My sweet boy Aaron recently turned 19. And he has been a lover of all things camping in the past several years. So, first of all, I had asked him what kind of cake he wanted. He said he wanted homemade chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I remembered that my Mom used to make a super moist chocolate cake when I was a kiddo and I asked her about it. She didn't have the recipe but she said she knew the secret ingredient in it was mayonnaise. So I went on a mission and found a chocolate mayo cake recipe. I then decided to surprise him with camping theme and found these adorable decorations in a set on amazon. Just look up camping cake toppers.
I found the cake recipe on foodnetwork.com but I didn't use the buttercream recipe it had. I used a different frosting recipe. I found it on sallysbakingaddiction.com Here is the chocolate buttercream frosting I made:
I love that the cake topper set I found even had a tent that you could light up with the silhouette of a camper inside. I also ordered a set of cake topper plastic forest trees. And then I used sprinkles and colored sugar to add water and green grass. It was so fun to do! And the cake turned out moist, delicious and rich. So yummy! 😋
Aaron loved it and especially the camping surprise. ⛺️ 🌲
And finally here is the recipe I used for his cake: