I thought I would revisit the very chocolaty birthday cake I mentioned briefly in one of my 60 day challenge updates. Like I said in that post, this was probably the most decadent birthday cake I’ve ever made, so ‘death by chocolate cake’ seemed like an appropriate name.
The inspiration came from Pinterest (of course!) and I’ve had this idea filed away for almost a year waiting patiently for my husband’s 40th birthday to arrive. After all, a big birthday deserves a big cake, so this one was just perfect.
If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m all about keeping things as simple as possible, so you can guarantee that this cake wasn’t difficult to put together. Here’s it is…
- Make 2 round chocolate cakes (packet mix, homemade, store bought – whatever!)
- Break Kit Kats so they’re in 2 finger pairs, then use one to measure the height of the cake
- You want the cake to be a couple of centimetres lower than the top of the Kit Kats, so you might need to slice some height of the bottom of one of the cakes
- Sandwich the 2 cakes together with strawberry jam (making sure the very top of the cake is curved and not flat)
- Cover the entire cake with chocolate icing
- Stand the Kit Kats around the edge of the cake (my cake needed 10 x 4-finger Kit Kats)
- You can tie a ribbon around the cake but the Kit Kats will stick to the cake without it
- Fill the top of the cake with Maltesers (or Smarties)
For a little extra birthday fun I also added a string of paper bunting flags.
Everyone seemed to really enjoy the cake and even my boys who usually just lick the icing ate 2 pieces each. I’d call that a success!