Buttercream Frosting Cake with Bitter Chocolate Drizzled...all over
March 7 was my 18th birthday! The weekend produced loads of delicious food, not all of which I can take credit for, including some very interesting cookies (made by all those at my party) which I should get on this blog soon enough, a buttercream frosting cake with bitter chocolate drizzled over it (which i did solo), and risotto with mushrooms (by my papa).
Also feel free to add lemon zest to the batter.
In the meantime, you should begin to make the frosting, which is the best part of the cake. I don't have exact measurements for this because it's really obvious when you've done it right: it stops tasting just like butter and it becomes whiter. I used 4 cups of butter (this must ice the entire outside and the middle of the cake so it's not as ridiculous as it sounds) and a box and a half of confectioner's sugar. Cream the butter first and then add the confectioner's sugar little by little, scraping the sides and the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Towards the end, when the color and taste satisfies you, add about 2ish tablespoons of brandy or grand marnier and beat for one last time.
When your cake is done, let it cool and then very carefully dislodge the cake from it's tin with a pie cutter. Make sure you completely free it otherwise the top will rip off as you lift the tin (as mine did). Once the cake is cool enough, use a rubber spatula to spread the frosting on one of the cakes and then press them together. Finish icing the cake, making sure you reach all the sides (you can always make more frosting if you need to). You should also melt the baking chocolate in a double boiler while the cake is baking. Don't use chocolate with any sugar in it since the cake is fairly sweet on it's own and you really need a flavor to cut it. Finally, refrigerate for as long as you can before you eat it (30 minutes minimum).
My friends enjoyed licking the whisks and scraping the sides of the icing bowl, which I was happy to provide and I will admit that I had a slice of it for breakfast the Monday after my birthday weekend. I'll pay for that one day, but on that morning it was exactly what I needed. Until next time.