Eat my Bubbles!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother Birthday, another birthday cake!  This one was made up of three cakes with boozy blueberry jelly and vanilla ‘buttercream’ in the middle and covered in a dark chocolate ganache, chocolate flakes and finally topped with blueberries – some of which were soaked in moonshine.

  • 360ml soya milk
  • 1 ½ tsp cider vinegar
  • 225g sugar
  • 120ml rapeseed oil
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 165g plain flour
  • 60g cocoa
  • 1 large tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp blueberry jelly
  • Splosh of sweet fortified fruit wine
  • 2 tbsp Pure margarine
  • 150g-200g icing sugar
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 50ml soya cream
  • Chocolate flakes
  • Blueberries or other fruit

Add the vinegar to the soya milk and let it curdle then whip it up a bit with a whisk so it’s a bit bubbly. Stir in the sugar, oil and vanilla and whisk up until the sugar has dissolved. Put the dry ingredients into a sieve and add to the liquid. Whisk up again until smooth and all the flour has mixed in well. Divide into three cake tins and bake at 180°C for 20 minutes. To test if they are cooked, insert a toothpick and check it comes out dry. Cool the cakes on a cooling rack for half an hour or so. Mix the margarine with the icing sugar until stiff (the frosting not you!), it’ll take some elbow grease! Then warm the jelly in a pan with the booze and take off the heat. Put one cake on the serving plate you have chosen and spread the jelly generously over it. Cut the second cake into two halves (horizontally!) and place one of the halves onto the jellied cake. Spread the frosting over that one then place the second half on top. Spread the remaining jelly on that one and place the third cake on top. Next, make the ganache by placing a bowl in a saucepan with a couple of inches of water in it. Put on the heat and drop the chocolate into it. Gently heat the chocolate until it melts then stir in the cream. Using a spatula spread the ganache over the whole cake. Using your hand, pat the chocolate flakes onto the side of the cake. Pile up the fruit on top and voilà! If you want to add a message in icing on the cake then knock yourself out!

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