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triple chocolate birthday cake

July 3, 2012

There was a whispering in the corner of the room.

“What’s going on here?” I asked, somewhat suspiciously, as Mr Sheppardoo and the Bean flashed wide, innocent eyes in my direction.

“We were wondering” started the Bean, “how chocolate a cake can actually be.”

“Quite chocolate, I think” replied I, all the time wondering about the purpose of this discourse.

A silence, as we both looked over at Mr Sheppardoo, waiting for the idea that danced in his head to pop out.

The worlds tumbled out of his mouth.

“If I had the chocolatiest chocolate cake in front of me, I would smoosh my face in it so no-one else could get any!”

Which is why, for his birthday just past, I enhanced his cake with a couple of decorative spokes and a whole heap of delicious marshmallowy bumps to prevent him from living out his dream (and denying the rest of us cake).

(A little bit mean, yes, but his expression at the sight of the cake was enough to allay any guilt).

I’d taken a photo of the completed cake and sent it to Mr Sheppardoo on the day of his birthday.

“It doesn’t even say ‘do not eat'”, I’d written.

A throwback to his reaction to the cookies (and, it should be said, to just about anything chocolate. I returned home the other day to find a half eaten bag of chocolates on the coffee table. The Bean looked vaguely embarrassed when I brought it up, exclaiming, “I only left him alone for 15 minutes when I went to take a shower. By the time I was done… well…”)

Not expecting him to be seen until the weekend, I’d promptly replaced said “Do not eat” signage before leaving for work.

Thursday evening and I’m greeted by the surround sounds of “Hi! How was work?” and “You lied! It says do not eat!”

“That was so no-one would cut into it before you came over!”

“But the only one that wanted to cut into it was me!”

Mr Sheppardoo kept the cake within eyesight all the way through dinner.

Mr Sheppardoo hurriedly cleared the plates (despite our protestations, “Sit down! It’s your birthday!”)

Mr Sheppardoo watched as I brought the cake over to the table.

Watched the cake as I rummaged for candles.

Watched the cake as we sang him a song and took some happy birthday photos.

“Would you look at the camera?” said the Bean. “The cake isn’t going anywhere.”

And when that failed, “If you don’t look at the camera you’ll never get any cake.”

He flicked his eyes up and then back down again as soon as the flash went off.

There was a momentary silence when we finally tucked in. It didn’t last too long.

“Can I have this cake for my birthday too?” asked Big Bite.

“I got a chocolate chip!” said SJ.

“Where’s all my chocolate chips?” asked the Bean.

“Mmmm chocolate covered marshmallow.” murmured Mr Sheppardoo.

“Anyone for another slice?” asked I.

But there was no room for second slices (well, except for Big Bite. “My first slice was really small!” he said, by way of explanation) and the rest of the cake was boxed up to take to our various homes.

“Assuming they’d make it that far…” mumbled Mr Sheppardoo, a chocolatey glint in his eye.

the triple chocolate birthday cake

Adapted (not unhappily) from smitten kitchen

you will need:

175g unsalted butter
1 1/2 Cs sugar
1 1/2 C plain flour
1 C cocoa powder
2 tsp bicarbonate soda (baking soda)
1 tsp salt
500ml milk
125ml apple juice
2 eggs
3/4 C chocolate chips
375g chocolate
300ml thickened cream
chocolate covered marshmallows
cocoa powder (additional)
chcolate sprinkles

how to do it:

1. Chop the butter into smallish cubes and then beat with the sugar until it is light and fluffy.

2. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together so that they are well combined.

3. Mix the milk, apple juice and eggs until they are well combined.

4. Add about 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter and stir. Then add 1/3 of the liquid mixture and stir. Continue adding the flour mix and the liquid mix in an alternating pattern until they are all added into the mix. It will be quite stiff.

5. Stir the chocolate chips through.

6. Line three 20cm round tins and pourthe mixture evenly between them. Bake in a 180C oven for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool on wire racks.

7. Make the ganache by breaking up the chocolate and adding it to a saucepan with the cream. Stir over a low heat until they have melded together and are shiny. Let it cool until it is the thickness of wobbly custard before using it to sandwich the layers together and also to cover the outside of the cake.

8. Decorate the top with chocolate covered marshmallows and a dusting of cocoa powder. Decorate the sides with chocolate sprinkles.


  • #1
    July 3rd, 2012

    If I saw this I’d request it for my birthday too! With the cute bunting…possibly to deter others from wanting to smoosh their faces into it.

  • #2
    July 3rd, 2012

    Lordy, that looks insanely decadent, in a nice way!!!

  • #3
    July 3rd, 2012

    So pretty! Isn’t it more like… 4x chocolate…? ๐Ÿ˜›

  • #4
    July 3rd, 2012

    ooh I love the chocolate covered marshmallows on top!

  • #5
    July 3rd, 2012

    Plus the sprinkles!

  • #6
    July 3rd, 2012

    Looks absolutely delicious! It wouldn’t take me long to polish that off ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #7
    July 3rd, 2012

    This looks stunning! Your presentation is, as always, impeccable!

  • #8
    July 3rd, 2012

    Mmmm looks like I’d want to smash my face in it too ๐Ÿ˜‰ sounds like it was an absolute hit!

  • #9
    Bigbite
    July 3rd, 2012

    2x bigbite pieces = 1 of Sheppardoo’s (honest readers)

  • #10
    July 4th, 2012

    What an exubrant cake! Love the look of it shez. Loving what you’ve been doing lately ๐Ÿ˜€

  • #11
    July 6th, 2012

    Awesome cake! Never would’ve thought to have apple juice in a cake though; very interesting… Gotta love the addition of the chocolate-covered marshmallows; just in case there’s not enough chocolate in the cake already. Where would you be able to find these marshmallows?

  • July 6th, 2012

    Hi Phuoc,

    I found the marshmallows at the supermarket. They were around $2 for a packet and came in vanilla & honeycomb flavours. I think they’re made by Cadbury ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shez x

  • #12
    July 21st, 2012

    Great looking cake Shez. The choc covered marshmallows remind me of moguls, obviously chocolate ones not snow ones.

  • #13
    July 14th, 2015

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