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chocolate candybox cakes.

candy box cake

i made this fudgy chocolate layer cake for esa's birthday, and although i know my way around a cupcake, i'm not so good at decorating big cakes--what do i do with all that flat space? i found a solution in those little mini bars of chocolate and boxes of candy i received at christmas that i never eat, even if they are a good brand. just dump a bunch on top (or, yes, artfully arrange), you hide a multitude of frosting misshaps, and someone's bound to be pleased. the cake itself was at once light and spongey, yet moist and fudgy from all the cocoa, buttermilk and coffee. the frosting was smooth and weirdly pudding-like, all chocolate goo and only mildly sweet. for those of you in the philippines that have tried polly's chocolate cake (quite possibly the best cake i've ever eaten that was bought from a gas station), this cake has the same texture and a similar taste, and the frosting is dead-on the same (although it could be the chocolate i used, bought in manila, and frightening cheap--55 pesos, about US$1, a kilo--yet surprisingly good).

i had a little extra batter left over, so i made another cake, just in time for valentine's day. sweet and simple.

candy box heart cake

12 comments:

Prrrreeeeeeeeeety..!!

Great idea!

Santos - How innovative!

Too clever by half! Thanks for the inspiration...goes in search for heart shaped cake pan

Ooo, I like that!

...And I just went to the kitchen to get a piece of chocolate. NOOOO.

Beautiful - I wouldn't want to be the one to cut it though!

too pretty to eat! And Polly's is amazing chocolate cake. Maybe you can sell your cake in gas stations in Guam, The Green Banana chocolate cake.

hi mama bok! taaaaaaaaasty tooo

hi ana! very easy way to get rid of halloween or easter candy, too.

hi kirk--not so much innovative as thrifty. i had a lot of candy lying about!

hi gail! actually, i just had another idea...hm. stay tuned!

i'm not much of a chocolate lover, ms.robyn, but this cake makes me want to eat chocos too.

hi cathy! actually, it was a lot easier to cut than i thought. the candies ringing the edge provide a natural guideline, and if you decorate the cake in a relatively orderly fashion, you can get an almost equal amount of chocolate candies on each slice. the thing that surprised me more was having to tell people to unwrap the foil candies first. all that sugar makes people a little crazy, i guess.

hi mila! wow, what a great idea. but i think it might be dangerous having all that chocolate cake so handy to road ragey drivers....although it might calm some of them down. you never know.

Wow! These are both incredibly beautiful cakes, Santos. Brilliant idea.

hi santos - that sweet-heart cake shoud deserve a kawaii alert!

your photos..your blog...absolutely gorgeous

oh wow! that is the most chocolaty cake i have ever seen!!! what a fun idea, and i bet it tastes even better.