Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tree Stump Cake

When I was trying to figure out a cool cake to make for my friend Av's birthday, I realized most of my cakes have been pretty girly. It took a lot of thought to make it more 'manly' and I think the wood grain effect on the top tier made it happen.

To get a wooden effect I kneaded in brown food colouring to the fondant. Once it was an even cappuccino colour, I dipped a toothpick in the food colouring jar and pierced the fondant in various places. Then I rolled it out which created a streak effect.

The bottom tier is a chocolate cake with a mocha buttercream frosting and the top is chocolate with a coconut filling and vanilla buttercream with a hint of lime. I tweaked a recipe from the Hershey site. Here are the details:

Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup fresh brewed coffee

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in large bowl.
3. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes.
4. Stir in boiling water and coffee (batter will be very thin).
5. Pour batter into prepared pans.
6. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

Mocha Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
3 tbsp fresh brewed coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

1. Melt butter.
2. Stir in cocoa. It should turn into a paste.
3. Melt chopped chocolate and stir in to cocoa and butter mixture.
4. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla.
4. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
5. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Makes about 2 cups frosting.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The excess cake you trimmed off to make the stump was "simply DEEElicious" and was shared with friends and eaten with gusto on a rainy recess day! Thanks for giving me the extras you cut off. I loved the frosting with it's hint of coffee , this frosting is the best.

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