One of our closest friends is celebrating her birthday tonight so we decided to bake a delish birthday cake for her and since another one of our girls chimed in to help, we also baked one for her boyfriend, cause he recently had his birthday too. Now we can show you how we created a boyish and a girly version of the same cake! Here are the ingredients for one cake:
100g dark chocolate
40g cocoa powder
40g ground almonds
3 table spoons maple syrup
2 tea spoons baking powder
1 pack of vanilla sugar
a pinch of salt
for the filling:
250g frozen raspberries (but keep some to decorate the top)
3 table spoons sugar
1 pack of vanilla sugar
for the frosting:
200g of white or dark chocolate (depending on which cake you wanna make)
a shitload of butter (180g to be precise)
another pack of vanilla sugar (we loooove that stuff)
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Start with melting the chocolate and mixing the butter (it should be really soft) and the sugar until nice and creamy then add eggs, almonds, the melted chocolate, vanilla sugar, maple syrup and cocoa powder. After that mix baking powder and flour and carefully add to the rest. Don't forget that pinch of salt, it really brings out the best of the chocolate's flavor! Pour the mix into two round baking dishes (they shouldn't be too big, otherwise your cake will look all flat and sad), but make sure you buttered and floured it first (or put baking paper in it), otherwise you'll experience the nightmare of not getting your cake out of the baking dish. Leave it in the oven for 30 to 35 min.
While you're waiting for your cake to become all soft and delicious, start melting the butter and chocolate for your frosting (don't forget the vanilla sugar!) and mash the defrosted raspberries, adding sugar and -of course- vanilla sugar (is this turning into a running gag?) in a separate bowl. Keep both the the frosting and filling cold until needed.
Is your cake ready? Great, take both cakes out of the baking dishes and let them cool down until they have room temperature. Spread the raspberry mix on the bottom half of the cake and put the other half on top of it. Then take the frosting out of the fridge, color it with food coloring and and fill it in a pastry tube (if you don't have one, just use a ziploc bag, where you cut one corner off). The rest is creativity. You can make little roses like we did, or draw stuff on the cake or if that's all way to kitschy for you, just spread the frosting on the top and sides. And remember, the most important thing for a cake is to taste good!