It was my hubby's birthday. Last Nov.
My hubby loves chocolate and each year, I'll think of something chocolate for him. 2011 was Chocolate Enigma Cake, 2010 was German Chocolate Cake. 2009 was..... a failed mango baked cheesecake that he told me to dump after blowing candles because it smelt and tasted like grass. And before that... nothing.
This year, he had already warned me about making "pudding" cakes for him. He wants to eat cake and cream, not jelly or lots of fruits. He wants more cake than anything else. And since I learnt how to make proper buttercream, he has never failed to express his liking for it.
And so, I planned to prepare a plain old sponge cake with buttercream, and that's it. Make it old fashioned with peanut nibs (You can't find peanut nib cakes nowadays, right? Errr.. maybe it's just me who is blind can can't see them at the bakeries). And to add to the 'old-fashioness' I'm going to make a old fashioned party spread for him.
Now, how do I define old fashion. Something no longer in trend, LOL.
In those days, back in the 70's and 80's, from the pictures I saw most birthday parties seem to have a buttercream cake, with star pipings, fried chicken (or curry chicken, but kids parties were fried chicken), fried noodles, fruit (either cut up apple, oranges or watermelon, there weren't much imported fruits that time, even Kiwi was unheard of, lemons unseen), agar-agar (especially with coconut, tinted pink and cut diagonal), cordial and tidbits (peanut in shells, poured out Twisties, prawn crackers , added to crowd the table) . And that's what he had too as a small kid.
Nowadays, it's fondant cakes (or at least fresh cream cakes), western food, pastries and desserts, cake pops, fancy jellies, soft drinks in cans or packet drinks, salad, and I sure do know you will think of much more.
|Fried Egg Noodles, Fried Rice Vermicelli, Store bought fried chicken, watermelon basket, coconut agar-agar, orange cordial and the CAKE!|
(Ignore the girl)
Haha.. look at the food, does it brings you back to all the yonder years?
At least mine.
A buttercream sponge cake can be a bit plain in view as I am not good in fancy piping, like roses or whatever.
And did he love this cake, you bet! He kept on saying, "Now this is what I call cake," and he loves how the cake looks.
It totally does not look perfect when cut, but to him, it looks special
Mocha Checkerboard Cake
Recipe source: WendyinKK
(If you can’t bake 2 pans at once, separate this part into 2)
6 egg whites (from Grade A eggs weighing 65gm shells on)
½ tsp cream of tartar
3 egg yolks
30gm vegetable oil
60gm cake flour
30ml hot water
2 tsp instant coffee (Nescafe Classic)
3 egg yolks
30gm vegetable oil
45gm all purpose flour
15gm cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 portions of Swiss Meringue Buttercream
1 cup peanut nibs
Chocolate ganache made from (15gm whipping cream and 15gm dark chocolate)
1. Prepare 2 8-inch pans, line the base with baking paper. Preheat oven at 150(fan)/170C.
2. Prepare coffee layer mixture. Melt coffee granules in hot water. Let it cool down and combine with the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Set aside and do the meringue.
3. Prepare the chocolate layer mixture. Mix cocoa powder with very hot water. Let it cool down and combine with the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Set aside and do the meringue.
4. Weigh egg whites and record the weight. (keep in mind weight of egg whites + sugar)
5. Beat egg whites until frothy, add in cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks. Gradually put in sugar and beat until stiff (hooked peak).
6. Remove half the meringue (be accurate by weighing) and fold into the coffee mixture.
7. Fold the balance of meringue into the chocolate mixture.
8. Pour both batter into prepared pans and bake for 30 mins.
9. Remove from oven and place on rack. After a short while, gently release the sides and let cake cool down totally in pan.
1. Remove from pan and slice each cake into 2 layers.
2. Cut each layer into 3 rings.
3. Using buttercream as “glue”, paste the rings together, alternating the flavours.
4. Do a crumb coating with the buttercream on cake, put into freezer for 10 mins.
5. Remove from freezer and do a full frosting on cake.
6. Pat peanut nibs onto side of cake.
7. Pipe ganache onto cake.
8. Pipe stars on rim of cake.
9. Keep at room temp (if it’s going to be served soon), or chill in fridge.
*Take note that there will be an extra layer, I just ate those up. Or you can just stack another layer, but I’m lazy.
Oh yes, I'm sure many of you have always wondered, how do I cope with baking, cooking and 3 kids
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Aspiring Bakers #18 Layers of Love (April 2012)
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