This cake is really special for me, because it was a birthday cake I made for my mum when I was 13. The chocolate Ferrari logo on top of the cake was made by piping melted chocolate on a baking paper with a print out of the logo stuck behind it, so I piped using the print out. It’s a gluten free and eggless chocolate cake, with an orange frosting, and some melted chocolate decorations. I know the frosting job was horribly messy, but hey, I was 13, and this is one of the first layer cakes I have made. The chocolate on the top sides of the cake is just swiggly piped chocolate, and the chocolate at the bottom was made by piping a thick layer of chocolate at the bottom, then using a fork to mix it with the frosting to give it that effect.
Chocolate cake recipe adapted from: “Piece of Cake” cookbook by Camilla V. Saulsbury
Orange frosting recipe adapted from : http://www.joyofbaking.com/VanillaCake.html
For the cake:
2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup coca powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Egg replacer equivalent of 2 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup boiling water
For the frosting:
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 tablespoons milk
2/3 tablespoon orange zest
Orange food coloring, optional
For the cake: Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Line with parchment paper or grease and flour 2 9″ round cake pans.
In a bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the egg replacer, oil and buttermilk to the flour mixture and stir until blended. Gradually pour in the boiling water, stirring until blended (The batter will be very thin)
Pour the batter equally into the prepared pans and bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cakes come out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let it cool before frosting.
For the frosting : Beat the butter until soft, with an electric mixer.
Add in the vanilla extract and mix well. Slowly sift in the confectioners sugar with the mixer running. Add in the milk and beat.
Add the orange zest, and the food coloring if using, and mix well.
To assemble: Lay the bottom cake layer on your base, slather on some frosting, add the top cake layer, then frost the sides and the top.