It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Sorry about that, I had the best of intentions but you know how that goes when other things don’t line up as well, it kind of goes flat and then so did my efforts. So, I figured I would come back with a bang and that bang is this cake which I am sure you have seen floating around on Pinterest in it’s original glory which is from Art of Dessert.
When I first saw it I must admit I drooled, I think that everyone did. If you didn’t drool all over your keyboard or phone (whichever you saw it from) you lie or maybe you just don’t have free flowing saliva like me? Lucky.
Now you also may have noticed that this was for a second birthday, and you could be thinking “that’s not a good kid cake” and you might be right except for my son is a total and complete chocoholic. He will eat chocolate at any chance he could get, what kid wouldn’t, right? I figured this cake would be the perfect birthday cake for him and well, I wanted to make it and any excuse will do.
He had a blast sticking his fingers in the frosting and trying to steal the eggs on top, and sticking his fingers in the chocolate drizzle as well. I think he had more fun stealing bits of the chocolate here and there than anything else. Little thief.
With this cake, instead of the candy bars on top I used Cadbury creme eggs because they were on sale since Easter had just passed. When I make it again (oh, and I will) I will definitely use different candy bars because I think that the creme eggs were a bit of an overkill. This cake was insanely rich and delicious.
I just used a boxed mix for the cake itself because I didn’t feel like making a cake from scratch so Betty Crocker lead the way with it. For the frosting I used a chocolate buttercream recipe which is like all others except that it used heavy cream instead of milk, I think I prefer it with the cream, it was delicious and silky.
On the sides of the cake were chocolate chips pressed into the side which I must say, was absolutely messy to do! I ended up with chocolate buttercream all over my hand.
The top, as I mentioned previously, was creme eggs just put on it as well as chocolate drizzled on the top. By the time it was done I swear you could have taken the whole lot off like it was a top, it was quite awesome.
I think the birthday boy quite enjoyed it as well, and that’s what makes me the most happy.
- 2 sticks of room temperature butter
- 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla - I forgot this though, your world will not crumble if you do too
- 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
- Cream together the butter and sugar, then slowly add the cocoa powder.
- Add cream until you get the consistency you want for spreading. Just do it a little at a time and you should be good. Add the vanilla.