Monster cake

Monster cake

This is the cake we made to celebrate Lucías eighth birthday. Like everything freak in this web, it started out as a normal chocolate cake on which you could put eyes and teeth and transform into a Monster Cake, and this is the result. Considering I had a great time making it and that the birthday girl was delighted, I think we can say the result was pretty awesome.

I took the chocolate birthday cake recipe from the blog “La receta de la felicidad” (in Spanish), with some variations.

Up and atom!

For the two sponge cakes:

- 500 g butter

- 500 g sugar

- 450 g flour

- 8 eggs

- 50 g corn starch

- 2 Royal baking powder bags (around 30 g)

- Red food coloring

For the eyes, teeth and horns:

- 2 white chocolate bars

- Some pieces of sponge cake (what we cut out to level them)

- 1 tablespoon cream cheese

With the amounts for the frosting given above there was more than enough, I think that with half or two thirds it would be OK.

At first I made the sponge cake with half the ingredients, but it didn’t rise enough to cut it in half and I wanted to fill the cake with chocolate, so I made another one (in the ingredients list I tell you the total amount for the two cakes). I added the food coloring because I wanted the cake to be red in the inside, so that it would contrast with the brown on the outside when carving out the mouth, but it turned out a pale pink (which isn’t bad, either).

The steps:

1. Melt butter and mix with sugar.

2. Add eggs, one by one. Then add flour, baking powder and corn starch. Mix well. At this point the mix is so solid that it looks like it doesn’t even need to be baked, I suppose the cake’s texture is very firm so that it can be filled.

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3. Put the mix into a wrapped or oiled mold and bake at 180ºC for 40 min, until you can poke it with a skewer and it comes out clean. Unmold and let it cool. Since I’m not really good with sponge cakes, mine were a little sunken in the middle.

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But since I was going to put one over the other I used the two flatter parts as top and bottom, like this:

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I didn’t really care.

4. To prepare the frosting, melt the chocolate in the microwave, careful not to burn it. Mix the softened butter with powdered sugar with an electric hand mixer, vigorously. Add chocolate and mix well.

5. Fill the cake and cover it completely with the chocolate frosting. Before covering the cake we carved out what would be the monster’s mouth.

6. Put the eyes, horns and hair. Eyes and horns are made with what’s left from leveling the cakes and mixed with cream cheese, just enough to give them a Plasticine-like texture. Model the figures and cover them with melted white chocolate.

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We round it up by putting some liquorice hair and a little tail.

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The teeth are made out of pieces of white chocolate. We made the pupils and the outline for the mouth with chocolate and strawberry pencils, Vahine brand, which I found by chance when I was planning the recipe.

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The lipstick touch was Lucía’s idea, to make it clear it was a she-monster. You can’t appreciate it much in the picture, but the inside of the cake is pinkish, totally realistic.

Now the only thing left was eating it…

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