20 December 2011

Chocolate Overload Barrel Cake

Finally i got to make the barrel cake :). I'd been planning on making this for a some months now and after the birthday was over my hubby asked if i was satisfied :D. I enjoyed putting it together and everyone enjoyed delving into it...SATISFACTION!!!!

I used choice of chocolates that my son loves. For the top chocolate filling i used about 200 grams of handmade chocolates and 1 packet of M&Ms, and munch bars for the barrel. Here's the recipe for the cake and frosting.

11/2 Cups - All Purpose Flour
2 Tbsp - Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 Tsp - Baking Powder
3/4 Tsp - Baking Soda
1/2 Cup - Sugar
1 Tsp - Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup - Milk
1/2 Cup - Veg' Oil
2 - Eggs

For the filling and frosting:
1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons (160 g) softened butter
3 cups powdered sugar or confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 to 5 tablespoons lukewarm milk

Preheat Oven @ 180 degrees C. Grease a 9inch baking tray and keep aside
Sieve all the dry ingredients together and keep aside
Blend the Oil, Milk and Sugar till creamy
Add the eggs to the sugar mixture one at a time and whisk till well combined then add the vanilla extract and mix well
Pour the wet over the dry ingredients and mix well (incase the batter is too thick, add milk 1 tbsp at a time) 
Transfer the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake it for 25-30 minutes or till the tip of the toothpick   inserted in the center comes out clean
Cool the cake completely

For the filling and frosting:
Cream the softened butter with powdered sugar in a bowl. Add cocoa, vanilla and 4 tablespoons lukewarm milk, and mix until smooth.
Use one 1/3 of the frosting between the two layers, 1/3 on top, and the rest around the cake.

It was not just a child's chocolate fantasy but the adults as well fulfilled :D.

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