I chose a new chocolate cake recipe. I have been seeking one that is made of pantry ingredients, is decadent but not extravagant, will hold its shape and is easy to make. Baking the cake was fairly straight forward. The main drawback was that it used three bowls. It tasted fantastic. Rich and dense but not so intense you can only eat a sliver. I think it might be a keeper.
Lick the Spoon. I think I just need a little practice. Using my silicone piping bag made it easy to pipe blobs of icing around the side. Smooshing each blob down neatly with a spoon was a matter of convincing the icing and spoon to part ways. I found it easiest if I dipped the spoon in hot water and dried it on a clean cloth every now and again before pushing the spoon into each blob. A taller cake would have made the effect look more impressive. Maybe next time.
My other issue was getting the colours right (for the ombre effect). You may notice that my two bottom colours looks quite similar. I used a lot of food colouring and finally decided it was quite enough. If I did this again I think I would try and find a powdered colouring that hopefully would be more potent and not change the consistency of the frosting so much. It used a lot of icing but looked so much prettier than my usual cakes. The sprinkles on top were Sylvia's artwork!
I recognised this as a scene from her favourite cartoon, Peppa Pig. In the episode called "Mummy Pig's birthday". Mummy Pig has to wait outside while Peppa and her family get the cake ready. On the show, Mummy Pig sits outside and twiddles her thumbs. Whereas I watered the garden and pulled out a few weeds and checked the citrus trees for gall wasp. It amuses me that the show is written from a child's perspective where the parents just have nothing to do once out of their sight!
I am sending this cake to Karen at Lavender and Lovage for the Tea Time Treats (which she hosts with Janie from The Hedgecombers). This month the theme is Chocolate. The original decorated cake I was imitating had pink icing which would make this perfect for Valentines Day.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Chocolate and berry pizza
Two years ago: Bush birthday banana cake and other self catering ideas
Three years ago: Queso dip, enchiladas and food processor
Four years ago: My Camera Birthday Cake
Five years ago: Birthday treats, heat and intrigue
Six years ago: A birthday cigar
Ultimate chocolate cake
Adapted from Drizzle and Drip
43g self raising flour
43g plain flour (I used wholemeal)
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
80g brown sugar
80g caster sugar
2 heaped tbsp Dutch processed cocoa
1 egg (room temp)
1 egg white
2 tbsp and 2 tsp vanilla or plain yoghurt
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 170 C. Grease and line a 15cm round cake tin. (For a 20cm round cake tin, you should double the recipe - as at Drizzle and Drip.)
Melt chocolate and butter in a small mixing bowl (in the microwave or if on stovetop use a small saucepan). Set aside.
Mix the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
Beat egg and egg white for a minute or two until the colour is lighter and the eggs are frothy. Briefly bean in yoghurt.
Pour melted chocolate mixture, egg mixture and apple cider vinegar into the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
Bake for about 50 minutes or until it smells cooked, the side of the cake is pulling away from the side of the tin and the skewer inserted into the centre comes out cleanly. Sit 5 minutes. Cool on a cake rack.
Buttercream frosting (or icing)
Adapted from Birthday Cakes for Kids by Annie Rigg.
300g icing sugar
1-2 tbsp water or milk, if required
food colouring, preferably powdered
Use electric beaters to beat butter until creamy and then gradually beat in icing sugar. If the icing is a little stiff to spread add a drizzle of water or milk to loosen it up. Stir in food colouring as desired.
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