A Chocoholic’s Dream – Chocolate Mud and Kit Kat Birthday Cake

9 Mar

This cake was a bit of an experiment, as I was trying to make a chocolate cake without using chocolate.  That was mostly me not wanting to go to the store, and having a lot of cocoa on hand, however it didn’t end as disastrously as it could have!  The end result was a soft, smooth, chocolatey cake, which was perfect for decorating as a birthday cake.  And, unlike a real chocolate mud cake, this one can essentially be made in one (large) bowl.  You just need a mixer and a sifter!

Ingredients –

  • 185g butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 250g Philadelphia (or cream cheese of your choice), softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

    Decoration:

  • 250 grams Philadelphia
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 blocks Kit Kat chocolate (of your choice, I used white and milk)
  • 1 punnet strawberries
  • Small block of milk or dark chocolate

Method:

Mix butter and sugar until light coloured and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well in between.

Add the cheese, sour cream and vanilla and beat until combined. (you may notice my cake has little white bits in it – this is the cream cheese that I didn’t mix in as well as I should have.  Was trying it out to see if it would look interesting, but if you want a single colour cake, then mix very well at this point!

Fold in the sifted flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb soda.  Spoon the mix into greased and lined 24cm round springform cake tin.

Smooth the batter out to get a more even cake

Smooth the batter out to get a more even cake

Bake in the oven at 180°C for 55mins.  Check if cooked by pushing a skewer through the middle.  If it comes out clean, the cake is done!  You should check after 50mins just in case. Over-baking will dry it out.

Now, while the cake is baking, let’s talk decoration!  The cake will be a huge let down if you don’t add anything to it.  Icing is a must, fruit is optional, and extra chocolate is always welcome.  Plus, in my case, I was decorating a birthday cake, so there was no compromise.  I had to go all out!

White chocolate icing, White and milk Kit-Kat, chocolate shavings and chocolate dipped strawberries. Would you like some more chocolate with your chocolate cake?

White chocolate icing, White and milk Kit-Kat, chocolate shavings and chocolate dipped strawberries.
Would you like some more chocolate with your chocolate cake?

White Chocolate Icing

Super easy!  Take 1 cup full of white chocolate chips, melt them (microwave or stove is fine), and combine with 250g of softened cream cheese.   Depending on what consistency you want, you can also add a dash of thickened cream to make it runnier.  I prefer when it’s a bit more solid, and for the decorations I am using, it needs to help stick them to the cake so, solid is better! But, not everyone likes it, so make it your own.  Mix the chocolate and cheese together and let it sit until you’re ready to spread it onto the cake.  Don’t place it in the refrigerator, that will solidify it too much (think about it, the ingredients you made it from are solid at fridge temp!).

Kit Kat Border

Just open the blocks and break them apart.  Surprisingly, you achieve a better result if you do this with your hands, rather than with a knife.  So strange!  When done, place in bowl ready for later.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Add an elegant touch, and dip some strawberries in chocolate to make your decorations that little bit more impressive (and tasty).  Wash and completely dry your strawberries.  If they have water on them the chocolate will not adhere as well.  Place some baking paper on a cutting board, and make sure you have room in the fridge for these!  Then melt 1/3 – 1/2 a cup of chocolate pieces (again, just microwave them, preferably in the smallest Tupperware you own).  Once 80% melted, just mix with a spoon while the remainder melts.  Dip strawberries one at a time, making sure to cover them evenly.  Twist them slightly to stop chocolate drips, and place carefully onto the covered board.  Once all are done, place in the fridge to solidify that chocolate.  I only made 8, however you can make as many as you wish.

Chocolate shavings

Lastly, to finish the cake off, I also chopped some chocolate finely.  You can use the remainder of the block, or any broken/unusable Kit Kat pieces.  This will be used to fill the gaps so icing doesn’t show through too much.

By now it should be time to check on the cake!

Looking good coming out of the oven...

Looking good coming out of the oven…

Skewer test done, it’s ready to come out.

Flip it over for a nice flat decorating surface

Flip it over for a nice flat decorating surface

Now let it cool down a little, if you start decorating too early, the icing will just melt off it.  30 mins should be enough.  Once that’s done, apply icing to the top, smooth it out, and them apply to the sides.  The sides are being covered up by Kit Kat, so you can be pretty messy with them.  Make sure there is a decent amount on there, it’s the glue, remember!  Keep the top looking nice, as you still want it to be smooth and level for decorating.  Once the icing has been applied, start adding Kit Kat to the sides of the cake, firmly pressing them into the icing.  Sprinkle the top of the cake with the chocolate shavings, concentrating on the places that won’t be covered with other items.  Then, add the strawberries to the top of the cake.  You may also wish to add a ribbon around the cake, it makes it a little bit fancier…

Decorated and ready to decour

Voila! Decorated and ready to devour.

Naturally you don’t need a special occasion to make this cake, as you can see it’s very easy – there was more prep in the decorations than in the actual cake-making!  Vanilla ice cream went very well with it.  This cake keeps amazingly as well, just DO NOT refrigerate it.  It becomes hard and inedible.  Will happily sit out on your counter for up to 3 days, even decorated like so.  This recipe also would make amazing cupcakes.  Enjoy!

A chocoholic's dream

A chocoholic’s dream

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3 Responses to “A Chocoholic’s Dream – Chocolate Mud and Kit Kat Birthday Cake”

  1. emilylewis90 March 10, 2014 at 3:49 am #

    This looks gorgeous

    Like

  2. Lynette Noni March 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    Yuuuuummm!!

    Like

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