It was my friend Nina’s birthday today and I offered to make her a cake as a gift, and she eagerly said yes please! A chocolate cake was requested and as I had an abundance of Smarties left from Jenson’s second birthday cake that I made for his party (post still to follow about that!), I thought they would decorate the cake perfectly.
The chocolate cake underneath is my usual recipe , sandwiched together and then covered in my cream cheese and chocolate spread frosting. The Smarties were a little fiddly to add to the cake in places, and hence my cake does look a little messy in places (where the Smarties fell of and I had to really them with some extra frosting!), and also where I tried to stick to the same colours in a line on the top!
However, despite all of that, and I think those faults are purely my own because I assembled it and know of them, I do think this cake is very eye catching , colourful and strikes a chord with any big or little kid who is having a birthday!
I do not have any photos of the inside to show the chocolate sponge, but to be fair it is the outside which looks most impressive, although I have been reliably informed by Nina that it tasted as good as it looked 🙂
- 200g unsalted butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 160g self raising flour
- 40g cocoa powder
- 250g full fat cream cheese
- 1 x 400g jar of chocolate spread (I used the Tesco value one)
- 12 -16 ish packs of Smarties ( i lost count!)
- 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
- divide your Smarties into 8 pots to hold each different colour
- 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 (you might not need it all)
- Then cover your cake with the Smarties as per my photos - it does get a little tricky on the top of the cake and mine looks a little messy, but take your time and the finished effect looks really eye catching.
I have to be honest, sorting out all of those Smarties into each of the colours is a bit of a faff, and it is obvious that the brown Smartie is the most common, as I had many more of those from the dozen or so packets I used than the more vibrant coloured ones!
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