*********************************************I promised I would share the recipe for the Despicable Me Birthday Cake I made for Sugababe 1.
This is also my go-to recipe for all my 3D birthday cakes. There are 3 very good reasons for this:
Firstly, chocolate cake is a real crowd pleaser. I'm sure I don't have to tell you that the rate of consumption for chocolate cakes is about 3 times faster than for any other type of cake. Or that people seem to have a separate stomach for chocolate that makes them go back for seconds. My 3D birthday cakes tend to be pretty big, and if I want to avoid having leftover birthday cake for days after the event, chocolate cake it will have to be.
Secondly, this recipe makes a large enough cake for me to construct a proper-sized 3D cake diorama. And allows me to fit all those cartoon characters that my Sugababes are so fond of requesting for their birthdays. Also, this is the largest-sized cake that can still fit on the largest foil-wrapped cake board (and cake box) that is sold here.
Thirdly, this is a buttermilk recipe. You may already know how much I adore the tangy flavour of buttermilk cakes. The other thing to love about buttermilk recipes like this one is how easy and failproof it is. No creaming of butter till 'pale and fluffy' or beating of egg whites to 'stiff but not dry'. Not that I am doubting your ability to do those well. But if you are like me, cakes have a cruel way of failing on me on the eve of big events. I kid you not - I once had to throw out 24 cupcakes I was doing for a birthday. I almost cried, not just because they were so flat, oily and ugly. But from the sheer shame of it all. I mean, cupcakes??? Not only were these very BASIC cupcakes, I had also baked from this recipe umpteen times without incident. No matter how much I think I have improved in my baking skills, tragic events like these keep me humble.
So. If you have to bake a big birthday cake (which is really the size of TWO birthday cakes - think how painful it would be to have to redo that). And do not want to discover that it is possible to suddenly lose your butter-creaming prowess because of Murphy's law. Or if you have more important things to stress over (like what expressions to give Gru's naughty little minions). This chocolate cake recipe will serve you well.
There are so many ways to fill, frost and serve up a good chocolate cake.
For the Despicable Me cake, the basic recipe was transformed into a Coco-Nana Chocolate Cake. Imagine dark, rich and moist chocolate cake layers with a hint of espresso. Separated by generous chunks of sweet pisang mas ('golden bananas'), embedded in rich whipped chocolate. And frosted all over with a layer of fragrant coconut buttercream. That combination of dark chocolate, sweet bananas and salted coconut .... I can't tell you how delicious it was. I hope you try it and find out!
This was definitely one birthday cake I wish I had more left over.