It's an absolutely beautiful day today! Too bad I will be at work at the weekend so will miss all the gorgeous sunshine!
I haven't put a cake on for a while so I thought I had better get on Blogger!
Here is a cake that I made for my boyfriend's 18th birthday in February this year. He made a point that it had to be chocolate cake so I went a bit further!
This is one of the cakes that I am most proud of. It turned out so well, even the piped '18' and the stars and swirls worked well!
I made my trusty chocolate sponge and, of course, doubled the mixture to fill up the giant cupcake mould. When I got the cupcake mould it said to use one and a half batter portions but I got greedy and found that doubling it was better anyway.
I put double chocolate butter cream (made with cocoa powder and melted white chocolate) in the centre of the cake and then topped the cake with it. There was a generous 3 layers of butter cream on this one as I had made a bit much!
The day before I melted white chocolate and dark chocolate and piped a large '18' and some stars and swirls to finish off the cake. I got the inspiration for this one from a cake that was called Chocolate Explosion!
Tip: Since this cake I have learnt that piping the numbers backwards makes it a smoother finish when you see them on the cake due to the flat surface!
I topped the cake with the hand piped decorations (starting with the 18 and building an 'explosion' around it), I used galaxy sticks, malteasers and milky bar buttons. As always, the base was surrounded by double chocolate fingers!
The explosion didn't really work all the way around so I improvised on the back!
He asked for chocolate, he got chocolate!
Being a chocoholic myself, I know how much chocolate I would expect when I use the words 'tonnes of chocci' so I went with my instinct!