What do you get someone who has a sweet tooth for their 90th birthday? A giant chocolate cake, that’s what!
Martin’s pop turned the big nine-oh last weekend and to celebrate family and friends gathered from across the globe (all the way from Canada!). I needed a cake that would serve the crowd and knock the socks off as well, so I turned to my new favourite baking book – Baked In America. Those David’s really know what they’re doing.
I had a tough choice narrowing which layer cake recipe to make and finally decided on Coke Layers. Coca-cola and chocolate? You can’t get more indulgent, really…
So here goes, my adventure in a triple layer chocolate indulgence.
To get started, I melted butter with coca-cola in a bowl over simmering water.
Then added three types of chocolate – plain, milk and super dark 81% chocolate. Seriously chocolatey… oh yeah… and marshmallows. (I think I gained 10 lbs just writing that sentence.)
Once the chocolate, butter, cola and marshmallows were all melty and gooey, I let it cool to room temperature and sorted the dry ingredients. Oh yeah, there’s more chocolate.
Once the chocolate, butter, marshmallow and cola mixture cooled, I added it to the eggs and sugar. It’s key to let a hot chocolate mixture cool to room temp, otherwise you’ll get scrambled chocolate eggs… yuck.
This mixture makes 3x 9 inch layers.
As recommended, I used a chocolate fudge frosting, which combines sour cream and melted chocolate.
And voila! A frosted triple layer chocolate cake!
Pop loved the cake, as did everyone at the party. He had a few helpers to blow out the candles.
Happy birthday, Pop! Here’s to 90 great years and more to come…