Chocolate Birthday Cake with Hearts

Heart birthday chocolate cake

Heart Birthday Cake

When I start decorating a cake I am not always sure how it will look when I have finished. I often have a good idea of what I am trying to achieve and sometimes the finished result bears some resemblance to this and sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t think this a good thing: some results are better than others!

For her 8th birthday cake, Ella requested chocolate. Having recently discovered the fuschia pink icing I wanted to use that colour again as I think it contrasts beautifully with the chocolate sugar paste. I thought circles in various sizes would look good but I also wanted a topper. When I came to make the topper I couldn’t really work out how to make a good one with the circle sizes I had so decided to add a few fuschia and pale pink hearts.

Next thing you know the cake has become more about the hearts! The ribbons add some real colour so I went back to the pale pink for the hearts on top. The circles are really just an accent: not what I was expecting at all.

So Ella gets a two layer chocolate sponge cake, sandwiched with chocolate buttercream and covered with chocolate sugarpaste. If you would like the recipe for chocolate sponge and chocolate buttercream please see this post. I made an 8″ cake in a deep, loose based cake tin (using 340g each of sugar and butter, 6 eggs, 300g SR flour, 100g cocoa powder and a splash of milk).

In the end I was pleased with my heart cake and hope Ella is too. But I really need to learn how to design a cake in my head properly and stick with the plan. This time I got lucky!

Happy 8th birthday to Ella! We ♥ Ella!

Categories: Baking, Birthday cakes, Cakes, Recipes

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5 replies

  1. Another beautiful one! Lucky little girl.

  2. wow, the cake is lovely and definitely is a super delicious one ^^


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