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Chocolate Fudge Cake with a Surprise!

I’ve had a few people ask me how I made my sister’s chocolate surprise cake, so I thought I would write a quick blog to explain it.

I used a simple chocolate fudge cake recipe out of one of my baking books. There’s plenty online and they all sound similar – take your pick. I doubled the ingredients so I had plenty of mixture. I wanted the cake to be huge!

I baked three cakes using eight inch tins. I let them cool and then put them in the freezer for 24 hours (wrapped in cling film and greaseproof paper.) The reason I did this was because I find it less exhausting to do my cakes over a couple of days and I also think it’s easier to shape and decorate a cake when it’s cold. Especially when using chocolate!

Here is a quick rundown of what I did with the three cakes once I got them out of the freezer:

  • Let the cakes defrost slightly.
  • Cut off the tops of the cakes so they are flat. This makes it easier to stack.
  • Use a large, round cookie cutter to create a hole in one of the cakes.
  • Apply chocolate buttercream to the first, full cake and add the cake with the hole on top of it.
  • Fill the hole with Maltesers (or any chocolate/sweet treat)
  • Add buttercream to the cake section and layer the third cake on top.
  • Cover the cake in buttercream and use a palette knife or decorating tool to smooth the sides and tops down.
  • Stick chocolate fingers or Kit Kats around the edge and secure with a ribbon (if needed.)
  • Position a number or candle in the centre of the cake.
  • Add lots of chocolates to the top of the cake. I bought a range of different shapes and sizes, so that some were sticking out of the cake and others decorated the top.

There you have it! A chocolate fudge surprise cake! Very simple to do, fun to make and delicious to eat! Win win all round I think!

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