My construction loving 4 year old requested a truck cake for his birthday. He was very specific that it should be chocolate cake with orange frosting and green letters. I didn't have a chocolate cake mix on hand, but I found this recipe in the "Keeping Up Cookbook" and it was fabulous.
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter- softened
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups boiling water
Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside. In another bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla. Mix in the boiling water and then add the eggs and beat until well combined. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
I am positive that we have posted our favorite frosting recipe already, but I will include it for yourconvenience. If you are looking for a great tasting basic buttercream, this is your recipe.
1/2 cup (one cube) butter- softened
4 cups (a one pound bag is perfect) powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat together butter and powdered sugar until the butter is well incorporated. Add milk and vanilla and beat well. At this point, you can add a little more milk if the frosting seems too thick and color as desired.