Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Birthday Cake Unveiled - " Ferrero Rocher White & Dark Chocolate Cake"



















Today is my birthday....a day I put aside to remember the labor pain my mom went through just to deliver me into world....and the years of bringing me up to be a proper person. My mom went back to be with the Lord 4 years ago and I miss her very much. And today is a special day. Yesss...my mom brought me into this part of the world and I would like to dedicate this post to her ....mom , if you are looking down and reading this post, I want to thank you for going through all the pains for my existence today :)

Close friends asked me what cake will I making for my birthday. ( they can't wait to savor :p ) I could not answer them for I really do not know what cake to make for this special day...a cake I would like to dedicate to my Mom.....a beautiful woman, my mentor and my best friend . A wonderful mom who taught me how to cook rice and fry vegetables and taught me how to do marketing when I was 12 years old. My culinary skill taught by her came handy today and I hope my Joanna will be able to cook well like the dear Grandmama :) This special cake is " Ferrero Rocher White & Dark Chocolate Cake !



















I remembered seeing this luscious and sinfully rich chocolatey cake from one of Ellie's post. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it in her blog. A classy cake with my favourite chocs on it....made with lots of love, passion and patience ! I managed to bake this cake and have it assembled and tops with chocolate ganache and ferrero rochers....all in 5 hours....in between waiting for the cake to cool down before I can cut and assembled them , I watched one episode of ' Ghost Writer ' LOL!
Woke up this birthday morning at 5.30 am , did some photo shots and managed to make a birthday wish before I cut the cake into 8 slices. Packed some for Claire and my other two friends and not to forget my Piggy Cousin. Kept 3 slices for Daddy and myself for our after dinner dessert :) My Piggies are not here so they missed the opportunity to savor this luscious and sinfully rich chocolatey cake :) Sorry babes...will make it up to you when your birthdays come :)

This cake is made of white and dark chocolate from bottom layer to the top and finished with Ferrero Rocher and Ferrero Rondnoir . A beautiful cake to start the day ! Thank you Ellie , for sharing this cake with me ....my birthday cake! :)

Sorry, for not being able to Fedex this cake to all of you beautiful people who have been leaving beautiful notes and kind encouragement for me on my two blogs. But I can share with you the cake I baked virtually :p Help yourself to a slice please ! :)














































































































































Ferrero Rocher White & Dark Chocolate Cake ( adapted from Almost Bourdain )

Ingredients:

175 g (6 oz) butter, soften, plus extra for greasing
100 g (4 oz) white chocolate
100 g (4 oz) dark chocolate
3 eggs
100 ml (3 1/2 fl oz) milk
175 g (6 oz) caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
200 g (8 oz) self-raising flour
2 tbsp very strong coffee
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the ganache and to decorate:

285 ml double cream
200 g (8 oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
50 g (2 oz) white chocolate, melted
12 x Ferrero Rochers or (I use 6 x Ferrero Rondnoirs and 6 x Ferrero Gardens)


* Ferrero Rondnoir - Crisp dark chocolate (30%) covered specialty, with a smooth filling and a dark chocolate (10.5%) centre.

* Ferrero Garden - Coconut (21%) covered wafer specialty with an almond (5%) filling.

Method:

1. Heat oven to 180C / 350F. Butter and bottom-line 2 x 20 cm cake tins.


2. For the cake, break the white and dark chocolate into two small bowls, then melt in the microwave on High for 1 minute or over a pan of simmering water.

3. Put everything else, except the coffee and vanilla, into a large bowl, then beat until creamy.

4. Divide the mixture in two, then add the coffee and melted dark chocolate to one bowl, and the vanilla and melted white chocolate to the other.

5. Stir until mixed through, then tip into the tins.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until rise and slightly shrunk from the sides of the tins.

7. Cool in the tins for a few minutes, then turn onto a wire rack.

8. For the ganache, heat the cream in a pan, then break the dark chocolate into a large bowl. once the cream is just boiling, pour it onto the chocolate, then leave for 5 minutes.

9. Stir until smooth, then leave until thickened and cool.

10. Split the cakes in two across the middle (a bread knife works well), layer up the pieces, alternating white and dark layers, and sandwiching, then topping them with the ganache.

11. To decorate, spoon the melted white chocolate into a piping bag with a fine nozzle (or use a sandwich bag and snip off the end instead).

12. Zig- zag the white chocolate over the cake, then finish with placing 12 Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

13. Serve on its own or for dessert with pouring cream.

Note: Best eaten on the day, but keeps in airtight container for up to 3 days.




Hope you have a great time drooling and salivating over your keyboards !
and thanks to all of you who have wished me yesterday and leaving
lovely birthday wishes on my Facebook !



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37 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, Elin! I am honoured and super special that you pick this cake for your birthday!! It's really a very special cake for a special ocassion!

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  2. Hi,Elin "Happy Birthday" to you! May you have a wonderful day today! What a lovely birthday cake you had made,your mom up there sure will be happy to see this.

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  3. wow, a very special cake baked by a special lady. Happy Birthday, Elin..

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  4. Happy birthday.
    And your cake looks gorgeous. I wish you good luck in all your food adventures in the upcoming year.

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  5. Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE Ferrero Rocher - they just should never, ever change. Have a wonderful one.

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  6. Happy birthday, Elin! the cake looks so good!

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  7. The cake is amazing! I love that dark black shiny covering! So glossy!
    Will have to make that for hubbs b'day, Ferrero Rocher (original) is his fav chocs!
    I love the garden one - mmmmm....coconut....!
    Xxxx

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  8. I love FR. Happy birthday, Elin! =)

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  9. Happy Birthday to you Elin! The cake is so beautiful, and looks so sinfully delicious, I am drooling over it, yum yum!

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  10. Happy Birthday to you again! Love this Rocher cake...very luscious looking! Love the idea you use the white and dark theme using rocher as deco..yum yum!

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  11. Happy Birthday !!! May God bless you adundantly.

    I am truly drooling over the cake, those black and white layers are really pretty.
    You've just given me an inspiration for my hubby's birthday cake in 2 week's time.
    Thanks.

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  12. For a chocoholics like me this cake with Ferrero Rocher and chocolate is heavenly!! :)
    I'm salivating right now.
    Happy Chocolaty Birthday Elin!!! :)

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  13. Happiest Birthday! This would make anyone happy for their special day. A chocolate heaven!

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  14. What a stunning cake to celebrate a wonderful person's entrance into this world! Thank you so much for sharing it with us...I only wish I could take a slice. Happy Birthday, love!

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  15. Beautiful cake! I thought it looked good from the outside and then I saw those layers on the inside--wow! Happy birthday!

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  16. It's a nice birthday cake Elin! I'm drooling over here.

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  17. Happy '25th' Birthday Elin.
    Hope you had a fantastic day.

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  18. I actually thought you bought the cake yourself (or someone had bought it for you!)WOW! You are absolutely INCREDIBLE! It was utterly scrumptious! Hope you had a great day and a wonderful birthday celebration.

    Piggy Cuz

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  19. Thank you so much for these lovely warm and sweet birthday wishes from all of you . Thank you,here are my hugs and muaxs to all of you :)

    Glad that you all agrees that this cake is awesome and I am happy to share with you Ellie's cake . It tasted so good that Daddy who loves only butter cake requested to have this one for his birthday :p

    Don't know yet what to bake for your loved ones ?? This cake will be your answer then :) who wouldn't love ferrero rocher ! I do !

    Have a great weekend :)
    Elin

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  20. Piggy Cuz,

    Glad that you enjoyed that delectable slice of cake :) I love to bake if I am not too tired and this cake is too good to give it a miss. I wish I had borrowed your maid for a while ...heehee to help me do up the washing after the baking session. Gosh ..all the messy and greasy mixing bowls and utensils !

    Thanks for all the pressies and birthday card and lovely birthday wishes.

    Did not go out to celebrate or paint the town red coz my two Piggies are not around to celebrate with me so 'Daddy ' cooked dinner and cooked a special dish for me. So I took a day off from the kitchen and let him have a day cooking and washing. Birthday gal gets the day off...so now I wish everyday is my birthday. Stay tuned for his special dish which I will invite him again to do a guest post for me :p

    Take care and hugs,
    Elin

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  21. OH MY WORD does that look sooooo incredibly delicious! What an amazing birthday cake! Happy happy happy birthday! :) I love ferrero rocher but can't eat it anymore because I'm allergic to hazelnuts :( I'm just amazed with your cake, it's gorgeous!

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  22. Wow !!! That cake looks amazing! Happy birthday!

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  23. gingerbreadcake & from BAto Paris

    thank you so much for dropping by and the birthday wishes :)

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  24. this cake and I will be great friends one day. i swear. in fact, my birthday is in 23 days and it might make an appearance.

    also, such lovely thoughts on your birthday about your mother. it's something to think about instead of being all greedy.

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  25. Hi Baking Barrister...thanks for dropping by :) It would be great to bake this cake for your coming birthday. Your family and friends will surely fall for it :)
    Let me be the first to wish you Happy Birthday and have a great day!

    Cheers,
    Elin

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  26. 1. Happy birthday Elin!
    2. That is the most gorgeous cake ever.

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  27. Hi Rick,

    Thank you so much :)

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  28. Hi,

    Happy B'day...God Bless...That is one of the most beautiful cakes i have ever set my eyes upon...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  29. What a beautiful post honouring your Mom, I am sure she is looking down on you with a great bug smile!

    Mouth watering deliciousness! I know exactly which cake I am going to bake nest, I hope I can do it justice. I can't wait to indulge in a piece.

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  30. Sorry Elin, I don't think I would be able to make it for the bloggers meet-up dinner. I m so tied down as I work from morning till night. Anyway, thanks for the invitation.

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  31. Dr. Sameena...thanks for dropping by :)

    Grace...you must try this out...it is the most beautiful cake with great texture and top with FR ..who can resists this cake :)

    Wenn...it is okay...you must ask hubby to give you time off :p

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  32. what a beautiful cake! That chocolate coating looks almost sinful!! I hope you had a great birthday!

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  33. Chef Dennis...thank you...yesss I had the most wonderful birthday...great cake and dinner :p

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