Now, that Halloween is only a few days away, it is time for some scary cake. Boo…
The chocolate cake that is being used here is an easy and versatile recipe and can be used for making muffins or simple sheet pan cake.
Enjoy it with a smile! 🙂
- YIELD: 1 cake / 12 slices
- 3 eggs at room temperature
- 3.5 dl (12 oz or 1.5 cup) buttermilk (kefir)
- 2.5 dl (8 oz or 1 cup) strong black coffee at room temperature
- 1.75 dl (6 oz or 3/4 cup) vegetable oil
- 325 g (11.3 oz) plain flour, sifted
- 425 g (15 oz) sugar
- 125 g (4.4 oz) good quality cacao, sifted
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 100 g (3.5 oz) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 150 g (5.3 oz) powder sugar, sifted
- 1 tbsp warm water
- food coloring, optional
Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F).
Grease two round cake pans (21.5cm/ 8.5in) with butter and cover the bottoms with baking paper.
Whisk together the coffee, oil, eggs and buttermilk. Add the flour, sugar, cacao powder, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, salt in a different bowl and mix together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones. Whisk the mix around 3 minutes. Pour the mixture, equally, in the two already prepared round cake pans.
Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes. Check for their readiness by inserting a toothpick in the center. If the toothpick comes out clean means the cake is ready, if not, leave them a few minutes more.
Let the cakes cool in the pans at least 10 minutes. Take them out afterwards, remove the baking paper and let them cool completely on a wire baking rack.
Divide each cake in two horizontally. Fill between the layers with jam (I used plums and pear jam) or lemon curd. I prefer something not sweet and quite tarty because the cake itself is sweet.
Cover the cake with buttercream (here i used orange food coloring). Chill the cake in the fridge for at least halv hour.
Knead the marzipan with the food coloring, if using (here I used black), and roll it so it covers the entire cake. Cover the cake with the marzipan and leave it as it is, or use your imagination and a sharp knife to cut out shapes and make it scaryyyy :).
For buttercream, mix the powder sugar, butter together and 1 tablespoon warm water. Add also the food coloring, if using.