three tiered double chocolate mini cake with chocolate marshmallow frosting & sprinkles

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.

three tiered double chocolate mini cake with chocolate marshmallow frosting & sprinkles

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.

three tiered double chocolate mini cake with chocolate marshmallow frosting & sprinkles

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

Three Tiered Double Chocolate Mini Cake with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting & Sprinkles

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


for the cakes:
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
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
Sprinkles, garnish

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 Cookbook

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39 Responses to “three tiered double chocolate mini cake with chocolate marshmallow frosting & sprinkles”

  1. #
    SunĂ© Moolman — August 5, 2014 at 03:58

    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!

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    Kathryn — August 5, 2014 at 04:10

    Happy happy blog birthday!!

  3. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — August 5, 2014 at 05:34

    Happy 4th birthday CGM! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next year and beyond!! PS- this cake!?!? yum.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — August 5, 2014 at 06:04

    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

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    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — August 5, 2014 at 06:09

    What a lovely post. Congrats on the four-year mark! Love this blog and LOVE this cake! SPRINKLES!

  6. #
    Tieghan Gerard — August 5, 2014 at 06:42

    Congrats Lauren!! Happiest blog birthday. This cake looks amazing and double chocolate? Yes!!!

  7. #
    Liren — August 5, 2014 at 06:49

    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!

  8. #
    Vijay @ NoshOnIt — August 5, 2014 at 06:54

    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!)

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    molly yeh — August 5, 2014 at 07:00

    happy fourth, climbing grier mountain!!!! yayayayyy!!! this cake is THE CUTEST!

  10. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — August 5, 2014 at 07:09

    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

  11. #
    Rebecca {foodie with family} — August 5, 2014 at 07:23

    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.

  12. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 5, 2014 at 07:26

    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

  13. #
    Erika — August 5, 2014 at 07:39

    Wow! Happy Blog Birthday to you my dear!

  14. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — August 5, 2014 at 07:40

    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!

  15. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — August 5, 2014 at 08:58

    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!

  16. #
    Ashley — August 5, 2014 at 09:01

    Aww, happy blogiversary! Such a beautiful space you’ve created here. :) If you need help eating this cake I’m not far! xo

  17. #
    Julia — August 5, 2014 at 09:39

    Congrats!! You have a beautiful blog with such unique and delicious recipes! Cheers to many more years of blogging!

  18. #
    Matt Robinson — August 5, 2014 at 10:08

    What an awesome accomplishment, congrats!! Here’s to many more years:)

  19. #
    Kate @ Diethood — August 5, 2014 at 13:32

    Cheers to many, many more years!! xo

  20. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 5, 2014 at 15:31

    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

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    Eileen — August 5, 2014 at 16:14

    Happy blogiversary, and hooray for cake too! :) Eat ALL the chocolate!

  22. #
    Meredith — August 5, 2014 at 18:42

    Congratulations on the milestone! Now I need this cake!

  23. #
    Jeanne (NanaBread) — August 5, 2014 at 20:07

    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

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — August 5, 2014 at 20:15

    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! :)

  25. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — August 6, 2014 at 00:06

    Wishing you a very happy blogiversary!!!

  26. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 6, 2014 at 07:49

    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!

  27. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — August 6, 2014 at 08:30

    Congrats on four years filled with incredible recipes!

  28. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — August 6, 2014 at 10:06

    Congrats! What a great way to celebrate!

  29. #
    Geri Wurth — August 6, 2014 at 20:09

    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!

    Love you,


  30. #
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — August 7, 2014 at 06:33

    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!
    Happy blogiversary!

  31. #
    ashley - baker by nature — August 7, 2014 at 06:51

    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

  32. #
    Lauren — August 7, 2014 at 15:41

    Happy Blogiversary! What an awesome way to celebrate. Love the photos of this cake. The dark background against the candle is beautiful!! Well done!

  33. #
    Joanne — August 9, 2014 at 04:22

    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.

  34. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 9, 2014 at 23:38

    Happy Bloggy Birthday! This cake is all kinds of fantastic!

  35. #
    Russell from Chasing Delicious — August 11, 2014 at 08:57

    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!

  36. #
    marla — August 11, 2014 at 09:36

    Beautiful cake & post!! Happy 4th ~ you are amazingly talented & entertaining!!

  37. #
    Cassie — August 11, 2014 at 18:38

    Congrats on four years, lovely! Cheers to another fabulous year!

  38. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 11, 2014 at 20:31

    A big ol’ happy 4 year anniversary. You and your blog are amazing. Love this cute cake.

  39. #
    Rachel Cooks — October 28, 2014 at 18:50

    Congrats on 4 wonderful years! Maybe this year we’ll finally meet. :) xo

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