It always irks me how as soon as Boxing Day has passed, you can buy Easter eggs in the shops! Now don’t get me wrong, I love eating a chocolate egg as much as the next chocolate egg eating person, BUT I do feel selling them straight after Christmas is just too early.
Easter is fast approaching now and I do not know about you, but there is something about Easter egg chocolate which just tastes much nicer than regular chocolate in bar form. Maybe it takes me back to being a kid, unwrapping the foil to reveal the chocolate egg and see what little sweets were hidden inside it. Yum!
It was my birthday a couple of week ago but I never actually made myself a birthday cake, so last weekend we had some friends over for a BBQ, which turned out to be an indoor affair due to the rain that decided to arrive not long before it started, and one of my friends also had a birthday a few days before mine, so I decided that this was the perfect excuse for me to make one for us to share and for our friends to help eat.
I opted to make a chocolate cake and decided to add a touch of the Cadbury’s #freethejoy to it by adding popping candy to the chooclate frosting, making an oreo vanilla buttercream for the inside and creating a hidden surprise element of a pinata middle using the Cadbury’s Marvellous Mix Up sweets and chocolates.
Mmmmmm!! Anyway, here is how I made it
- 175g self raising flour
- 200g unsalted butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 25g drinking chocolate
- 4 eggs
- 1 tub of Betty Crocker vanilla flavoured buttercream
- 6 bags of Cadbury’s Marvellous Mix Ups (3 of each variant)
- 1 x 400g jar of chocolate spread (I used Tesco value)
- 1 x 200g tub of full fat cream cheese
- 1 x 55g tub of Dr.Oetker Rainbow Popping Candy
- grease and line 2 x 8 inch baking tins
- pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160oC (fan)
- *To make the sponges:
- Cream the butter with the sugar until pale and creamy
- Add the eggs and a spoonful of the sifted flour and beat together
- Carefully add the remaining flour and the cocoa powder and fold in until combined
- Divide the mixture between the two baking tins and place in the oven
- Cook for about 20-25 minutes until cooked
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing each sponge in half to make 4 sponge layers
- Cut a hole in the two middle sponges – I used a large scone cutter – and remove the sponge disks (I ate mine but you might be abel to think of another use for them!).
- **To make the Oreo buttercream**
- Simply place the vanilla buttercream into a mixing bowl and add 2 tbsp of the cream cheese and beat well. Then remove all the mini oreos from the marvellous mix up bags, and either bash them with a rolling pin or place them in the mixing bowl with the buttercream as I did, and I added it to my free standing mixer and beat it until the oreos crumbled, making a oreo buttercream.
- **To assemble the cake**
- Add buttercream to the whole of the bottom layer sponge, then carefully add a sponge with the cut out , and carefully cover the outer ring with the buttercream, being careful not to add any in hole. The repeat with the other middle layer.
- Remove the large fudge chocolates, and about 10 of the white and milk chocolate buttons, from the mix up bags and leave to one side
- Add all of the other sweets into the deep hole in the middle of the cake
- The add the final sponge
- Place into a fridge for 30 minutes to firm up, to make it easier for adding the frosting
- **To make the popping candy chocolate frosting**
- Simply mix the chocolate spread with the remaining cream cheese and then stir through the popping candy
- Cover the outer of the cake with the frosting and then decorate with the remaining mix ups that you put to one side
- Place in the fridge until you are ready to serve and remove about 30 minutes before serving.
This cake was definately a crowd pleaser and certainly had the wow! factor, which is exactly what I was out to achive. As my friends watched it being cut open to reveal the suprise marvellous mix ups centre, they were not expecting to see the sweets fall out to #freethejoy Nor were they expecting the oreo buttercream inside or the popping candy chocolate frosting on the outside. It was aruddy marvellous cake which not only looked great but tasted great too!
A perfect belated birthday cake indeed!
So if you were presented with bags of Cadbury’s Marvellous Mix Ups what would you create to #freethejoy? I made this cake but the team at Cadbury’s have been very creative and made some great works of chocolate and sweet art to make us smile and #freethejoy. One thing which is certain to make you smile and #freeyourjoy is a trip to Cadbury’s World – *this* is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time and while I know that it will not be exactly like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, a girl can dream and still get excited at the prospect of a visit!
To win a Family Pass to Cadbury’s World all you need to do is reveal what chocolate creation you would design to #freethejoy. Please fill in the form below to enter and good luck. Closing date is Monday 21st July, 2014.
linking up to Supergolden Bakes
I was sent some bags of Marvellous Mix Ups and a family pass to Cadbury’s World as a thank you for posting this give away. The recipe is my own idea
Cadbury’s are offering someone the chance to have what brings them joy made into chocolate, which got me thinking about what brings me joy. I think this is ctually quite a hard question because there are so many answers I could give, from the sound of my boys laughing, to their beautiful smiles ; Burton reading a story or writing me a card, and Jenson with his silly faces and moves! Maybe a sunny day at the beach, a rainbow in the sky or even a yummy slice of cake. So many joyous things to bring a smile to my face and make me happy.
So what brings you joy?
I asked some blogging friends what they find joyful and this is what they said:
Standing on the beach in the winter with the wind in my hair and the smell of the sea!
Watching Sophie growing up into such an amazing little person
Watching my children play on the beach with their daddy.
A mirror haha. No seriously the smile from my children
Apart from the obvious things, i’d have to say a new handbag!
Someone appreciating my efforts, a simple thank you makes me happy
My childrens smiles, especially the ones they just flash when they giggle.
Swimming – it’s one of my favourite ways to completely relax
Beautiful memories of people who are no longer here..its a way of still being with them
Cadburys want to unwrap the joy and spread some happiness – and as this video shows it does not take much to #freethejoy
So what are you waiting for, get ready to #freethejoy and share what brings you joy. *thinks about how much chocolate a recreation of Burton and Jenson laughing would involve – yummy!!*