Friday, September 9, 2011

Super Moist Chocolate Cake | Spiderman Cake- My little one turns 4:)

Time flies so fast. Can't believe A~ is 4 years old. Happy Birthday Kaju Kutty. God Bless you.

When he was1 year it was elmo, when he was two, it was barney and thomas, when he was three it was toystory and more recently spiderman. So, for his fourth birthday I decided to bake a spiderman cake. I have baked cakes before, but I have never done any icing. It is just too much sugar and I do not do that normally.  This is also the first character cake I am baking. With my level of experience, I should have taken up something simple, but then my son adores spiderman and I wanted to try it out as well.



I bought the Wilton spiderman pan. It comes with complete instructions. I followed it...almost. I started the icing late in the night. I was tired, worried my second one would wake up and I would have to leave it half way through. So I skipped few things. The instructions are elaborate but this cake takes a lot of time. Take this up, if you have lot of time on hand.


I decided to do a chocolate cake. This chocolate cake recipe never fails. It is super moist and yummy.

Super Moist Chocolate Cake
Adapted from here
Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

All Purpose flour - 2 cups
Sugar - 2 cups
Baking soda - 2 tsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Unsweetened cocoa powder - 3/4 cup

Wet Ingredients
Oil - 1/2 cup
Eggs - 2 large
Buttermilk - 1 cup
Boiling water - 1 cup
vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Method
* Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
* Prepare the pan by greasing the pan with shortening and dusting it with flour. The wilton instructions specifically asked not to grease using butter or oil.
* Sift the dry ingredients and mix well.
* Mix the wet ingredients together.
* Add the dry ingredient mixture slowly into the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
* Pour into the pan and bake for 35-40 mts or until the toothpick comes out clean.
* When cake is done let it cool for 10-15 mts in the pan.
* Invert the cake onto a cooling rack and let it cool completely about an hour.

Note:
The changes I did to the original recipe are I added baking powder and reduced the oil by half.



I used the buttercream frosting recipe that came along with the Wilton  spiderman pan instructions.

Ingredients
powdered sugar - 1 lb (4 cups)
solid vegetable shortening - 1/2 cup
butter - 1/2 cup
vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Method
* Beat shortening and butter with a hand mixer
* Add vanilla essence
* Add powdered sugar slowly and beat well until it is combined well.


For the icing - Follow Wilton spiderman cake instructions.

I took it to A~ 's school and everybody loved it. The chocolate cake is super yummy and the recipe is a keeper.


Notes:
It helps to prepare the icing before hand and refrigerate. It is very time consuming if you do everything on the same day. I completed the cake 3 AM in the morning. But the joy in the face of A~ as soon as he saw the cake in the morning - priceless:)

29 comments:

  1. this looks wonderful happy birthday to your son

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  2. wow..thats a very lovely cake with spiderman..soft n moist..
    Belated birthday wishes to your son!!

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  3. Spiderman is awesome on the cake. Many many wishes to u r son :)

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  4. Wonderfully made. Birthday wishes for your kiddo.he looks so cute.

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  5. Wow! that's an amazing cake.Spiderman looks so good. If my son sees this he will know what cake I should bake on hid Bday next month. Phew that's a lot of icing to do. Too good.
    Birthday wishes to ur son!

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  6. Hats off to you !!! I mean you have done a splendid job!! Belated wishes to your elder son. You know my son also turned 4 wanted Ben10 character cake and I had ordered a huge cake for him. He also wore matching Ben10 T-shirt on his b'day.
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  7. My birthday wishes to ur lil spiderman, cake looks beautiful,absolutely stunning and marvellous, can guess how happy was ur lil one from his eyes..

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  9. Happy Birthday!
    The cake is a HUGE project. Well done!

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  10. Beautiful Cake!! Spiderman art is really awesome!! looks delicious...YUM! Happy Birthday to your son!!

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  11. My hearty wishes to your son. That's a lovely cake.

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  12. Neat! Looks like it took a lot of effort -- keep up the posts!

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  13. Happy Birthday Kaju Kutty. God Bless you. Lucky you.... mama has made such a yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm cake, Aarthi it looks soo tempting with a fine detailing hey any substitute for eggs :D

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  14. belated wishes to your son..What a lovely cake !!! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment...You have a lovely blog.

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  15. @shilpa - generally 1 egg can be substituted with 1tbsp flaxseed powder mixed with 1/4 cup water. I have used this in other cakes but not in this one. So, not sure if it would work.let me know if you try it out.

    -Aarthi

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  16. Beautiful Cake!! Spider man art is really awesome!! looks delicious...YUM! Happy Birthday to your son!!

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  17. Wow the cake looks super duper.Belated b'day wishes to the little spiderman.

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  20. What a great cake for his birthday! I hope he had a wonderful day.

    And we've done all the themes too, it's neat to see how the themes change as the kids grow & get into different interests.

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  21. Spider man cake looks awesome..belated birthday wishes to your little prince...

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  22. A very happy birthday to Abhi..
    Cake looks super awesome and yum! good job dear..

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  23. Lots of love n wishes to the handsome young man, he has the cutest smile ~ God bless!
    The cake is PERFECTION! Very neat n professional, great work!
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  24. cake looks yumm....well made dear..loved it!!

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  26. The cake looks superb, really yum.

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  27. wow, first of all, happy birthday to your 4 year old, I am sure he was a happy camper. That cake looks awesome and so great, amazing work on details.

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