Happy Birthday Paul!!
Thank’s to this fellow blogger for the recipe I used for the cake…http://andcute.com/
Also thank’s to my daughter, Alice for making the flags 😉
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup whole milk + 1 tbsp. vinegar (or buttermilk)
3/4 cup warm strong coffee
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Line a 9” by 13” baking dish with parchment paper, so it hangs over the edges.
Preheat the oven to 180c/gas 4 1/2.
Whisk together the dry ingrdients (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt).
Add wet ingredients (eggs, milk vinegar mix, coffee, vanilla extract) and blend together until well combined, this is quite a runny mixture.
Pour into baking dish. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.
To make this cake I baked two of these, one for the base and I cut the other one into pieces to build the mountains.
I covered the cake with buttercream, also using it to stick the cut pieces of cake together to build the mountains.
For the buttercream
225g butter, at room temperature
1 Tbsp cooled, strong coffee
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g icing sugar, sifted
Melt the chocolate, carefully in the microwave or in a basin over a pan of hot water, which I find is the safest way. Leave to cool slightly.
In a large bowl beat the butter, coffee, vanilla and icing sugar until smooth.
Add the melted chocolate and beat again until thick and creamy. If it looks too runny to use, simply keep beating – this will thicken the buttercream and improve its consistency.
Once the cake was covered and the mountains put together with the buttercream and covered with buttercream, I coloured a small amount of ready to roll white fondant green and used my garlic press to make the grass.
I rolled more of the white fondant very thinly to make snow for the peaks of the mountains, before placing it onto the mountain peaks I sprayed it with silver shimmer.