Happy Easter! I hope you all managed to eat plenty of chocolate today…I know my family did!
I’ve had a busy bank holiday weekend so far – I cooked a Mexican feast for 11 on Friday night, went to the Bournemouth Beer Festival yesterday, headed out to breakfast with friends this morning and then to my mums for an Easter egg hunt and roast dinner this afternoon…Where I found time to make this cake I’m not quite sure, but I’m glad I did!
I can’t take any credit for the design of this one – it’s totally copied from one of the many versions doing the rounds on the internet. I used to be creative…I even went to art college and went to Uni to study graphic design! Unfortunately I had run out of ideas by Christmas in my first year so I gave up on that career. I’m now much happier being able to search the internet for inspiration and ideas to adapt!
This cake does take a little while to put together, but if I’m honest, the worst part of it was waiting for the topping to cool/thicken enough before pouring it over the cake! I get very impatient when I can see it coming together and want to rush ahead and finish it. And to be fair, I still did this so the floating pig did sink a little further into the ‘mud’ that he was meant to due to me being too quick to drop him in!
Everyone loved this cake, especially my 3 year old nephew! My nan and grandad were equally as impressed – my nan convinced I’d inherited my skills from her and my grandad quizzing me on what a blog is, who looks at a blog, how I can tell if anyone looks at my blog and why I would write a blog…..mother….please show grandad this so he can understand slightly better than the way I described it!
My biggest tips when making this cake would be…
- Wait for the chocolate/cream mix to cool and thicken before you fill the cake as otherwise it will seep through the kit-kats.
- Wait until the chocolate/cream mix is almost set before dropping the pigs in, otherwise they may sink too low!
- If you’re a beginner, don’t try to make a swirl in the ‘mud’ like in the original photo – it will just look like it’s gone wrong/a mess!
I chose to make the cake a Mississippi Mud Cake as I thought it was pretty apt for the look!
Recipe adapted from the Hummingbird bakery home sweet home book –
- Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4 / 160°C (fan) / 180°C and line 3 20cm (8in) cake tins
- In a freestanding electric mixer with the paddle attachment (or using a hand-held electric whisk) cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition
- In a medium bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt together
- Mix the buttermilk and vanilla extract together in a jug
- Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar – mix well on a medium speed
- Add 1/3 of the buttermilk mixture – mix well on a medium speed
- Repeat these steps until it is all combined
- Slowly add the boiling water, mixing until combined
- Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cake tins
- Bake for approximately 35-45mins
- Remove from the tins and allow to cool completely before frosting
Method for making the frosting:
- Using the electric whisk or mixer with the paddle attachment, slowly beat together the icing sugar, cocoa and butter until the butter is completely mixed in (mixture will still be powdery at this stage)
- With the machine still running on a slow speed, gradually pour in the milk
- Once added increase the speed to high and whisk until light and fluffy
- Spread evenly between the two cakes
I can’t really tell you how to make the pigs as it’s up to you how you want them to look! I just mixed in some pink food colouring to the icing and kneaded it well to create a smooth colour. Then I copied the look of the pigs from the orginal image.
Method for making the chocolate sauce:
- Put your cream in a pan over low heat
- Keep stirring until it just starts to boil
- In between break the chocolate bars into pieces
- When the cream is almost boiling take it from the heat and gradually add chocolate
- Keep stirring until you have a nice smooth mass and then leave to cool stirring every now and again
This is where you need to be patient! Make sure it has cooled and thickened before you take the next steps!
- Break your kitkats in two (if they are the 4 finger variety!) and have them ready
- Once your chocolate sauce has cooled at thickened to a custard consistency you can start smearing it on the sides of your cake. Use a spatula or the back if a knife to do this.
- Once you’ve smeared it all around you can stick your kitkats on. This can be a bit tricky so place them on a slight angle against the cake. When you have gone right around quickly tie your ribbon around the cake. This will pull the kitkats up straight against your cake
- When the left over chocolate sauce is only just fluid pour it over the top of the cake. MAKE SURE IT IS NOT TOO THIN WHEN YOU DO THIS OR IT WILL SEEP BETWEEN THE KITKATS.
- Before it totally sets place your little piggies on the chocolate
- Place in the fridge to set
And that’s that – a great looking cake that tastes good too. We all ate it for pudding and had it with warmed custard. It doesn’t need it, but it was a great addition!