Saturday, 25 January 2014

Chocolate Cake with Cookie Dough Frosting and Marshmallow Icing

This... This is possibly one of the nicest cakes I've ever made. Ever. And I've made a lot of cakes.

I've been eyeing up cookie dough brownies, and I was going to bake those this weekend, but I got carried away and distracted all at once and ended up with this creation. It's just a basic chocolate sponge, but with my newest favourite discoveries - cookie dough frosting (that's a thing apparently) and marshmallow icing - mentioned here

I had no idea if the flavours would all work together, but they did, and my God they are fabulous. This is next level stuff. The cookie dough frosting isn't too sickly because it's just the one layer, it has a great texture, and the chocolate chips work perfectly. Although the marshmallow icing is very sugary, it's so light that you don't really notice it. The chocolate cake is just it's reliable, wonderful self.

 Cookie dough brownies are going to have to wait until next weekend, I think. Definitely worth postponing in favour of this beauty. Decorations-wise, I didn't want to coat it in more flavours/sweets/chocolate because I thought it would overpower the mishmash of flavours already present, plus I thought anyone who ate it would be sick from the sugar content. So, I went for the standard sprinkles, heart sprinkley things, and glitter.

^^The light was pretty awful on this, so apologies for the heavy editing to show the colours

The recipe is very simple, I made the cake the afternoon before so I could photograph this in the light of day (a very good idea, well done me).

Chocolate cake:
  • 8oz caster sugar
  • 8oz butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 6.5oz self-raising flour
  • 1.5oz cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC, and line two 8" cake tins.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and fold in.
  5. Divide between the two cake tins, and bake for 20-25 minutes until a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool.
Cookie Dough Frosting (adapted from here):
  • 115g butter
  • 150g soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 150g flour
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 100g chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in vanilla.
  3. Mix in flour.
  4. Add milk.
  5. Add chocolate chips.
  6. Spread on cooled cake.
Marshmallow icing:

  • 120g granulated sugar
  • 80g golden syrup
  • 1.5 tbsp water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. In a large saucepan, heat sugar, golden syrup and water on a high heat until it reaches soft ball stage.
  2. Beat egg whites until forming soft peaks.
  3. Slowly beat in sugar mixture.
  4. Continue beating until thick and smooth, add in vanilla.
  5. Add food colouring.
  6. Spread on cake.