This is the third time that I baked a chocolate cake. The first one was a birthday cake for my brother Jof, the second one was a batch of cupcakes for Ria's birthday. The problem is not really with the cake itself -- I use Heny Sison's recipe so how can I go wrong with that? -- it's just that I can't get the frosting right! I follow the recipe and the directions down to every single cup, teaspoon, drop, comma, period, etc...but the end product that I get is always nowhere near the one that Heny Sison made in our class! Arrggh!! My first fudge frosting became stiff like fondant, and the second one was not perfect as well. And the third one? We'll talk about that later. For now, take a good look at these pictures because this will be the last time that I will be baking chocolate cake. Ever.
Notice the layered ones? These babies are no bigger than 3inches in diameter. I sliced the top of the cake to make them even, cut the excess with a cookie cutter, then I dipped the cutouts in melted white chocolate. Candy sprinkle decoration by Alyannah.
As I was saying, this is the last time that I will bake chocolate cake. Why? Because still I can't get the fudge frosting right! The first batch of frosting that I made for this was a complete disaster! After whisking and stirring the milk and chocolate mixture for more than an hour, I decided to take a shower while waiting for it to cool. When I got back, the frosting became solid! As in rock hard. I had a hard time cutting it with a knife! So I tried another recipe and this time the frosting was spreadable. But that's it! I will not attempt to make another chocolate cake again. The cake itself is easy to make, but the frosting is a different story. It's a time-consuming and laborious process which makes driving from Tagaytay all the way to Shell Magallanes for a box of Polly's chocolate cake a lot easier than baking the cake myself!
Buti na lang something good came out of this frosting thing. For my second attempt, I had to make a dash to Central Plaza to buy the ingredients and I discovered this:
1-kilo chocolate bars for only THB145 (dark chocolate) and THB 170(white choco). Super cheap!
I used the dark chocolate one (blended with cream) for the frosting. The white chocolate one...well, I bought it because I love white choco so haven't used it yet. For now, it will keep me company when I have my chocolate cravings. Hehe!