I love making things for friends. I wanted to make something fun for another friends birthday. I decided to do a “chocolate” cake. And when I say “chocolate”, I mean the cake is solid chocolate!
I wanted the “cake” to look like it was frosted with sprinkles so I got some of the color burst melting chocolates for my base. I took some of the brights and the pastels and placed in a microwave safe bowl and heated for 1 minute. Then stirred and heated another 30 seconds. Because of this type of chocolate I needed to add another 30 seconds to make sure I had all the pieces melted. I poured some of my melted chocolate into a round plastic bowl and rolled the bowl around to coat the inside. This went into the freezer for about 5 minutes. I added more chocolate to get a good thickness since this is going to be the outside of the cake.
Next I took some milk chocolate and melted it the same way. I added some chopped pecans to the melted chocolate and poured that into my bowl and put in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
Then I took some Jet-Puff marshmallow cream and Nutella and put each into ziplock bags. I find if you microwave these just a little it’s easier to squeeze out of the bag. I heated the Nutella for about 20 seconds. The Jet-Puff only about 5 seconds. It melts FAST! Then I squeezed some of each onto the top of my chocolate pecans.
Next, I melted some red chocolate and added some Craisins and poured that on top of my marshmallow cream/Nutella.
All that went back in the freezer for a while. It needs to be frozen solid to help it release from the bowl. I think I had mine in for about an hour while I was working on other things. When I was ready I turned the bowl over, pushed on the sides and top and my chocolate popped out. I took a parring knife and trimmed the access chocolate.
I inserted a plastic stick in the middle that had a balloon on it. I used a filet knife and drilled out a hole and inserted the stick. (Be sure to wash the stick before inserting into the chocolate). I took different colored chocolates and put each into ziplock bags, microwaved for 1 minute, kneaded the bag, and microwaved for another 30 seconds. I cut a small tip out of one corner and began to pipe on some different decorations. To get the ruffled effects of the leaves, cut the bag inwards just a bit instead of cutting the tip off. Do a few practice squeezes on your wax paper to get the right effect.
I cut out a smaller circle from one of my cake disks to fit my cake. I took some more of my blue chocolate and piped some on the bottom of the cake to keep it from sliding off the cardboard. All this was slipped into a small bag and tied up with ribbon.
I was working on another birthday gift at the same time and had a few Nutter Butters left that were covered in the same chocolate. I took some of my chocolates and remelted and put my message on the cookies. I had a little trouble with the holes I cut in my bags of chocolates (plus a double espresso) so it looks like a 4 year old did them but I like having an edible birthday message!!
And when I made the card I added what was inside.
Happy Birthday, Megan!!! : )