September 2, 2012 5:35 PM
Juju's Birthday Cake
POSTED IN: TV Show Recipes , Pati's Mexican Table
TAGS: birthday , cake , chocolate , dessert , EP202 , food , Jinich , Mexican , Pati , Patricia , recipe
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Pastel de chocolate de Juju

For the cake:
1 cup water
2/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup unsalted butter or vegetable shortening
2 cups 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 vegetable shortening or butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup sprinkles, optional

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?

Kristin | September 8, 2012 1:07 PM

Hi Kristin, unsweetened cocoa.

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Kristin | September 8, 2012 3:13 PM

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

Laura | September 9, 2012 1:27 PM

My pleasure, Laura

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Laura | September 11, 2012 5:29 PM

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

Favi | September 15, 2012 1:36 PM

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

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Favi | September 17, 2012 2:28 PM

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.

Required | October 6, 2012 2:48 PM

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. :)

Deborah | October 7, 2012 10:34 PM

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

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Required | October 8, 2012 5:56 PM

Just made this cake this evening...about to frost it. Can't wait to taste! :-)

Tamara | October 13, 2012 10:27 PM

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

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Deborah | October 17, 2012 12:34 PM

Hi Pati,

You are lovely and inspirational. I love your show and recipes!

Debbie | November 13, 2012 12:04 AM

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.

Kathy | November 17, 2012 4:11 PM

Thank you, Debbie! You are so kind!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Debbie | November 21, 2012 12:31 PM

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.

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Kathy | November 21, 2012 4:59 PM

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

Sharon | December 22, 2012 9:02 PM

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

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Sharon | December 28, 2012 5:57 PM