Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spring garden chocolate butter cake



chocolate cake
4 oz unsweetened chocolate chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup boiling water
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk

Mix the chopped chocolate, cocoa powder and water together, leave it a side to cool.
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.  Beat butter till it is smooth and add sugar.  Beat the mixture until it is fluffy.  Add vanilla and melted chocolate mixture, beat to combine.  Add flour and milk alternately.  Beat till it is mixed.  

Prepare two 9" pans with wax paper, butter the sides and bottom.  Divide the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the tops.  Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes until the tops spring back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove the pans from the oven and leave it on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.  Remove the cake from the pans and cool completely before frosting.
I halved this recipe from here to make this cake.


For the center of the cake
1 cup whip cream
1 tbsp jam

Whip the whipping cream until it has peaks and add jam.  Apply in-between the layers.  
Instead of this you can also use the frosting below to layer the cakes.

For the buttercream frosting
2 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tbsp meringue powder optional
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp or more whipping cream *

* Can also use milk.  The amount of cream depends on the consistency that you like the frosting to be.  
To get a spreadable consistency add 1 tbsp whipping cream at a time.  
If you want to put a second layer of icing leave it aside till the first coating of icing settles and then apply the icing again.  
I only put one layer of icing for this cake.  I let the icing on the cake settle before piping the flowers and butterflies with a thicker consistency icing.  
I made the same icing for these cupcakes, in addition to this Spring garden cake for my daughter's birthday.

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45 comments:

  1. Wow awesome cake... I am drooling here

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  2. Super wonderful cake !! excellent frosting !!

    Ongoing event
    CC:Spring Seasonal Food

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  3. Happy birthday to your daughter cake looks awesome.

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  4. What a pretty cake! Happy Birthday to your princess!

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  5. Looks absolutely beautiful! I would love to try some.

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  6. These cake frosting looks so yuMmyyyy!!!!

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  7. Beautifully decorated and delicious!

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  8. Hi Akheela, your cake look beautiful. Love your spring decoration, so cute.

    Have a lovely evening, regards. Amelia

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  9. Lovely and yummy

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  10. What a beautiful cake!! You are very talented :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  11. Cake Luks very pretty and Delicious,dear.

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  12. Delicious and yummy cake...looks beautiful too

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  13. Delicious cake...love the icing too

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  14. beautiful & very tempting..very well done..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  15. grt presentation dear,cake looks wonderful.

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  16. What a beautiful cake!! I love your spring garden theme!! Superb job. :) Have a great week! ~ Ramona

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  17. This cake must have been just nice and not over the top sugary taste as I can that you have used unsweetened choc and cocoa powder. I don't eat much desserts but a small slice of this wonderful cake will be great as a finale after my dinner.

    Lovely finishing esp with the little flowers and deco on top.

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  18. Yummy looking cake, nice work with the decorations. Happy Birthday to your little princess :)

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  19. wow delicious cake and deco luks so pretty...

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  20. Wow looks so beautiful!! u done very well chef:).

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  21. very beautiful and colourful cake

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  22. Lovely birthday cake! I'm pretty sure it tastes wonderful too!

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  23. Looks so beautiful .I loved the colorful icing

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  24. Wow, I love how you decorated this cake...really pretty. Happy Birthday to your daughter :)
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

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  25. Beautifully decorated cake,looks delicious..

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  26. Oh, my gosh, what a beautiful cake! You've decorated it perfectly...such talent!!!

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  27. beautiful cake..loved the frosting :)

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  28. Such a pretty cake.... perfect for spring.

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  29. happy birthday to your daughter....she must've been thrilled with beautiful cake!its gorgeous...and the chocolate cake..yum!

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  30. Happy Birthday to your little girl! What a beautiful cake to celebrate!

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  31. Cake looks gorgeous,belated birthday wishes to ur daughter,,

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  32. Happy Belated B-day to you daughter! Cake look wonderful, pretty and perfect for a girl's birthday!

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