Chocolicious Chocolate Cake !

 A Chocolicious Chocolate Cake !

About a month ago, my friend ordered a chocolate birthday cake for one of her kids.  It was timely as I was on vacation leave a day before her kid's birthday so I had time to prepare and bake the cake.

 The cake was enclosed with Arnott's Chocolate Stikko accentuated by a red ribbon


Ingredients :

1 3/4 Cups (245 grams) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated white sugar
3/4 cup (75 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-processed)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup (240 ml) warm water
1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
1/2 cup (120 ml) canola oil (or other flavorless oil)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions :

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C)
2.  Butter or spray with a non-stick vegetable spray a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) pan and set aside
3.  In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
4.  In another large bowl, whisk together eggs, water, milk, oil and vanilla extract.
5.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir or whisk until combined.  You will notice that the batter is quite thin.
6.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
7.  Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.  When completely cooled, frost it with the chocolate frosting.

Chocolate Frosting : 

1 1/3 Cups (160 grams) confectioners sugar, sifted
2/3 Cups (150 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
4 ounces (120 grams) chocolate syrup (Tried to use a syrup instead of chopped chocolate which you still need to melt in a saucepan of simmering water)

Garnishings :  

To decorate the cake I used Arnott's Chocolate Stikko, Oreo cookies, chocolate chips (white and choco),  egg-shaped almond white chocolates, almond chips

The yummy cake with the Happy Birthday topper and candles
Photo courtesy of my friend, Bim-Bim Montiel

I am happy that they loved the cake and according to my friend, it was totally wiped out :)

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Kiddie Cake and Cupcakes

Kiddie Cake

This is actually a late post. I made this cake and cupcakes more than a month ago during our village's trick or treat day for the kids and kids at heart who were visiting our family that day.

Bright and Colorful
The cake is a delicious carrot cake and to decorate the cakes and cupcakes,  I used the gummi goodies or candies  that children loves to eat ~ gummi bears, gummi worms, gummi stripes belts and gummi red and black raspberries.

Gummi bears
This popular gummies were invented in Germany by Haribo Company under the brand name "Gummibar" (Rubber Bear)Haribo is founded by Hans Riegel  Sr., a candy maker from Bonn in 1920

 Gummy worms
The gummi worms was introduced by Trolli, a brand of the German company, Mederer GmbH which  is the second largest manufacturer of gummi candy in Germany, just behind Haribo.
Gummi red and black raspberries
Gummi Raspberries have a rich raspberry taste and a chewy gummi texture and more delicious than the real raspberries so kids love them.

This cupcakes are peach flavored cupcakes and I also used ice cream cones and chocolate chips for decorations.

Chocolate chips for the eyes, gummi worm for the mouth and gummi candy for the head dress

I cut a portion of an ice cream wafer cone and made it into a crown

To make the cupcakes look like a mummy, I used the gummi stripe belts 

A mummy cupcake
The eyes are egg-shaped chocolates with almonds inside

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