Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Birthday Cake

Yesterday I played the host for a birthday party! Of course, being the host and all, I had to provide the food, so I'm giving you 3 tries to guess what I made. "Cake, cake and cake" - you are correct! I wanted the cake to look like an old-fashioned, all-American birthday cake. The first things that pop into mind when I think of a birthday cake, are colorful sprinkles and glacé cherries. So I used just that. But the coolest part of the cake is that it's a double layer cake, with one vanilla and one chocolate layer. And I don't mean the top layer is vanilla and the bottom layer chocolate (or vice versa). Nope. Something much cooler! Scroll down to see!

Birthday Cake recipe: adapted from Martha Stewart - Baking Handbook & Nigella Lawson - Feast

Chocolate Cake recipe: Nigella Lawson - Feast >> Click Here

Yellow Cake recipe: adapted from Martha Stewart - Baking Handbook

- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup cake flour (not self-rising)
- ½ tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons milk

- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans. Into a medium bowl, sift together flours, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in two parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour.
- Make Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Cake recipe.
- Spoon tablespoons of the yellow cake batter into a prepared cake pan, making sure it only covers one half of the pan. Do the same with the prepared chocolate cake batter. Repeat this process with the other prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the cake pulls away from the pan. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pan and let cool completely.
- Using a serrated knife, trim the tops of the cakes to make level. Place one layer on a cake plate, and spread top with 1 ½ cups Dark Chocolate Frosting. Place the other cake layer on top. Spread the entire cake with whipped cream.

Dark Chocolate Frosting recipe: adapted from Martha Stewart - Baking Handbook

- 400 grams semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons boiling water
- ¾ cup (1 ½ stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¼ cup confectioners' sugar
- Pinch of salt

- Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water. Stir occasionally until chocolate has melted completely.
- Combine cocoa powder and boiling water; stir until cocoa is dissolved.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter, confectioners' sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add melted chocolate. Beat in the cocoa mixture.

Other ingredients for decorating:
- 2 cups cream, whipped
- 20 glacé cherries

Thankfully the cake batters weren't very runny, else I couldn't have done this.

The cakes baked, cooled and leveled.

Place on top of each other (crosswise) and having a yummy dark chocolate frosting in between!

And ta-da! A very happy and colorful birthday cake.

The first slice just happend to be where the cake colors combined, so you get a good view of the checkerboard.

Ow yeah :D!!!


ABowlOfMush said...

This is the cutest cake, I would love this as my birthday cake.
I love really traditional fun looking birthday cakes like this :)

beldandy said...

wow! this is good!

Steph said...

I love your cake! It's so cool and wonderfully decorated.

rookie baker said...

ummm great idea! frost the cake with strawberry icing and TADA! neapolitan cake

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Nearly a zebra cake you have there ;)

It looks fantastic - I especially like the cherries on the top.

Ingrid said...

That's cool and you didn't need special pans.

apparentlyjessy said...

This cake is awesome! I would love you to make me a Birthday cake, if only you didn't live on the other side of the world!!

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