Thursday, 6 December 2012

Barbie Cake

                                     Since I forgot to carry my Camera, I dont have good shots of this Cake.

I am posting in my blog after a really long time. We have just got back from tour iring India trip. After all that long travel in India & so much pending work, I am now sitting & relaxing at home.

While I was in Kottayam this November, I made a Barbie cake for my hubbys Niece's Birthday Party. My Sister- in- law has a traditional small Oven & we baked 5 batches of 8 inch round Chocolate cake. I used all local ingredients that was available in Chenganachery super markets. I must say the quality of Coco was not at all good. I used the cadubory brand & still it was no where close to even the local coco I use here in Singapore. Honestly I dint like the way the cake tasted. All because of the ingredients. Coco is the main ingredients for great tasting chocolate cake. However everyone loved it there, so I was happy. The entire cake as a package along with the icing tasted good. very good to me Well the next time, I am going to carry some coco from here:).  This is the easiest cake I have ever made. Barbie cake looks complicated but trust me, its very easy to make.  Here is the recipe...

Chocolate cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder  
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 80 gms salted Butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tspn Lemon Juice
Method: Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch round baking pan. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder in large bowl. Cream the butter sugar with a spoon or whisk. Add beaten eggs and vanilla.Add in the dry ingredients & Mix the warm water.  Pour batter into prepared pan & bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Now cut the cake into 3 layers & frost with chocolate Butter cream.
(Note: I made 5 batches of baking to make 5 cakes to serve around 50 guests. Infact there were still many pieces if cakes left. I added less sugar in cake coz the icing is anyways sweet.)
Chocolate Buttercream Recipe

  • 250 gms butter (room temperature)
  • 500 gms Icing sugar
  • 250 gms cooking chocolate (Melted on double boiler)
  • 1 Tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla essence
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 to 4 tbspMilk (optional to get the desired consistancy)
Method: Beat butter to a smooth consistancy, Stir in melted chocolate. Alternately add powdered sugar & rest of the ingredients beating to spreading consistency. Now the frosting is ready. spread this to each layer of cake.

Note: To make the cake really juicy & moist ,I add in sugar syrup on each layer of the cake before frosting.
For the Pink Buttercream frosting for decoration
500 gms Amul Butter
600 gms Sifted icing sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
Pink Edible Color (I used Wilton color)
Big Star tip
Piping Bag
Beat butter to a smooth consistancy, add powdered sugar , color& Vanilla Essence, Beat this well which a electric mixer untill its very creamy & fluffy. Fill this in the piping bag & decorate the entire cake.
Assembling the cake:
Cut each cake into 3 layers & spread the Chocolate butter cream icing inbetween each layer. Layer all the cakes one on top of the other. cut the top most layer of the cake into a smaller round shape. Once all the cakes are layered. Spread the chocolate buttercream outside the cake & crumb coat it. Let this set in the fridge for atleast 20 mins. Now remove it & start the decoration with pink buttercream icing.

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