Noah’s Ark Birthday Cake for Daniel
650g unsalted butter
650g plain chocolate
100ml very strong
coffee- espresso is
3 tsp vanilla essence
650g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp bicarbonate of
950g light soft brown
2 x 284ml/9½ fl oz
Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas
Butter, double-line and wrap the
sides of the 30cm deep-round cake
tin as before. Put the butter and
chocolate into a medium saucepan,
then stir over a low heat until melted
and smooth. Stir in the coffee and
Sift the flour, baking powder and
bicarbonate of soda into the biggest
bowl you have. Add the sugar,
breaking down any lumps with your
fingertips if necessary. Beat the eggs
and soured cream together in a jug
or bowl and pour into the flour mix.
Pour in the melted chocolate mix as
well, then stir with a wooden spoon
until you have a thick, even
Pour into the prepared tin and
bake for 2½ hrs – don’t open the
oven door before 2 hrs is up, as this
will cause the cake to sink. Once
cooked, leave in the tin to cool
completely. Wrap with cling wrap until you are ready to decorate.
2 hrs, 30 mins
Easy Serves 50
When the cake is cool trim sides into the shape of boat.
Finish off by sticking on icing animal faces and placing the animals on the deck.
Make the sea by using Royal icing mix and blue food dye sprinkle with Blue sugar crystal decorations.
Enjoy !! Happy Birthday Daniel !!!