Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Chocolate and Coffee layer cake

So yesterday I celebrated my birthday, it´s not important what birthday I celebrated (lol) just that I celebrated it and that I had fun ;-)  

Así que ayer celebré mi cumpleaños, no es que fuera importante lo del cumpleaños que celebré (jaja) sólo que lo celebré y que me he divertido;-)




The weird/funny part is that I baked my own cake, I could have bought one but since I bake quite alot I didn´t want to buy a cake that I might not like and since my husband has never baked anything before, I wasn´t going to ask him.. so what other option did I have to bake my own birthday cake.. sad.. but true ;-)

Lo extraño/gracioso es que yo preparé mi propia tarta, podría haber comprado una, pero desde que empecé a hornear no quería comprar una tarta y después no me gustase y ya que mi esposo nunca ha horneado antes, no iba a pedírselo a él .. así que ¿qué otra opción tenía que hacer mi propia tarta de cumpleaños .. triste .. pero cierto;-)



If you like chocolate combined with coffee this cake is for you.. it´s a layer chocolate cake filled with dark chocolate ganache and covered with coffee frosting.. awhile ago, friends of ours gave us Starbucks coffee as a gift so I decided to use some of it to make the frosting.. the result was even better than I thought.. if you like Starbucks coffee as much as I do (and believe me where we are it´s hard to come by..) you´ll love it but please don´t think that you cant use any other coffee, because you can.. I just like Starbucks so I used it but you could use whichever you like..

Si te gusta el chocolate junto con el café esta tarta es para ti.. es una tarta de chocolate llena de ganache de chocolate negro y cubierta con frosting de café ..Hace un tiempo, unos amigos nos dieron café Starbucks como regalo, así que decidí usar algo de lo que quedaba para hacer el frosting .. el resultado fue aún mejor de lo que yo pensé .. si te gusta el café Starbucks tanto como me gusta (y créanme que donde vivimos es difícil de encontrarlo..) te va a encantar, pero por favor no pienses que no puedes usar cualquier otro café, porque es posible. . Simplemente me gusta Starbucks así que lo usé pero se puede usar de la marca que quieras ..)



Recipe:
Versión Español

for the Chocolate Cake:
(enough to make 1 cake in a well greased 20cm cake pan (divide into 2 when cooled)/I made this x 2 to get 4 layers)

Ingredients:
  • 375g of flour
  • 125g of pure cocoa powder 
  • pinch of salt
  • 2.5ml of baking soda
  • 6.25ml of baking powder
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 L eggs
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 5ml of vanilla essence
Method:
Sift all your dry ingredients together, while beating your oil, sugar and eggs together.  When well blended, add the vanilla essence and then slowly the dry ingredients followed by the buttermilk.  Dont overmix, just until all the ingredients are well incorporated.  Bake in a 180ºC pre-heated oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Leave to cool in the pan and when cooled remove and leave in the fridge for 1 hour before dividing the cake into 2 levels.



for the Chocolate Ganache: 

Ingredients:
  • 1 Litre of Full Cream (35% +)
  • 900g of dark chocolate (chopped in small pieces)
  • 5ml of vanilla essence
Method:
Heat the cream on the stove and just before it starts to boil, remove from heat and add the chocolate and vanilla. Leave for 1 minute and then use a whisk to mix well.  Leave to cool to room temperature and then put it into the freezer to firm up.


for the Coffee (Starbucks) Frosting:
(enough to ice the whole cake of 4 layers)

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup of Strong brewed Starbucks coffee (cooled down to room temperature)
  • 2 x 250g butter without salt
  • 2 cups of sifted icing sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla essence
Method:
Blend the butter on high speed until light in colour.  Add the sifted icing sugar & salt slowly to the  butter and blend well. Now add the coffee and vanilla slowly until your frosting is
light & fluffy!



So this is me ready to blow out my candle.. yet another birthday has passed and hopefully I get better at this thing, called life, every passing year.. :-)  Hope you all have a great week!!

Así que ésta soy yo lista para soplar la vela .. otro cumpleaños ha pasado y espero mejorar en esto, llama a mi vida. cada año que pasa .. :-) Espero que todos tengan una gran semana!






24 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday!! This cake looks delicious!!

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  2. Es impresionante la tarta!! Enhorabuena y felicidades de nuevo!! Un besote!

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  3. Felicidades guapísima!!!

    Claro que nos gusta el la combinación chocolate y café, es maravillosa.

    Johlene, tienes que probar la crema de castañas, te va a encantar!!

    un abrazo enorme

    Qué tarta tan preciosa!! ayyy qué rica tienen que estar, apuntamos la receta.

    Jo

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    1. Hola, si seguro que sí que me va a encantar la crema de castañas.. puedo hacerla yo misma?? Un abrazo X

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  4. QUE RICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Muchas felicidades de nuevo, además te salió una gran tarta conque seguro que lo disfrutasteis mucho, y que bien me va el texto en inglés para ir practicando jiji. un bsito!!!!
    Cris

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    1. Gracias Cris!! Sí esta manera me ayuda mucho también para practicar mi español..jaja! Un beso!

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  5. Happy Birthday Johlene! What a GORGEOUS cake. I absolutely love the flavor combinations. YUM! Wish I was there to celebrate and have a piece of this great cake!

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    1. Thanks so much! You´re more than welcome to join us, I´ll keep a slice for you for next time ;-) Xx

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  6. Beautiful cake, and happy happy birthday! Nothing wrong with baking your own cake either--I actually think it's really fun and allow myself to experiment more than usual. Less pressure when it's your own cake, right?

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    1. Yeah you´re só right.. it´s definitely less pressure!!! lol :-) Xx

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  7. This cake is beautiful and can can we talk about that chocolate ganache that I just want to eat with a spoon? Yum!

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    1. Thanks!! Believe me I had spoonfulls while making this..lol!!

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  8. ¡Pues no me parece nada triste hacértelo para ti después de ver la pinta que tiene! jajaja
    Muchas felicidades y un besito

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    1. Jajaja.. tienes razon! Muchas gracias x tu comentario :-) Un beso X

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  9. This cake looks fabulous, indeed a lovely way to celebrate such a happy occasion...Happy Birthday!
    Hope you are having a great week Johlene :D

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    1. Hi Juliana, thanks for your comment and well wishes!! Happy weekend :-) Xx

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  10. Happy happy birthday! I think making your own cake is fun, plus you get to experiment, and you'll be guaranteed to end up with something you like. :) Hope you had a wonderful day!!

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    1. Thankyou!! I agree making your own cake is fun and get what you like :-) Have a great weekend!! Xx

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  11. Happy birthday again Johlene!!! hope you enjoyed your day, I don't doubt it looking at this cake!
    la tarta tiene una pinta estupenda!!!!
    besitos

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  12. Happy late birthday! ;) I always end up baking my own cake too! Your cake turned out beautifully, and it sounds like perfection! Coffe and choc were made for each other!!

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    1. Hi Jocelyn thanks for your comment and I´m glad to see that I´m not the only one baking my own cake..lol! Xx

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