Enriched with the utmost delight and loved by all, chocolates are veraciously the most desired of all. Elaine Gonzales rightly said, “Chocolate! It is a word that evokes indescribable ecstasies. Is there a man, a woman or a child who has not desired chocolate, who has not devoured it, and who the next moment has not dreamed of devouring it again?"
Another thing that is as desired as chocolate is a cake! And when both items are merged, they make the best combination ever.
Cakes are integral to every occasion and are perfectly adequate for commencing or concluding any celebration with a candied note. And the most desirable cake by everyone is a chocolate cake, so why not bake a chocolate layer cake with a twist? It does not require only a professional to bake a layer cake, provided that steps and instructions are given appropriately. Let’s add a refreshing flavour of mint to the chocolate cake, sure to make your taste buds dance in ecstasy. Of course, you can always choose to buy online cakes in Pune or wherever you reside for your occasions if the cake turns out to be something unexpected. (Which we are pretty sure is never going to happen, as we will provide a detailed recipe for a luscious mint chocolate layer cake. Read on!)
How to Make a Mint Chocolate Layer Cake?
Ingredients For Mint Chocolate Layer Cake
Prepare the Cake
Approx 250-270 gms of plain flour. Use can also use all-purpose flour.
Eighty to ninety gm of cocoa powder
One teaspoon of baking powder
One and a half teaspoons of baking soda
Approx 250 ml of buttermilk
Three-fourth cup of vegetable oil
Half a cup of brown sugar or any sugar of your choice.
One and a half cups of caster sugar
Two teaspoons of vanilla extract
Two or three eggs at room temperature
Prepare the Mint Buttercream Frosting
150 to 170 gm of semi-sweet or dark chocolate pieces
170 to 180 ml of thick heavy cream
One teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. You can also use two teaspoons of vanilla essence.
One teaspoon of instant coffee powder (optional for a tint of coffee flavour)
Mint-flavoured chocolate cookies (optional for decoration)
Chocolate sprinkles or choco-chips for garnishing purposes
Instructions for Mint Chocolate Layer Cake
For Chocolate Layer Cake
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees Celsius). Now, grease two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans with butter. Line each pan with parchment paper, then more butter and dust some flour on the pans.
In one large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Sift together the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and baking soda; add sugar, and whisk everything together.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine the buttermilk, vanilla extract or essence, vegetable oil, and eggs. Whisk everything together.
Combine the wet mixture with the dry mix while slowly stirring together using an electric mixer for a better experience.
Pour the entire cake batter into the prepared baking pans and bake for approximately 30 to 35 minutes, or until a cake tester, skewer, or knife comes out clean. Cool the cake down for 30 minutes in the pans before turning it onto cooling racks to cool completely.
When the cakes have cooled completely, level each one and cut each layer in half to make four cake rounds. Keep them in the fridge until ready to assemble.
For Mint Buttercream
Take a large bowl and beat butter with icing sugar with an eclectic mixer. Do not add the sugar in one go; add gradually, one cup at a time. Pour a tablespoon or two of milk to help loosen the mix. Add in the peppermint extract and continue beating. The icing should not be too thick or heavy.
Incorporate the grated chocolate flecks, and keep the mixture aside.
For Chocolate Ganache
Place the chocolate in a heatproof glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Set aside until cooled to room temperature after stirring until just melted.
Add the cream to a small pan and heat it over medium flame until it simmers but does not boil. Pour the warm cream over the chocolate right away, cover the bowl, and set aside for 3-5 minutes. Add the coffee powder, vanilla extract, and two teaspoons of the hottest tap water to the mixture.
Ensemble the Mint Chocolate Layer Cake
Place one layer of the cake on a stand and spread one-third of the mint buttercream. Cover a second layer and another third of the mint buttercream. Repeat with the remaining mint buttercream and a third layer of cake. Finish with the last layer of cake.
Apply the chocolate buttercream to the top and sides of the assembled cake. Smooth the cake's surfaces as much as possible. Fill a piping bag with the remaining chocolate buttercream and pipe some dollops of the prepared frosting around the top of the cake. Garnish with mint cookies, chocolate chips, or chocolate sprinkles if desired.
There You Have It
Now you know how to bake a luscious mint chocolate layer cake, so what’s the wait for? Wear your master chef hat and get set and bake!