It was my birthday last week. The big 3-0! I had decided to celebrate this with a party. themed “Childhood Heroes”. It was great to see everybody putting so much effort into getting dressed up as their favourite childhood character.
Alice in Wonderland, Strawberry Shortcake and a fairy were dancing among popstars and Holiywood heroes like Madonna, Magnum, Crocodile Dundee and Indiana Jones.I decided to have a cake like we used to get from my mother when we were growing up. Chocolate cake covered in chocolate, decorated with Smarties and Gummibears. For a slightly bigger and more grown-up version I chose to fill the cakes with honeycomb buttercream.
For the cakes I used Planet Cake’s recipe with slightly less sugar. Please note I made two different sized cakes. The recipe is for a 21cm diameter cake (7cm high). The ingredients in brackets are for a 25cm diameter tin, about 7.5cm high.
Process the honeycomb in a food processor, set aside. Beat together butter and icing sugar until well combined. Add the honeycomb and mix so it’s even distributed.
To fill the cake, cut into three even layers. Spread honeycomb buttercream on the layer, stack with the second cake round, layer with more buttercream and finish off with the last cake round. Coat the chocolate before adding the second cake on top.
Chocolate Coating (make seperate for each cake!)
2x 250g dark cooking chocolate
2x 75g butter
Melt the chocolate and butter together and stir until completely combined. Make the chocolate coating for each cake individually as it will set to a hard consistency.
Spread the melted chocolate on top the cake and smooth down the sides. Decorate with Smarties and Gummibears. Add the second cake on top and proceed in the same manner of layering as you did with the first cake. Top with more chocolate coating and decorations.
The cake keeps for 3 weeks in the fridge, not that I think it would ever last this long! I did bake the cakes a few days before the party though and kept them tightly wrapped in the fridge.
Serve at room temperature.
Cake recipe adapted from Planet Cake.