Juju’s Birthday Cake

Juju’s Birthday Cake
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10 to 12 non-hungry people Pastel de chocolate de Juju
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs preferably at room temperature
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles optional
To Prepare
  • To prepare the cake: Grease a 9x13-inch cake pan with butter. Cover the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large pot, over medium heat, pour the water, stir in the cocoa and add the butter. Let it heat for a few minutes, stirring now and then, until it all dissolves. Remove the pot from the heat.
  • In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. In another, beat the eggs and combine them with the sour cream.
  • In turns, add a quarter of the flour mix and then a quarter of the sour cream mix at a time into the pot with the cocoa mixture; stir with a spatula, mixing all of the ingredients as you move along. Pour onto the greased cake pan and place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out barely moist but not wet.
  • Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool a bit while you prepare the frosting.
  • To prepare the frosting: In a saucepan, over medium heat, pour in the milk and the vanilla. Stir in the cocoa and add the butter. Heat and stir until everything is all dissolved and combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the confectioners' sugar. Thoroughly mix with a spatula and set aside.
  • To assemble: Run the tip of a knife around the edges of the cake. Turn the cake onto a platter and gently remove the parchment paper. Pour the still-warm frosting over the cake and gently spread it out with a spatula. If you wish, you may add sprinkles of your choice before the frosting hardens (NOTE: The cake is soft and moist the first couple days, then hardens like a brownie afterwards if left uncovered-- perfect for packing in school lunches).
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs preferably at room temperature
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles optional
To Prepare
  • To prepare the cake: Grease a 9x13-inch cake pan with butter. Cover the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large pot, over medium heat, pour the water, stir in the cocoa and add the butter. Let it heat for a few minutes, stirring now and then, until it all dissolves. Remove the pot from the heat.
  • In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. In another, beat the eggs and combine them with the sour cream.
  • In turns, add a quarter of the flour mix and then a quarter of the sour cream mix at a time into the pot with the cocoa mixture; stir with a spatula, mixing all of the ingredients as you move along. Pour onto the greased cake pan and place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out barely moist but not wet.
  • Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool a bit while you prepare the frosting.
  • To prepare the frosting: In a saucepan, over medium heat, pour in the milk and the vanilla. Stir in the cocoa and add the butter. Heat and stir until everything is all dissolved and combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the confectioners' sugar. Thoroughly mix with a spatula and set aside.
  • To assemble: Run the tip of a knife around the edges of the cake. Turn the cake onto a platter and gently remove the parchment paper. Pour the still-warm frosting over the cake and gently spread it out with a spatula. If you wish, you may add sprinkles of your choice before the frosting hardens (NOTE: The cake is soft and moist the first couple days, then hardens like a brownie afterwards if left uncovered-- perfect for packing in school lunches).

  • Is the cocoa supposed to be unsweetened or sweetened?

    • Pati Jinich

      Hi Kristin, unsweetened cocoa.

  • Wow Pati! This cake looks amazing! Saw it yesterday, and am putting it in the oven right now! Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Pati Jinich

      My pleasure, Laura

  • I always wanted a easy yummy cake recepie can’t wait to try it!

    • Pati Jinich

      Thank you, Favi! Let me know how it turns out.

  • Love your show Patti the recipes look great and bringing in the family at the end of your show was really a nice touch. See you again on NET1 here in Lincoln Nebraska.

    • Pati Jinich

      Hola! Thank you for watching in Lincoln!! Let me know if you try any recipes.

  • We saw you do the JUJU bithday cake in your TV show, and we decided to try it. The cake was a success, and is absoulutely delicious. 🙂

    • Pati Jinich

      Hola Deborah, It’s so good to hear you tried the cake and enjoyed it! Thank you for watching.

  • Tamara

    Just made this cake this evening…about to frost it. Can’t wait to taste! 🙂

  • Hi Pati,
    You are lovely and inspirational. I love your show and recipes!

    • Pati Jinich

      Thank you, Debbie! You are so kind!!

  • Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I’ve been looking for years for a chocolate cake recipe that uses sour cream. I just finished watching this episode and quickly came here to write down the recipe….and subscribed to your newsletter.

    • Pati Jinich

      Kathy! Thank you for subscribing to the newsletter!! I hope you try the recipe for JuJu’s Birthday Cake. Juju and I make it all the time.

  • Hi Pati,
    I have a Juju too and this cake is something that I’m sure he will love!
    Love ur show.

    • Pati Jinich

      Oh my gosh, Sharon, you must make the cake for your Juju!! Let me know what he thinks of it!

  • Lourdes

    This cake looks so good. Can I adjust for making it in cupcake form? Will that work?

    thank you and love the show

    • Pati

      Yes, Lourdes, of course you can adjust to make cupcakes!! Let me know how they turn out. Thank you for watching the show!!!

  • Gloria O’Brien-Garcia

    Hi Pati,
    My husband and I just love watching your show, and enjoyed the very yummy JuJu birthday cake recipe, which I will make. Is that a traditional Mexican cake recipe? I am Irish and my husband is Mexican, and I like to pass down recipes to our children from both of our heritages….Thanks, Gloria

  • Francine

    Hello Pati , i really enjoy watching your show , you make the best meals ever and tonight i will be making my husband and daughter this juju cake . Cant wait :))

    • Pati

      I hope everyone enjoyed the cake!! 🙂

  • maria

    Me encanto su programa!!!

