Thursday, April 21, 2011

Number Three Shaped Chocolate Birthday Cake

This is another simple, delicious recipe which made an appearance at Emma's Fairy Birthday Party. I love it because it is so versatile and so, so yummy! It can, very easily, be lactose free, which is why I make it at EVERY party!  And since it can be shaped into pretty much anything it never, ever gets old.

This year for Emma's birthday we shaped it into Number Three, last year it was Winnie the Pooh, and on Emma's first birthday with a Musical theme, I had made a note which consisted of three different cakes. This was one of them.

This Easter, I'm making it an egg shape! :o)

Here are the ingredients.  This was a completely different cake when I came across it ages ago and I still end up changing things now and then.  So here is the recipe I used to make that delicious Number Three cake.

 Number Three 3 Shape Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups of all purpose flour
2/3 cup of cocoa
1tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 cups of milk
6tbsp olive oil
1tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup of very hot water

Jam (homemade apricot does wonders, but any will do)

Chocolate Glaze
400g dark chocolate
1 cup heavy whipping creme

You can use pretty much anything. In this case I used soft icing to make flowers to give it a feel of a Fairy garden.

Yellow icing
Pink icing
Green icing
Edible glitter flakes
Chocolate sprinkles

To make the Number Three cake, I made this cake twice.  I needed to fill two bunt cake molds.  I didn't just make double the quantity.  I actually made one cake and then the second one after.

Preheat oven to 200C.  Smear a pan or cake mold of your choice with butter or oil and sprinkle some flour to keep from sticking.

In a bowl combine all dry ingredients, sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda & baking powder. Mix until combined.   In another bowl mix eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract.

Gradually mix the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Shift mixer to low speed and add hot water until blended. Pour the batter into the pan or mold and bake until the toothpick comes out clean, 20 - 25 minutes. Leave the cake to cool completely.

Once its cooled turn it out on a cutting board.  The cake will be up side down.  Leave it that way so that you can have a smoother surface for glazing.

To make the number three cake, turn out both bunt cake shapes.  Cut a quarter out of the one cake and a third out of the other.  You will not use those pieces for the cake any more so it makes a perfect tasting opportunity and a great snack with your coffee.

Cut the cakes in half, horizontally.  Carefully separate the halves and spread the jam on the inside part for the filling. Place the halves back together and position each cake so that it makes the number three shape on a tray you will use to serve the cake.

Number Three 3 Shape Chocolate Cake prep

Once that's done its time for the glaze.

Place the whipping cream in a pot and cook on low heat.  When you see small bubbles showing up on the side add the chocolate and keep stirring until its all blended well together.  You should end up with a soft glaze.  It is easily applied by pouring it along the top of the cake and spreading it with a straight knife.  Make sure you clean around the cake for any excess glaze.

 Number Three 3 Shape Chocolate Cake glaze

Next apply any decoration you like.  Here I'm making pink Fairy feel flowers using soft icing.  I also added chocolate sprinkles around the bottom edge of the cake as well as edible glitter flakes.

And there you go, your amazingly delicious Number Three shaped birthday cake. :)

Number Three 3 Shape Chocolate Cake


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  1. Realbyly cool cake and step-by-step instructions.

  2. That looks so yummy! :) I am following your blog! :) Erin

  3. You did a great job, that cake is adorable! Good job on the tut too!

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  4. Great looking cake! I found your blog through a blog hop and am now following you on GFC, NB and FB from Have a great weekend!

  5. Versatile recipes are the best:) I turned out cute and looks yummy.

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  6. this is darling! i am going to have to bookmark and try it!

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  7. Great cake, can you remind me of this next year :)

  8. How cute! I never thought about making a cake for the age they were. I like the time and devotion you used to make it.
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  9. This is adorable! You are so creative!

  10. hi emma..blogwalking and stumble upon your beautiful # 3 birthday cake, which makes me feel so hungry now...such a great chef huh.
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  11. Great talent!

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  12. Neat cake- wish I had that recipe last year.

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  13. Unfortunately, there is something wrong with the baking time and/or temperature... Otherwise, lots of fun to make with the kids and your pictures are beautiful.

  14. Hi Lisa, thanks for the comment. The temperature is in Celsius... Maybe that was the problem? 200C is 390F. Also baking time would really depend on the oven. 20 to 25 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean. The recipe is correct, it has always worked for me.

    I hope this helps!

  15. Is it possible to give us the quantities in grams & ml ? Because every time I try a recipe with cups and spoons I always fail. My spoons are very shallow and my cups very big.
    Thanks in advance

    1. Ok I will convert and let you know :)

    2. For the spoons though its not per gram, it actually is spoons... there are measuring spoons you can buy which has three four spoons together and it gives you a few measures tea spoon, 1/2 tea spoon even 1/4, table spoon etc. Check this out In Cyprus you can find them in Pergamos but even Debenhams should have them or Marks & Spencer home or even Ikea which are the ones I have.

      For the cups I can find out the grams but if you like Wilton also has measuring cups which you can take a look at if you follow that link above. Pergamos carries them in Cyprus. Although I use just a regular coffee mug :)

  16. Best chocolate cake recipe ever! easy to follow i have made it 3 times now and has come out beautiful everytime, i think i am going to use it everytime now!!!!

  17. It really brings out the flavor, but for some reason I never make it. I should - it's a perfect holiday treat. Anyway,I like your ingredients it look so delicious.



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