Chocolate celebration cake

Having my family (mom, dad, brother and sister-in-law) over for Christmas and New Year and a friend a couple of days ago made me neglect my blog….sorry! I have been baking and cooking quite a lot but didn’t make time for posting…I did think about my blog everyday though!
My brother and his wife came on the 23rd of December and my parents early morning on the 24th. We have been laughing about their arrival date because the 23rd is Adriaans birthday…he got his family-in-law for 2.5 weeks as a birthday present ha ha!
I wanted to make a special birthday cake for Adriaan that would double as a welcoming cake for my family. I decided on something fancy from Wacky cakes & kooky cookies by Gerhard Jenne (if I would have asked the birthday boy which birthday cake he would want, he probably would have answered apple pie….but making apple pie isn’t that much fun and I wanted to do something completely new…sorry darling!).
I don’t remember how many hours it took but I remember going to bed at 1 to finish most of it. Making the decoration was time consuming. Unfortunately I didn’t temper the chocolate (because it didn’t say so in the recipe and also because it’s not a very easy job and I had 3 different kinds of chocolate in very small quantities) so the chocolate decorations don’t look as good as they should. You can see the cocoa butter that ‘seeped’ out while the chocolate was setting.
Adriaan actually liked the cake – but would have preferred apple pie – and thought the cake wasn’t as fat as it looked.

6 medium eggs, separated
a pinch of salt
170 g (¾ cup) caster sugar
grated zest of 2 oranges
125 g (1 cup) flour, sifted
1 ts baking powder
85 g (6 tablespoons) (salted) butter, melted and cooled

Chocolate butter frosting
115 g (½ cup) butter, softened
110 g (1 cup) icing sugar, sifted
45 g (¼ cup) bitter sweet chocolate (70%), melted

Chocolate ganache
+/- 180 g (1 cup) bitter sweet chocolate (70%), finely chopped
225 ml (1 cup) whipping cream

Chocolate decoration
60 g (2 oz) bitter sweet chocolate
60 g (2 oz) milk chocolate
60 g (2 oz) white chocolate

(For the sponge:)
Line the bottom of a 25 cm (10 inch) springform pan with baking paper. Grease with butter and dust with flour.
Preheat the oven at 175ºC (350ºF).
Beat the egg whites with the salt at low speed to break them up. Beat at higher speed and add 2 tbs of sugar. Continue beating and adding sugar until you’ve used ⅔ of the sugar. The egg whites should hold stiff peaks.
Add the remaining sugar, egg yolks and orange zest. Gently fold in the flour and baking powder in 3 batches, using a large metal spoon.
Pour the butter over the surface of the mixture and gently fold it in. Spoon the mixture in the cake pan. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 25 minutes (the center is cooked if the surface springs back when lightly pressed).
Let cool in the pan and turn out when cold. Cut the sponge with a large serrated knife into 3 layers.

(For the frosting with chocolate:)
Beat the butter until creamy. Gradually beat in the icing sugar until the mixture is white and fluffy. Add the chocolate and stir well.
Spread â…” of the frosting onto the 2 layers. Sandwich the layers together, then cover the top and sides of the sponge with the remaining frosting. Chill for 1 hour.

(For the chocolate ganache:)
Bring the cream to a boil and pour it over the chocolate. Stir well until smooth and glossy. Cool.
Cover the top and sides of the cake with half the ganache and chill for 1 hour, or until set. Coat the cake with a second layer of ganache (reheat if necessary). Level the surface with a palette knife. Chill for at least 1 hour, or until set.

Prepare 3 paper piping bags and melt the 3 kinds of chocolate in 3 separate cups. Pipe chocolate stars, suns or other decorations onto baking paper. Leave to set. Attach the shapes with a little melted chocolate onto the cake. Pipe dots of chocolate onto the cake.

1 serving – 520 kcal
100 g – 410 kcal

carbohydrate 49 g – protein 7 g – fat 34 g (saturated fat 20 g) – fibre 0 g

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3 Responses to Chocolate celebration cake

  1. Zoran Kovacevic says:

    Did I say it was delicious? It was!

  2. Astrid says:

    Wow, what a fun cake! Just the kind of project I like, complicated, chocolate, and with the possibility for artistic expression.

  3. This is actually a cake I already posted 2 years ago but I’m reposting it to enter Art You Eat hosted by Molly of Phe/MOM/enom. This first edition of Art You Eat is all about pretty looking chocolate recipes. Luckily old recipes were allowed otherwise

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