After baking the Hershey's Chocolate Cake yesterday (actually I baked two), today I need to make frosting. The recipe that I am using is Chocolate Buttercream from Alice at Savory Sweet Life. This is at Landon's request. We are celebrating his birthday and he asked for a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. He also asked that his birthday cake have snakes on it. He's an avid fan of snakes. He loves to read about them, or watch the snake wranglers on television, or watch Billy the Exterminator relocate a pesky one. So my mission today is to make the frosting and decorate a cake with snakes. I'll start with the frosting.
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or 1/2 pound), softened (but not melted)
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract
4 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
Assemble the ingredients that you will need.
Cream the butter for a few minutes in a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed.
Sift the powdered sugar and the cocoa powder into the mixing bowl.
Now turn the mixer on the lowest speed, (so that the dry ingredients do not blow everywhere) until the sugar and cocoa are absorbed by the butter.
Drop several blobs of frosting on the top of the cake.
Next I'll add some simple borders with a #22 tip.
Both cakes are the basically the same, but this one is going to get a simple birthday message, and will probably be eaten by the adults.
Now, decorating with snakes. I decided to try fondant for the snakes. This was my first time to work with fondant, and I learned some new things. I read about fondant before I tackled it. I learned that I could make it homemade or buy it ready to use. This time I opted to use the store bought version.
I also bought an embossing tool that I thought looked like a lot of fun.
So I jumped right in and started making snakes. Fondant works a lot like play doh.
So I finally finished the snake cake. I hope Landon will like it.
Oops, I almost forgot to add the birthday candle.
The fondant was easy to work with. It dries out pretty quickly though, so it needs to be kept in the package until you're ready to use it. I'll have to try another project with it soon.