With Father's Day approaching our thoughts turn to everything Dad. School children are furiously coloring cards, glueing decorations on paper ties and pestering their mother to buy Dad a new tackle box for Father's Day.
Oh wait, that's Mike who's pestering me for a new tackle box.
When Father's Day approaches I personally, of course, start thinking food. What to make dad on his special day, what perfect home cooked meal shall I prepare?
Then the realization slowly dawns that I don't want to really cook that evening since we are going to be freshly home from the lake with about 10 tonnes of laundry to do and more, so why not go out for dinner and then return home to a glorious home-made cake?
I win, Dad wins, we all win. Winner Winner Father's Day dinner!
This cake is a decadent four layer chocolate cake, with rich, luxurious home-made chocolate mousse sandwiched betwixt the cake layers.
There's another little secret that I decided to use to make this cake just completely over-the-top when it comes to flavor.
The brown icing is my chocolate buttercream icing. Instead of coloring the icing brown I made up a batch of the chocolate buttercream and used it instead.
This was one of the best tasting cakes ever with that icing!
For the cake you need 4 layers, so make either two cake mixes or try this Old Fashioned chocolate cake recipe. Whip up a batch of my Best Buttercream Icing Ever recipe AND a batch of my chocolate buttercream icing recipe.
Then make up a batch of the simplest yet best chocolate mousse, recipe below.
- 1/3 cup whipping cream
- 8 oz chocolate of choice
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 cups of whipping cream to fold in later
Melt your chocolate and whipping cream together in a thick pot on the stove over medium-low heat.
Beat the egg yolks until creamy yellow.
Add some of the warm chocolate mixture to the egg yolks to temper them, mixing quickly and thoroughly.
Add the tempered egg yolks into the chocolate mixture and whisk the ingredients together.
Cook over medium-low heat for another 4-5 minutes until the mixture has thickened.
Set aside and cool.
Once cooled, pour the whipping cream into a bowl and beat with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form.
Fold the whipped cream into the cooked chocolate mixture until combined completely.
For the cake:
1) Freeze your individual cake layers.
2) Once they are frozen, it's time to stack them.
3) Stack your first cake layer then add a layer of chocolate mousse. Repeat until you have used all 4 cake layers, ending with a cake layer on top and not a layer of mousse.
4) Cover the cake with a crumb coating, which is a layer of plain buttercream icing that coats the whole cake, catching crumbs in the icing and making it a smooth surface to work on.
5)Place the cake in the freezer if possible to freeze the crumb coating solid.
6) While the cake is freezing, prepare your icing. Color half of the plain buttercream icing blue. Depending on your choice, you can make the top of the cake either all brown or all white. You may have to make more plain icing for an all white top.
You will need three Wilton #18 icing tips to make these stars. One icing bag will be blue icing, one will be plain buttercream icing and one will be chocolate icing.
7) Start out the pattern below.
Chocolate, plain, chocolate, blue. Repeat around the cake.
On the next layer, pipe the pattern as shown. Plain, chocolate, blue chocolate. The stars have to be shifted one place over to the left in order to get the pattern.
See how the blue icing stars are shifted one place back every time and are now starting to form a diagonal line? This is how it should look. Pipe the pattern around the entire cake, row by row.
Keep piping the pattern row by row and it will eventually be all covered and looks like this. You may choose to do a multi-colored top, plain white, all chocolate, pick what you would like.
The lovely part about this cake is it truly is very simple to decorate. Once you invest in a few Wilton #18 tips, you can create other cakes with this pattern, such as my Simple Canada Day Cake and my Easy Fourth of July Cake.
What are your plans for Dad this weekend?
We will be at the lake of course and then come home for a lovely dinner with Mike. There may or may not be a tackle box for him all wrapped up pretty. There most certainly will be cards from the kids, lots of hugs and I might not even ask him to help with the 10 tonnes of laundry we are bringing home from the lake.
Thanks for stopping by and reading everyone!