This is one of my favourite flavour combinations, peanut butter and chocolate just go together amazingly and last week happened to be my birthday! So… happy birthday to me and I got to scoff my favourite cake! It was made up of 4 layers of chocolate fudge cake, strawberry jam filling and peanut butter Swiss meringue buttercream. It was decorated with hand piped buttercream flowers using the fabulous White Flower Cake Shop piping tip 402. I’m still getting to grips with this tip but I am very happy with how my flowers turned out.
Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe
(Makes 2 x 6″ cakes each cut in half to make 4 layers)
265g self-raising flour
3 ¾ TBS cocoa
1 ½ tsp bicarbonate soda
225g caster sugar
225ml sunflower oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 TBS Nestle caramel (or other thick caramel)
Preheat the oven to 170°C
Line both tins with parchment paper, it makes removing the cake much easier.
Sieve self-raising flour, cocoa and bicarbonate soda into a bowl and stir in the caster sugar.
In another bowl whisk the eggs, add milk, oil, vanilla and caramel and whisk together.
Add liquid mixture to flour mixture and mix well. It will be quite runny.
Pour equally into the prepared cake tins.
Bake for 25-30 mins until a skewer comes out clean.
Cool in the tins for 5 mins before removing to a wire rack.
Once the cake is cool you can start to decorate it. I made Swiss Meringue Buttercream from my recipe here and added 3/4 of a cup of peanut butter just before it was ready.
I warmed 4 TBS of strawberry jam in the microwave and then pushed it through a small sieve to ensure no lumps or seeds were in it.
Once the cake is filled, stacked and crumb coated make sure it has enough time in the fridge to firm up before you start to decorate it.
I divided the remaining buttercream into different bowls and coloured it as I wished. I covered the cake before piping the flowers. You do not need to pipe directly into the cake, if you pipe onto parchment paper first and then place them into the fridge for 30 mins, they will be stable enough to move with an offset spatula.
Enjoy your cake! I hope you feel inspired to try this recipe and enjoy decorating it. If you do please tag me in the pic, I’d love to see!