I made this cake for my family on Christmas, as a fam we aren’t a big fan of fruit cake… and we are big fans of chocolate. So this is a Christmas cake but chocolate (which honestly is better). The decorating isn’t up to the level I wanted, I kinda run out of white icing but that’s home baking- running out of stuff. I layered the icing and it gave an effect of snow around the cake which I ended up not hating. Like all my cakes this was again a bit of a snowy mess, but its got a bit for everyone, the candy canes, the gingerbread tree and the massive chocolate cake underneath, the filling of the cake is chocolate cream with baileys, I just wanted to add a little more Christmas feel to the cake.
- 220g (7 3/4oz) unsalted butter, softened.
- 220g (7 3/4oz) caster sugar.
- 200g self-raising flour.
- 4 large eggs.
- 1 tsp baking powder.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract.
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder.
- 2 tbsp milk.
To start firstly make the cake batter, mix all the ingredients together and spoon it into 2 buttered cake tins, cook at 180 for 20 mins. Once the cake is cooked leave on the cooling rack. Wile the cake is cooling roll out the white icing, make sure you powder it with icing sugar so it doesn’t get stuck to everyone and everything. Once that’s been rolled out you can make the filling, mix the butter and icing sugar together until fluffy, fold the melted milk chocolate into the butter mix and very slowly add the 50ml of baileys, fold it all in and then pop it on the cake. Sandwich it together and then gently start placing the white icing over the cake. Start round the side of the cake, wrap it all the way around then cut a wonky circle out of the left-over icing and put it on top if the cake, by it being wonky it gives it the effect of snow. To get the icing Christmas trees for round the edge, roll out the green fondant icing and use Christmas tree cutters and stick the around the outside with warmed apricot jam.
To finish over the cake with the final decorating, stick a couple of candy canes in as well as a gingerbread Christmas tree, top with whatever festive things you’d like! I used some icing sugar as snow and a couple of mini snowmen. I piped a 2018 Xmas sign on top of the cake. I finished off by piping butter cream icing around the base of the cake, I think that this gives a good final finish.