Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Trees Chocolate Cake


My Christmas spirit suddenly arrived! I had some visits today and decided to make something christmassy.The cake recipe and chocolate frosting were taken from a very small Hershey pamphlet they gave me a very long time ago; they both are really easy and delicious! the vanilla buttercream is from Savory Sweet Life and was also great. I used some Strawberries to create the Christmas trees over the white snow atmosphere... hope you like it as much as I did!

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 flour
  • 3/4 cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

  1. Heat oven to 180° C (350° F). Grease and flour two 8 inch baking pans
  2. Combine in a big recipient sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt, mixing well. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, beating in medium speed for 2 minutes. Add water and stir. The batter will be really thin, so don't worry!!! Pour batter into baking pans.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely. Wrap the cakes in aluminium foil carefully and put them in the freezer for 1 hour. In the meantime you can start with the icing. With a serrated knife and very carefully, cut the cakes in half

Vanilla Buttercream:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  1. Beat butter for 2 minutes in medium speed. Add powdered sugar and mix until incorporated with butter. Add salt, vanilla extract and milk and beat in medium speed for 3 minutes.

Chocolate Christmas Trees:

  • 7 strawberries with different sizes
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Melt the butter. Stir in the cocoa until well combined. Alternate the powdered sugar and milk and mix well. Add the vanilla extract.

To assemble:

  1. With a serrated knife, cut the two layers into four, carefully
  2. Assembly the four layer cakes with a thin layer of white frosting in between. Add a very thin layer of the vanilla buttercream to the whole cake so the crumbs won't get into your frosting later on
  3. With a star tip, add the vanilla buttercream to the whole cake. Add one strawberry at a time, covering it with the chocolate frosting with a star tip. Do the same with each strawberry until all covered.
  4. You can add on top of each tree a small silver ball or yellow colored frosting. Anything that resembles a star

7 comments :

  1. Wow, that is so fancy! Beautiful holiday cake, plus it looks moist and delicious too!

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  2. MmmMMmmmMMMMmMmMmmmmMMMMmmmmmm.... it must be so tasty and sweet! :D
    Great recipe, but I don't know if I'm able to decorate it as good as you did!!!!

    Have a nice weekend!!!!!

    xoxo

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  3. That looks incredible! So going to try this! but i doubt it will come out as beautiful!

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  4. Looks so delicious,,, great blog!!!!

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  5. MY CAKE IS IN THE OVEN, SMELLS DELICIOUSSSSSS !!!! ALE CANALES

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