Friday, January 25, 2013

Birthday cake

Hola amigos!

Yesterday I decided to wake up early ( and people who know me know that I don't tend to wake up early...unless I have to) and make a birthday cake for my father! :)
In a way it was my gift for him as I didn't know what to give him.

Here is the recipe for those who like to bake! :) This is as simple as it gets...baking a cake isn't a piece of cake after all -_- I tried to explain it step by step...hopefully you get something out of it!

For the base of the cake you are going to need:

2 dl flour
1½ dl corn starch
1½ dl coco powder
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
150 g butter
3 dl sugar
3 eggs
3 dl milk

1. Grease the baking tin with butter and apply a thin layer of bread crumbs.
2. Mix the butter and the sugar and add the eggs one at a time.
3. Combine the dry ingredients.
4. Add the flour mixture and the milk at the egg-butter mixture in small batches.
5. Put the mixture in the baking tin and leave it in the oven for 50-60 min on 175 degrees.

While you are waiting for the cake to get ready you can start making the fillings! I made two different fillings, but if you want to make only one just double the ingredients of the one you prefer.
When you take the base out of the oven leave it for 15 min to cool down and then turn it over. Cut it in three slices.
 1. Start by putting one layer of cake. Wet it with milk so that it gets moist. (It has to be moist enough otherwise it will be dry and not so tasty) I can't say exactly the amount of milk you will need...probably about 3 dl.
2. Apply the chocolate filling.
3. Put another slice of cake on top and wet it again with milk.
 Keep doing the same thing by applying the cappuccino filling and the last cake layer by wetting it with milk again. Leave it in the fridge for a few hours.
 For the decoration you are going to need :
130 g milk chocolate
3/4 dl cream

Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Heat the cream so that is a bit hot and add the melted chocolate until the mixture is even. Apply it on the cake.

( You don't need to do this, but I thought it would look a bit nicer! )
Melt some white chocolate and do white stripes. Take a toothpick and pull the lines towards one direction.
Clean the edges and leave it in the fridge for 15-20 min.
 Whip 3 dl cream and apply it around the cake with a spatula. Make this flourishing design (hehe I don't how to say it in english...sorry!) on the edges and add some marzipan roses for decoration ( I bought them ready from the store).
You can also add some nonpareil pearls
It was fun to make this cake!
Hope this was helpful and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! :)