An extra large birthday cake was needed recently for a combined birthday and house warming celebration. I was so impressed with the sponge that I made for the Chocolate Mocha Layer Cake earlier on this year, that I was determined to make it once again. It is also quite a large cake. The dilemma was what to sandwich and top it with. As I was a bit unsure of the audience involved, I thought a general crowd pleaser would be the best option, so chocolate fudge icing it had to be. This is what I did:
- Melted 200g 70% dark chocolate and left to cool slightly.
- Creamed 170g unsalted butter with 350g soft brown sugar until my arm was incapable of beating any more and the mixture was light and creamy.
- Beat in the chocolate.
- Beat in eggs yolks from 3 large eggs (reserving the whites for later use).
- Sifted in 370g flour (20g quinoa, 175g wholemeal, 175g white), 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda and 1/2 tsp salt.
- Stirred in 250g Greek yogurt and 250g water.
- Whisked eggs whites until soft peaks formed then folded into the batter with a metal spoon.
- Divided between two 22cm cake thingies and baked at 180C for 30 mins.
- Melted 100g 70% dark chocolate and 100g 35% milk chocolate with 30g unsalted butter then stirred until smooth.
- Put 50ml water, 2 tbsp golden syrup and 1 tbsp cocoa in a pan. Gently heated and stirred until mixture was smooth.
- Stirred this into the chocolate together with 100ml double cream.
- Left to cool completely then used half of the mixture to sandwich the two cakes together and spreading the remainder on top.
- Decorated with little gold stars.
For once nothing went wrong with this cake and with four bars of chocolate in it, I was mightily relieved. It turned out as good as I could have wished for – in fact I was particularly proud of this one. The cake disappeared as soon as it was cut into and I only just managed to save a couple of pieces for the host and hostess – it obviously wasn’t big enough after all. Luckily, a friend saved me a bit of her slice or I would not have been able to verify that it was indeed as good as it looked.