Admittedly this was from a while back, but why not use the whole month to celebrate the wonderful food that is birthday cake! I don’t know if you have a favourite thing to bake, but birthday cake is mine 🙂
Baking just does that, it makes you smile on the inside. While you’re baking AND eating your creations! Of course we do have the odd moment of testing (making macarons the other day -_-) but we still hang in there 🙂
In the background there, you can see a lovely cheesecake a friend of mine made (she forgot to put the sugar in but I think it tasted perfect! Don’t you love it when things work out?
For some reason I always seem to make different cakes of the same flavour, so I have another more impressive blueberry-chocolate cake to post sometime soon 🙂 In the mean time, here is the recipe!
Easy Blueberry and Chocolate Birthday Cake
2 tsp baking soda
150mls natural oil
3 Tbsp white vinegar
120g frozen blueberries
250g icing sugar
150g dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line two 20 cm diameter cake tins.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda and cocoa together. Make a well and pour in the oil and vinegar. Then pour in the water, making a big mess and mix until smooth. Pour one half into each tin and bake for 25 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Cool in the tins for about half an hour then unmould and cool on wire racks (you could cool completely in the tin if you can’t be bothered).
Meanwhile, to get the coulis done, put the berries into a saucepan and simmer for about half an hour until thick, juicy and cooked through. Chill completely then whiz then up in a blender or pass then through a fine sieve.
For the frosting, soften the butter and whip, then add the sugar in a bit at a time. Beat until thick and soft, then add the blueberry mixture a little at a time, until you have the right shade/ flavour. Any that is leftover can be used to fill the cake.
To assemble, place the bottom layer of the cake onto the serving plate. Spread half the frosting onto it and also spread any leftover coulis on top. Place in the final layer and slather on the rest of that delicious frosting. Yum!
To serve as I did, melt the chocolate and pour it on top. Now is the time to put in some candles if you are presenting it as a birthday cake, otherwise just dig in.
Makes enough for about 12 people, and I’m sorry but I don’t know how longs it lasts as it only was around for ten minutes after the candles were blown out.
I can tell you however that the cakes uniced last well for a few days and you can easily frost/fill the cake up to 12 hours in advance!
Until next time 🙂