The last and final challenge for Buttles UK Great Bakes fundraising endeavour had the theme BIRTHDAY CAKE.
How would you describe a Birthday cake?
Do the words candles, chocolate and sprinkles roll off your tongue? Or are you thinking of some fantastic children’s movie inspired design using meters of fondant and requiring 3days of uninterrupted sleep in order to create???
I had wonderful ideas of making some fantastic child inspired type of cake… maybe a *choo choo train*… and then I took a long hard look at my capabilities and decided that although I love to bake – the beautification of a cake has never been my forte…
So back to the drawing board.
Fortunately – I found a deliciously inspiring Chocolate Victorian cake recipe in the Olive magazine (November 2012 issue)… what I would call a *grown up* birthday cake… and then took some inspiration from the blog of Cookie Monster - who had created something called a *hot tub* cake (a round chocolate cake surrounded by kitkat chocolate fingers…. to look like a hot tub!)
I *upped* my game and through M&M’s into the mix as well (because too much chocolate is enough too much! right?!?)
In terms of the Victorian part of the cake – a definite make-again recipe… but the decorating portion remains somewhat of a task for me… so I would happily drizzle a ganache of it and be done with it… unless of course it was for a Birthday!
Chocolate Victorian Birthday Cake
175g self-raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tin of caramel
2 -3 boxes of chocolate finger biscuits (or kitkats)
big bag of M&M (or smarties)
- Place all cake ingredients into a food processor and whiz together until smooth
- Place into a greased cake tin
- Bake for 30min at 170C
- I used 1 tin and then cut the cake in half when it was cool – but you can bake this in 2 cake tins if you prefer, just reduce cooking time.
- Use the caramel as a sandwich filling for the 2 halves of the cake
- melt chocolate & butter together
- Cut chocolate finger biscuits in half and dip the one side in the melted chocolate and stick onto the side of the cake (melted chocolate will act like glue the edible kind)
- Pour remaining chocolate over the top of the cake and cover in M&M’s