The first thing I’d like to share with you – also to celebrate ‘by Noëlles’ birthday today – is this colourful kids-dream-come-true chocolate birthday cake. This is the perfect cake for anyone that LOVES chocolate and cannot get enough of it. Personally, I could not eat more than a tiny little slice of this true calorie bomb. A friend of mine however didn’t have any trouble finishing off a quarter of it – by herself!
No matter if you want to bake this cake for a kids birthday or a real chocolate loving adult, it will be a success because it addresses everyones inner child.
Here comes the recipe…
Firstly, you will have to bake the layers. Preheat your oven to 180°C and then proceed as following:
- 350g of flour (use all purpose flour or try mixing different flours when you want a gluten free version)
- 90g of cocoa powder
- 1/2 sachet of baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- mix in a bowl
- 110g of butter
- melt in a small pan and let cool down
- 400g sugar
- 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- mix in a large bowl and beat until it becomes a homogenous, smooth mixture
- 350ml milk
- 250ml boiling water
- alternately add milk and dry mix into the large bowl while beating it using a standing or hand mixer
- then divide the batter evenly into two greased and dusted springforms and bake them about 20min and then test with a wooden stick until it comes out with no batter on it
- half way through the baking time you might wanna add a sheet of aluminium foil on your forms so that the surface of the cakes stays moist and doesn’t get to crispy and dry
- take when through, take them out of the oven and let cool completely
Secondly, you will prepare the chocolate frosting.
- 350g soft butter
- beat until soft
- 500g sifted confectioner’s sugar
- 50g sifted cocoa powder
- 11⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- add to butter and mix at low speed
- 50ml sour cream
- add and mix until everything is combined
- 200g dark chocolate (70%) (melted and cooled down a bit)
- add and mix again until everything is combined
All that’s left for you to do is to assembly the cake and decorate it! Yey!
Take those two springforms and remove the rings. Using a long bread knife (as I think works best) cut each cake in two thinner layers. Put one of the four layers on a nice plate and spread about 1/5 of the frosting on it. Add the second layer and add another fifth on top of it and spread evenly. Continue in this manner until your chocolate tower stands tall. Then use the last fifth to frost the sides.
To decorate the cake feel free to use and edible cute sweets that you can think of! I wanted mine to be like one of my childhood memories so I used mini Smarties to decorate the top and make a little ring around the bottom.
This cake will make someones birthday a very happy birthday – by Noëlle.