize for your ridiculous creations, they’re amazing!)
happy fourth, climbing grier mountain!!!! yayayayyy!!! this cake is THE CUTEST!
Happy 4th Anniversary!!! I am so glad to have you as a friend and blogging colleague! You are so inspiration and such an incredible, positive and supportive friend. xoxoxo
Happy Blog Birthday! I always say I’m not a cake person, but I think I’ll have to modify that to say, “I’m not a cake person unless it’s THAT cake up there!” WHOA.
So glad you’re in the blogging word, Lauren! You make it a much more delicious and fun place.
Happy 4th anniversary, friend!! I’m so glad to have you as a blog friend. You’re the sweetest and full of life and laughter and positivity and I’m so glad I have been able to share laughs with you and soak up your fun vibes! Here’s to many more years of blogging!! xoxoxo
Wow! Happy Blog Birthday to you my dear!
Happy 4th blog anniversary! I’m so happy that we both became bloggers so we shoot the bull on occasion. Heres to more conferences, being roomies, giggle juice, delayed flights and blog conversations!
Yeah! Happy 4th Anniversary! That is so wonderful! I completely adore your blog and can’t wait to see what the next four years brings!
Aww, happy blogiversary! Such a beautiful space you’ve created here. 🙂 If you need help eating this cake I’m not far! xo
Congrats!! You have a beautiful blog with such unique and delicious recipes! Cheers to many more years of blogging!
What an awesome accomplishment, congrats!! Here’s to many more years:)
HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!!!! Also? THIS CAKE!!! I LOOOOVE IT!
Cheers to many, many more years!! xo
Congrats, Lauren! I’m so glad you started this journey four years ago because otherwise I would never have known you, or about totchos. 😉 Cheers to four more years (and allll the sprinkles)! <3
Happy blogiversary, and hooray for cake too! 🙂 Eat ALL the chocolate!
Congratulations on the milestone! Now I need this cake!
Four fabulous years, and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. I can’t wait to see what the next four bring. Love you! -jeanne
Girl, this cake is rockin. Congratulations on celebrating four years! That’s such an accomplishment! I think it’s worthy of eating that entire cake and finishing it with a glass of wine. Cheers! 🙂
Wishing you a very happy blogiversary!!!
What an amazing four years it’s been!! So bonkers pleased to have become your friend through this journey. Keep it up, seriously – you’re a rockstar!
Congrats on four years filled with incredible recipes!
Congrats! What a great way to celebrate!
Wait a minute! You mean your blog birthday is on Dad and I’s anniversary? I. did. not. know. that. : )
Happy Birthday! I could not be prouder of all your hard work and learning. You are so talented and don’t let bumps in the road stop you. Keep at it!
Congratulations on 4 years Lauren! I now know how difficult blogging can be. You have a terrific blog. I think I’ll celebrate with you and a slice of that cake!
A big fat CONGRATS to you, lady!!!! You’re such a blog rockstar, and I’m so glad we got to meet in real life this year!!! And you know I LOVE this cake. The spriiiiinkles! xoxo
Happy Blogiversary! What an awesome way to celebrate. Love the photos of this cake. The dark background against the candle is beautiful!! Well done!
Happy blog birthday girl! I’m so glad we “met” on this crazy funky journey we call blogging. And here’s to many more amazing years!
All those sprinkles on the cake?! WHOA. Love em.
Happy Bloggy Birthday! This cake is all kinds of fantastic!
How cute is this?! And I’m not just saying that because of all the sprinkles – what a killer recipe too. Congrats on the four years!
Beautiful cake & post!! Happy 4th ~ you are amazingly talented & entertaining!!
Congrats on four years, lovely! Cheers to another fabulous year!
A big ol’ happy 4 year anniversary. You and your blog are amazing. Love this cute cake.
Congrats on 4 wonderful years! Maybe this year we’ll finally meet. 🙂 xo