Dr Seuss Topsy Turvy Cake
First, a disclaimer: I love to bake, but my aim is usually just to make something that tastes fantastic. This time I wanted to make something that also looked good – but I’ve never used fondant icing before… so, this is an amateur cake!
For DestructaBoy’s 1st Birthday we’ve gone with a Dr Seuss theme and I wanted to do a topsy turvy cake.
I used my friend Mika’s chocolate cake recipe (below) and a buttercream icing recipe I’d found on sugarlane and adapted a little (also below). Between the cakes is a layer of caramel and they are then topped with fondant icing and fondant fish that I made during the week.
Beat for at least 5 minutes:
300g sugar (1.5 cups)
half tsp vanilla
30g cocoa (3 heaped dessert spoons)
3/4 cup boiling water
Add the following to egg & sugar mixture and beat well:
1and1/4 cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
Then add hot cocoa and beat well.
Bake in two 20cm baking pans or one small roasting pan for about 25 mins at 180 C
Chocolate Buttercream Icing
3 Tablespoons of milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1/2 cup of un-sweetened cocoa powder
200gr dark chocolate
1kg bag of Powdered Sugar (I ended up not using all of it)
Mix the butter (softened), milk,. vanilla, and cocoa powder in the mixer until thoughly mixed.
Melt the Chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted
Once the chocolate is melted you then add it to the other ingredients that are in the mixer
Then finally add the powdered sugar a little at a time to the mixer making sure that you allow it to mix throughly