Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Birthday cake!

This cake is very dense. But the good thing about that is that if you are a beginner when it comes to stacking cakes dense cakes are a lot easier to work with. They are easier to slice and easier to stack.
I'm a total beginner when it comes to stacking cakes, I think this is my fifth or sixth one but it is the first one that really proud of! 
I used this recipe but made some slight changes to it. It takes a total of about 4 hours to make

What you need:
for the cake:
300g flour
330g sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
8g gelatine powder
1, 25 dl olive oil (yes, olive oil)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2.5 dl water
7 eggs
2 tablespoons sugar

For the frosting:
1.5dl butter
150g dark chocolate
1.5 dl cocoa powder
500g confectioners sugar

How you make it:
Start with the batter: 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 160 degrees. 
Step2: Mix your flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and gelatine powder in a bowl, make sure that there are no lumps. 
Step3: ''dig a hole'' in the middle of the dry ingredients. 
Step4: Separate your egg whites and yolks and put them in different bowls. 
Step5: Pour your olive oil, lemon juice, water and egg yolks into the hole but don't mix them in. Just leave them there.
Step6: Whisk your egg whites with two tablespoons of sugar until you achieve soft peaks. 
Step7: Mix together your flower mixture. 
Step8: Fold in your egg whites in three additions. Use a spatula to fold them in to the batter. 
Step9: Line two pans that are 20cm in diameter with baking paper and divide the batter evenly between them. 

Time to bake the cakes:
Step10: Bake in the oven for an hour. You should be able to stick a toothpick into the middle of the cake and have it come out clean. 
Step11: When you take the pans out of the oven spread out a piece of baking paper and place the cakes up side down so that the pans cover them like a lid. That way you make sure that the moisture stays in the cake and it doesn't become dry. Leave them there for at leas two hours. 

Time to make the frosting: 
Step12: Melt the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a double boiler. 
Step13: In another bowl mix the confectioners sugar and milk. 
Step14: Pour the butter and chocolate into the milk-mix and combine well. 
Step15: Add the cocoa powder. 
If you think that it's still to sweet you can add more cocoa powder or coffee to balance it out. 

Assemble it: 
Step16: Cut the cakes in half (horizontally of course). 
Step17: Place one of the cake layers on a cake stand. 
Step18: spread out a layer of frosting on top of the cake with a spatula or a dough cutter then put another layer of cake on top. Repeat this until you have used all the cake layers (or as many cake layers that you want to use, I stopped at three). 
Step19: clean of the sides of the cake with the spatula and put it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. 

Cover the cake: 
Step20: With a spatula put the last bit of frosting on top of the cake and on the sides and then smooth it out with your spatula or dough cutter. If you want to make the process simpler put the cakes stand on top of a turntable. Make sure that it's centered. 
I toped my cake with a little bit of sprinkles. 

Store it in the refrigerator until you want to serve it. 

As you can see on the picture I still have to work on my layering skills. But at least the cake tasted delicious and looked good on the outside.
I'm going to post a DIY post on how I made the placement cards soon!

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