So last week my OH celebrated his 40th birthday. Being a leap year baby meant that he got a proper birthday this year, and as a few of his birthday cards suggested, maybe he was actually only 10 years old this year!
So a 40th birthday deserves a special birthday cake and Jenson did some detective work for me and discovered that daddy’s favourite chocolate after fruit and nut (which would not have worked as well for this type of cake!), are cadbury’s Twirls which were perfect. Being a big fan of Haribo sweets and chocolate cake, I knew exactly what cake I would make him.
This cake looks impressive but it is actually very simple to make and construct, and is a dream cake to anyone who loves chocolate and sweets . Plus the great news about these types of cakes, is that if your sponge turns out a little messy, it will not matter because it will be covered in frosting and chocolate and typed with sweets so no one will ever know!
If you fancy having a go at making this yourself, then here is my recipe for it:
- 200g unsalted butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 150g self raising flour
- 50g coco powder
- 200g full fat cream cheese
- 3 tbsp chocolate spread
- 2 large bags of Haribo sweets
- approx 30 Cadbury's chocolate Twirls (15 packs)
- pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160oC (fan)
- grease and line 2 x 8 inch sandwich tins
- cream the butter and sugar together for about 5 minutes until pale and soft
- add the eggs and a spoonful of the flour and beat for a few more minutes
- fold in the remaining flour and the cocoa powder
- divide the batter between the two tins and then cook in the oven for 22-25 minutes approx
- leave the cakes to cool
- once the sponges are cold to the touch, make your frosting by beating the cream cheese and chocolate spread together
- sandwich the two sponges together with some of the frosting
- then cover the cake with the remaining frosting
- take your Twirls, and stick around the side of the cake
- then once this has been done, carefully pour/add the sweets onto the top of the cake
Sadly, we did not get to cut the cake on his actual birthday as there was a sickness bug doing the rounds, so daddy took the cake to work the next day instead. However, it went in a flash apparently so I am taking that as a good sign that it tasted good!