Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Alex!

Alex is a comrade of Gabriel's from the Art Institute and a few days ago his girlfriend contacted us about helping throw him a surprise birthday party! Though I do have some experience throwing Gabriel a whopping cool 30th surprise birthday party last year, I was far more concerned with who was making the cake!

She was going to purchase one from Costco... of course I intervened.

Cake: Comatose (Deep Chocolate Chocolate Chip)
Filling: Chocolate Sweet Sauce
Frosting: Chocolate Buttercream

All this chocolate is sure to make you comatose, as the name indicates, but you'll never have better dreams than after falling prey to this beauty.
Cake:
2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter
½ cup oil
Mix until elements are of the same consistency

Add 4 egg yolks, one at a time, beating after each addition and 1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt 4oz. semi sweet chocolate in 1 cup water, mix to smooth

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
Stir dry ingredients into batter
Add 1 cup buttermilk, whisk to smooth
Stir in remaining 1 cup flour with 1 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

Whisk 4 egg whites to firm peaks and fold into batter

Pour batter evenly into two greased and lined 9" round cake pans
Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, until cake springs back to the touch
Run knife along edge of pan, and cool on wire rack

Filling:
Slice each cake round in half
Spread an even layer of Fahrenheit 350° Chocolate Sweet Sauce between each layer, and between two cake rounds
Reserve a little sauce to line perimeter of cake prior to frosting

Frosting:
3 cups powdered sugar
3 cups cocoa powder

6 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons Crisco
2 teaspoons vanilla
+/- ¼ cup milk for consistency
Layer outside and top of cake with frosting and decorate as desired

4 Sweet Talkers:

Tangled Noodle said...

Comatose? I'd be bouncing off the walls after a slice of this heavenly cake! It's so beautifully decorated and so incredibly rich and scrumptious-looking. I want this! I'm sure Alex will be thanking his lucky stars that he got this instead of a Costco cake (not that there's anything wrong with that!) 8-D

Pamela said...

That cake looks delicious! I love surprise parties and how lucky is the birthday boy to have such a great cake to help celebrate. Yum, yum!

Pam said...

I bet Alex was very happy! This cake looks rich, decadent and delicious.

Heather said...

GORGEOUS!!! OH MY GOSH! that looks amazing! lucky friends you have!

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