RECIPE: Batman Birthday Cake

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I set myself a hard task in making a birthday cake for my partners 30th birthday. He is probably going to kill me for telling the world this, but, he’s a bit of a batman fan so I knew exactly where to start when coming up ideas for his birthday cake.

I had no idea where to start so the first I did was google ‘batman cakes’. Bearing in mind it was my partners 30th birthday, I wanted to make sure that the cake was more for an adult than for a child. I came across two cakes that I really liked and decided to combine the ideas to create my perfect cake.

Once I had decided what I wanted the outside of the cake to look like, I had to decide what I wanted the inside look like. Mr. T is a Nutella fan so I decided to do a chocolate sponge with a nutella frosting. I left myself no easy task by opting for three sponges sandwiched and coated by the frosting…the easy part!


 

Sponge Recipe: (www.taste.com.au)

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease 3 20cm round cake pans. Line bases and sides with baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in flour, cocoa and milk until combined.
  3. I divided this recipe between three cake tins to bake until skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Turn them onto a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 500g softened cream cheese
  • 250g nutella
  • 750g icing sugar
  • 2tbspns cocoa powder
  1. With a beater, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add the icing sugar 1 cup at a time and beat until combined.
  3. At this time, I took a little of the frosting out and left it aside to decorate the outside of the cake at the end.
  4.  Add the cocoa powder and beat until combined.
  5. Using a spatula, gently fold in the Nutella. Do not over stir the frosting, you do not want over worked frosting!

As I was waiting for the cakes to cook, it was time to roll out my yellow icing to coat the cake. I used ready made icing from Coles which made the process simple.

I then rolled out the black icing. I had a Batman symbol printed as a template as I wanted to make sure it was symmetrical. The hardest part was probably the buildings as I didn’t have a template for this but I was really happy with how it turned out.

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Assembly:

When I took the cakes out of the oven, two cakes were a little uneven so I had to cut these parts off (when cool) as I didn’t want a lopsided cake.

I smoothed a layer of Nutella on top of the first cake and repeated with each layer. I then used the last of the frosting to coat the outside of the cake.

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I put the yellow icing over the cake carefully and trimmed the edges.

I used a small brush to apply water to one side of the black icing pieces to help it to stick to the yellow icing.

Once I completed this, I used the frosting from the earlier stage to tidy up the bottom of the cake. I mixed a few drops of black food colouring into the frosting and used a piping bag to pipe it along the bottom of the cake.

It was finished! It took about fours hours to make and assemble the cake and I was  more than happy with the result!

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Have fun making your cake!

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