Today is Aishwarya's birthday. She wanted an overdose of chocolate in everything on her special day. She wanted her lunch all chocolaty - with Nutella sandwich, chocolate brownies, chocolate dipped strawberries and chocolate milk to wash it all down with !! And she wanted her birthday cake to be a chocolate cup cake with chocolate frosting. This is what I came up with - with an overload of chocolates to please my little darling.
This has milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate in it. The birthday girl hasn't seen this yet. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this Chocolate Overload would satisfy her craving for chocolate.
Chocolate Whipped Cream:
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 - 4 tablespoons (35-50 grams) granulated white sugar, or to taste
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or Dutch processed)
1 cup (240 ml) cold heavy whipping cream
Place your mixing bowl and wire whisk in the freezer for about 15-30 minutes. Place the vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and cocoa powder in the cold bowl. Stir in about 2 tablespoons of the cream to form a thick paste (this will dissolve the cocoa powder). Then add the rest of the cream and beat just until stiff peaks form. If not using immediately, cover and refrigerate. Makes about 2 cups (480 ml) whipped cream
200gm dark chocolate ,chopped
Combine chocolate and butter in a pan and stir over low heat.When the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth,cool until mixture becomes spreadable.
2 cups White chocolate,chopped
Cut strips of baking paper the height required. Melt the chocolate in two batches.I used the microwave and microwaved the chocolate for 20 second increments stirring at the end of every 20 seconds. take a small amount of white chocolate and spread it out over the baking paper strip using an angled spatula. Once the chocolate starts to set cut the chocolate into strips.
Milk chocolate,shaved into curls using a sharp knife
Chocolate Cake carved in the shape of a cup cake
Method to assemble:
Slice the cake in half horizontally. If you want your cake to be moist, you may drizzle some sugar syrup over the cake. Apply a layer of chocolate butter followed by a layer of chocolate whipped cream over the bottom layer. Now place the upper layer on top of it and and apply the whipped cream frosting all around the cake. Place the chocolate strips around the cake. Now pipe the top of the cake with chocolate butter and decorate it further with chocolate curls.