Santas crunchy forest cake

December 19, 2011

This months Sweet Adventures Blog Hop (#SABH) is “Festive Favourites” of course. What else? 😉 and hosted by the lovely JJ from 84th&3rd. Head on over to her SABH post for details on how you can join the hop with a bunch of other awesome food bloggers 🙂 get involved! Its too much fun!!

Christmas is definitely my favourite holiday. It’s such a great time of year! Everyone is really festive and mostly drunk from all the Christmas parties lol – it’s jut a happy time. If I had my way, it would be Christmas all year round in our household. Stud has to reign me in a bit – much to my dismay 😉

Normally each Christmas, I make a trifle, Christmas ice cream (vanilla ice-cream combined with mixed fruit and nut, and chocolate) and then maybe a fruit salad. This year, I wanted to make something different o with my ever growing obsession for layer cakes. It may be the looming wedding, it may be Pinterest, whoever to blame, I wanted to do a layer cake 😀

So everyone gets those chocolate from people at work that have the praline inside? If not, you can grab them from your $2 or Reject Shop really. Any basic chocolates with a crunchy filling will do. Mix these babies with your buttercream filling and you have jazzed up a regular layer cake 🙂 nice! So how to jazz up the outer? Treeeeeeeeeeees 🙂 I tried a new buttercream recipe for this one and it now my new favourite thing. Check out my piping kills yo 😉 Ok so they’re not intricate little detail and are pretty easy but I was well proud.

Chocolate cake

Recipe adapted from

2 2/3 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 cups caster sugar
2 cups buttermilk
4 eggs
250g butter, melted, cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla essence


Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease 2 x 18cm round silicon cake moulds.

Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Combine buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla in a jug. Make a well in centre of flour mixture. Pour in buttermilk mixture. Using an electric mixer, beat on low speed until combined. Increase speed to high. Beat for 3 to 4 minutes or until thick and creamy.

Pour mixture into prepared moulds. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Cake will rise in the centre so once cool, level out top of cake and reserve top (you can use these for cake pops of you like). Cut each cake in half using either a knife or a cake leveler. I used a cake leveler – def worth buying on of these, they make like so much easier!


Adapted from Call me cupcake!

4 large eggwhites
200g icing sugar
250g butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract


Put eggwhites and sugar in a clean and heatproof bowl. Place the bowl in a double boiler where the water is just simmering.

Whisk sugar and eggwhite until the mixture reaches 65°. You can rub the mixture together with your fingers if you don’t have a thermometer. There should be no grains left from the sugar.

Transfer to electric mixer and beat until white, fluffy and cool to touch.

Add the butter in small squares lowly, waiting until combined before adding the next. Keep whipping until all combined.

Add food colouring or cocoa as needed.

I actually did two batches of this for the cake a I used the first batch for the filling and the crumb coating.


Combine half or 3/4 of mixture with cut up chocolates.

Lay first layer down on plate or cake stand and using a third of the chocolate/buttercream mixture, spread out until reaches all edges.

Repeat with remaining layers.

I found this site really helpful for coating the cake.

Now, you can really just pipe however you like. If trees aren’t your thing, maybe Santa’s face? Or some crushed up candy canes? Its like art class for the Christmas fiend lol 😀


p.s. dont forget to joing the hop 😀

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30 Responses to Santas crunchy forest cake

  1. sugarpuffi on December 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    i love layered cakes too! it looks so pretty when you cut them up 😀 the little santa in the middle is very cute

  2. on December 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    oh the cake is perfect for this coming holiday!

  3. Amystown on December 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Hehe I would like to see someone pipe Santa’s face! Looks delicious 🙂

  4. Claire @ Claire K Creations on December 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I love the trees, well done! I’ve never thought of mixing little surprises into the icing layer.

    Christmas is my favourite too (after my Birthday).

  5. Lizzy (Good Things) on December 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Delicious! I love the little trees too!

  6. Julie on December 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    very cute idea ;). Love the details you put in the cake

  7. InTolerant Chef on December 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    So lovely, and very cute! I’ll certainly give that buttercream a try too, thanks.

  8. muppy on December 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    so so so pretty 🙂

  9. Christina @ The Hungry Australian on December 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Nic – your cake looks fantastic!!!

    And I love the way you’ve styled it with the little snowman figurines – it’s just too cute.

  10. Vivian - vxdollface on December 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    teehee so cute! love that you dotted the sides with snowballs ^^

  11. thelittleloaf on December 19, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    That looks like a seriously awesome layer cake! I’ve just discovered the blog hop and am taking part for the first time – loving all these gorgeous new blogs and recipes I’m discovering 🙂

  12. Joanne on December 20, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Aww SUCH a cute cake! Your decorating job is fabulous!

  13. the kitchen crusader on December 20, 2011 at 12:28 am

    coronary. In my chair.

  14. Jennifer Wickes on December 20, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Absolutely yummy!!!!

  15. Joanna @ Chic&Gorgeous Treats on December 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

    What a perfect Santa Chocolate Cake.. delish!! I really enjoy Call Me Cupcake’s blog.. her creations are just so French Chic.. Happy Holiday Nic!! Here’s to another year of food blogging.. Hugss, Jo

  16. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on December 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    That is so cute! You did a great job with decorating and icing it! I’m sure Santa would gobble this down! 😉

  17. Winston on December 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Ahh…! Too cute! I’ve always loved layered cakes but I can never slice them nicely! My layers are ALWAYS so rough and uneven. Need to learn to be more delicate with desserts in the kitchen lol. So glad to see a classic chocolate cake in this round of blog hop. YUMMO! =D

  18. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks on December 21, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Great looking cake! I love the green trees!

  19. Anna@ The Littlest Anchovy on December 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    What an awesome layer cake! Love your mad decorating skillz 🙂

  20. Jennifer (Delicieux) on December 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Who doesn’t love chocolate at Christmas time! This is definitely my type of Christmas cake. I love those layers Nic and those trees look fantastic! I love your little penguin figurines hugging in the background 😉

  21. msihua on December 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Woah! Just look at those layers! So well and beautifully decorated!

  22. Daisy @ Nevertoosweet on December 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I love the layers and the icing 🙂 YUM!!! Would love to eat some of this!!!

  23. angela@spinachtiger on December 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Great entry for sweets here. The buttermilk must make this cake fantastic.

  24. Tobias @ T and Tea Cake on December 23, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Check you out with your piping skills and gorgeous Christmas cake! Colour-combination is great and it just looks so moist and nom-worthy!

    Nice you’re such a Chrismtas enthusiast! I’m going to visit a Christmas market tommorow in another town and I know that there’s a notorious shop that sells heavenly Christmas decorations all year long (at devilish prices lol).


  25. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan on December 23, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Dear Nic,

    A beautiful looking cake albeit an unlikely colour combination. Well done!

  26. Hotly Spiced on December 23, 2011 at 5:51 am

    What a cute cake! I love how you’ve decorated it in snow flakes and Christmas trees. I bet you had a lot of fun making it. And the cake looks lovely and moist too. Have a very Merry Christmas Nic and Stud xx

  27. Iron Chef Shellie on December 23, 2011 at 9:03 am

    You cake looks soooooooooooooooo cute!!!! <3

  28. Tina@foodboozeshoes on December 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Great job on the decorating! Merry Christmas!

  29. Karen on December 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Beautiful Cake, your piping skills are great!

  30. Nami | Just One Cookbook on December 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Whoaaaaaaaa! What a beautiful cake!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I look forward to see your posts in 2012! Happy New Year!

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