My baby’s 1st birthday is rapidly approaching and to save money I thought I would make his birthday cake myself. For the last few weeks I have been Googling recipes and baking new cakes to experiment with. I found a fabulous chocolate cake recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction Blog and I decided I would try making it.
The recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction Blog is actually for a triple chocolate layer cake, but I wanted to change the decoration. I thought I would pipe rosettes onto the cake instead and therefore this cake ends up being a double chocolate layer cake.
This recipe required two 9 inch tins, I ended up buying some new Wilton 8 inch baking tins from Spotlight when they had a 30% storewide sale and I used those tins (I wanted a smaller cake).
The double chocolate layer cake was once again a really straight forward and easy recipe to follow. The only problem for me with the recipe is that it required the use of a mixer and I did not want to make any noises that may wake my baby and quite frankly I felt too lazy to go get the mixer out of the cupboard. I ended up mixing everything by hand and it worked out well.
I ended up finishing making the double chocolate cake over a few hours in between my baby’s naps.
The double chocolate layer cake looked so gorgeous when it came out of the oven and the cake also smelt so divine. I allowed the cake to cool down and then I decided to fill the cake centre with the icing. This time I used my Wilton piping tip because using a spatula ended up being too messy. I piped the cake filling into a circular snail shape so the filling looked even when the top part of the cake was placed on top.
After this step, I worked on decorating the cake with the icing. I found icing a round cake was so much easier than the heart shaped cakes that I have been baking lately. I started off with icing the cake with the chocolate icing and then I piped rosettes on the cake, dusted it with rainbow dust and then placed cachous balls on top. I did not like the finished product and thought it looked too dramatic for me, so I ended up removing this decoration. I also accidentally cut a slice of the cake before I took the photo.. oops!
After removing the rosette decoration, I smoothed out the chocolate icing and left it bare.
After all this drama, I decided to have a taste of the cake slice that I had cut out.
I really loved the taste of the double chocolate layer cake, I thought it tasted very moist and chocolatey. I was so happy that for the first time in my history of baking whole cakes, the whole cake turned out to be all moist and not dry in any places.
I was so pleased with this recipe that I decided to add this cake to my repertoire of favourite cake recipes. I think I may have found the cake that I will bake for my baby’s 1st birthday.
The double chocolate layer cake recipe can be found on this website: