I always felt intimated when asked to bring a cake to family parties, so I always brought cupcakes instead. I worried that the cake layers would be too dry and that I didn’t know how to decorate them very well. So when I was asked to bring the birthday cake to my uncle’s birthday last month, I knew I had to step up my game and learn how to properly frost a cake.
I watched youtube video after video and purchased everything each one used. Then I made my first pretty cake, the Cannoli Cake, and since then have literally gone cake crazy. While the cakes are not perfectly frosted and beautifully decorated yet, I think that I have come a long way, and can’t wait to make more!
I ended up making this chocolate cake with Nutella mousse and Italian meringue buttercream for my uncle’s birthday. Actually I made two, one for him and one for the blog. This cake is hands down THE BEST CAKE I HAVE EVER HAD.
Although Italian Meringue Buttercream takes a bit of time to make and requires a ton of Plugrá butter (the only type I’ll use) it is the best for frosting cakes. The recipe actually makes enough to frost a large 3 tiered cake, unlike many others. Then there is the flavor. Oh the flavor. It tastes like butter and who doesn’t like that? I usually use a bit of salted butter in the frosting which pairs beautifully with the chocolate, coffee infused cake and nutty Nutella mousse. Another thing that is great about this frosting is that it is smooth and hardens well in the fridge.
The cake itself is light and moist. I made the layers 2 days before the party and wrapped them in plastic wrap until I was ready to assemble. The Nutella mousse just takes the cake to a new level. Like the cake, it is light but full on flavor. The nuttiness compliments the cake so well! I think I have found my new favorite birthday cake!
This is a great cake to serve at a party this holiday season. Enjoy!