Chocolate Birthday cake. Always hated it. It’s just so run of the mill—pedestrian, if you will. Well that’s what I used to think anyway, until, I found this easy chocolate cake recipe. Of course, I tweaked it a little to make it worthy of an appearance at any Birthday party.
Me? I’ve had some pretty spectacular birthdays. A surprise trip to Hawaii. Three celebrated in New York City baby! One riding a camel in India. And one even inhaling macarons in Paris wearing a beret. (Okay, that last bit wearing a beret? Total fabrication.) But, Dear Reader, I’ve never had one involving chocolate cake. Might need to change that when the next one swings around. (That was a massive hint to any friends reading this.) MC
An Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe
A cake pan 10cm deep or make two and sandwich them together
200g dark chocolate all chopped up
175g unsalted butter
3/4 cups of caster sugar
1 cup of self-raising flour, sifted
1 cup (100g) of almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup (125ml) milk
To top your chocolate cake
300ml of thick cream
150g of dark chocolate chopped
2 Cadbury Flakes or a block of chocolate to grate
2 cartons of mini Corinthian wafers (Woolworths)
Moist Chocolate Cake recipe
- Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and flour cake tin (or tins if you are making two)
- Place chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until melted, making sure the bowl does not touch the water.
- Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes or until pale. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Fold in flour, almond meal, baking powder, milk and melted chocolate.
- Pour mixture into cake pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool slightly, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
How to make Chocolate Ganache
- Heat cream over low heat, add chocolate and stir until melted. Chill until cooled and thick but still sticky
- If you are sandwiching two cakes together, use the ganache hold them together
- Next, spread ganache over cooled cake, making sure you have iced all the sides
How to decorate your birthday cake
- Carefully place Corinthian wafers around the edges of cake, while ganache is still sticky
- Crumble flake bars on top or grate chocolate to cover entire top of cake!
A Chocolate Birthday Cake
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS,
Art direction, styling and photography by MsCritique