20 November 2013

Boogie Baking Bonanza: Part IV Chocolate Guiness Cake

For Part I | Part 2 | Part 3 of the 'Boogie Baking Bonanaza'.

Now this was supposed to be a nice idea for my brother's birthday cake, but as he was home the evening I made it and very much present in the kitchen at all times, there was no way it could be a surprise.

I've made a Chocolate Guiness Cake before, but it was a bit bitter and quite dry, so I was slightly apprehensive about this recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery. I needn't have been - as always it was moist and full of sugar (in a good way obviously). For the Chocolate and Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies see Part I.

I made only two thirds of the frosting, which was plenty to cover the cake, especially seeing as there is no layers to sandwich together. I attempted to use stensils and the hot chocolate shaker to dust little stars on the cake. It didn't work out so I just coated the thing in a thick old layer of hot chocolate. It got to the point that the cake became some sort of celebratory choking hazard. A few quick blows on the cake out of the back door fixed the problem and the coating was now at an edible level. It was really enjoyed by everyone, even my Mum, who is normally so unfussed by my baking, much to my annoyance.

The frosting was the last step of the evening's mad baking activity and I have to say my team were some what lagging. This may be to do with the fact that we had all had dinner and were consequently comotosed by the food. I hasten to add that I wasn't giving up and keep it up til the very end.

Obviously Callum was serenaded with some attrocious Happy Birthday harmonies that my family picked up when we were all in choir. Yes, yes we were actually all in choir at one point... it's a time of my life that I find quite traumatising to remember.

All in all I think that this would be a great Birthday cake if you're new to baking. When you're under pressure you don't want to be thinking about multiple cakes or sliding layers, so this baby fits the bill perfectly. I did try to get some decent pictures, but everyone was more interested in filling their stomachs than my iPhoto.
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