Sunday, 19 June 2011

Chocolate Birthday Cake :)

well, this is a slightly misleading title, because my dad actually baked the basic chocolate sponge which i was using. but i'm sure you can achieve the same results as me by just using your regular chocolate cake recipe :)

what i'm loving at the moment is this chocolate frosting recipe that i just discovered. it's from Joy of, and you can find the recipe here, so i won't post the whole recipe, only my pictures.
most of the chocolate icing i've made hasn't actually involved chocolate, just cocoa powder, so i was intrigued to see what would happen. i was worried that it would go really hard and be difficult to cut.
but it made a really smooth, whipped texture that was a delight to work with (and eat) and although it did set slightly, it never went hard - it sort of went into a kind of moussy texture rather than crusting over.
i was using a glass cake stand, so that cake was prone to sliding about, so i fastened it to the base with a bit of icing :)
to keep the sponge nice and moist, i spread a little jam over the middle as well as the icing, the slight sweet-sour of the raspberry contrasted nicely with the sweet chocolate.
then you just basically cover the whole cake with the rest of the icing, making sure to have a even coating - there's always arguments in my household over who has more cake/icing than everybody else!

finished off with a glace icing 'happy birthday' the cake is ready for the table :) yumss

sarahh xxx

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