    • Pati

      Gracias!!

  • Anna

    Hi — I’m planning on making this cake for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. I plan to make it the night before the party (I’m actually going to frost it with a cream cheese frosting with berry puree because she wants a purple cake)! Do you recommend that I refrigerate the cake after making it or leave it room temp until I frost it before the party?

    Thanks!

    • Pati

      Hi Anna, that sounds like fun! You can just leave it outside the refrigerator and covered… Happy birthday to your daughter!

  • Is it all purpose flour or self-rising flour? I absolutely love your show. I love to listen to you talk. You have a beautiful family.

    • Pati

      Thank you so much, Judy! It’s all purpose flour for the cake. I will add that to the recipe. All my very best to you.

  • Ana

    Hello Patti, I am Portuguese and love to cook and try new recipes, love Mexican food and to watch you show.
    Ana

    • Pati

      Gracias Ana! I’ve still to go to Portugal….

  • Delores Gill

    The recipes from you show are amazing. i am going to make Ju Ju’s birthday cake for my grandsons upcoming birthday on May 23. Thank you for all your simple, yet delicious recipes. And the way you come across on TV is refreshing and kind.

    • Pati

      Gracias Delores! My kids love that cake…

  • Susana

    Hi Pati,

    I was wondering if I could use whole wheat flour instead and skim milk? Will it change the texture at all?

    Thank you!

    • Pati

      Of course you can use it… but of course it will change the texture: give it a try and report back!

  • Delores Gill

    Made JuJu’s birthday cake for my 10 year old grandson. It was delicious!
    The recipe is a keeper…moist and very tasty.

  • Shannon

    This was the most delicious cake I have ever tried. I was worried because I have not been successful in baking in the past, but I nailed it! I used dark chocolate cocoa. My boys LOVED this! Thanks so much Pati!

    • Pati

      YEY!

  • will juju’s cake work with stevia or sucralose instead of sugar?

    • Pati

      It should. Give it a try and let me know how it goes…

  • Lynne

    I made this was gluten free flour today, and it turned out fantastic! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

    • Pati

      Yey! Thank you, Lynne. So happy to hear it works gluten free. 🙂

  • Irene

    Wow this is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made. I don’t have cable and rely on pbs food shows for recipes and you guys never let me down. I did use semi sweet chocolate for the frosting as I ran out of cocoa. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!!

    • Pati

      Great to hear Irene! We never tire of this cake around here…

  • Elizabeth

    Thanks so much Pati, love the recipe and love the clear good instructions =0) God Bless.

  • Paulina Almazocasterjon

    I can’t believe how easy it is!

    • Pati

      Thanks!

  • Susanne

    My daughter and I watched the school lunch episode together and she immediately said, “I want Juju’s birthday cake for my birthday!” It’s the first of your recipes that I’ve actually made (even though I want to make all of them!!) and it was a hit at her birthday party this weekend.The cake is seriously delicious (even 2 days later)and I have a feeling it’s going to become THE birthday cake request in our house for years to come.

    • Pati

      So happy to hear, Susanne! Happy birthday to your daughter!!

  • Pia Pedersen

    I’ve baked this cake many times now. It has become a family tradition! I bring this cake to friends who are sick or to pot luck parties. It is always a hit! The chocolate sauce really makes it rich and decadent.
    Yesterday, I served 80 slices of Juju’s Birthday Cake to Navy League Cadets and their leaders as it was my son’s 12th birthday.
    Everyone wanted the recipe!
    When I want to make it extra fancy, I bake it in a smaller pan so it will be higher, cut in half and fill centre with banana cream (or vanilla pudding) and sliced bananas, decorate top with whipped cream roses and serve with chocolate sauce on the side. Rustic, rich and delicious.

    • Pati

      Hi Pia, I’m so happy your family is enjoying this recipe as much as mine! Love what you are doing with the banana – sounds decadent and delicious!!

  • Ana

    Hi Patty
    Always do this recipe with great results !!! Thank you
    Do you have a vanilla one as easy as this?

  • I saw this yesterday…it looks delicious as is but if I want to give it that Mexican chocolate taste should I use the cocoa combined with cinnamon or can I use a round of Mexican brand chocolate that is used to make the hot chocolate drink? Love your show…you have some of the best recipes…You should be on Foodnetwork and the Cooking Channel. Thank you. Patty

    • Pati

      Yes you can!

  • alexa

    I would love to know that too since my husband is also from mexico and im practicing my mexican receipes.

  • Brandi

    I made this gluten free and it was amazing! However, the icing was a little too rich for my liking. Can’t wait for it to turn brownie texture…will eat with some whipped cream 🙂

    • Pati

      🙂

  • Karen

    Hi Pati.
    I made this cake because it sounded so delicious, but I am trying to cut back on sugar so used one of the popular sugar substitutes. The batter was thicker than I expected. Could that have been the problem? Other than that, it was very good.

    • Pati

      Yes, probably. Sugar substitutes act differently than sugar…