Happy birthday to our ray of sunshine. 4 years of cuddles, snuggles, laughter and giggles.
His birthday cake wish was a mint chocolate cake (he absolutely loves Matchmakers and Aftereights) so I got to work.
The cake recipe asked for a cup of buttermilk and 3/4 of strong coffee and boy does it make a huge difference to the batter – so rich and moist. 🤩
I layered the cake with a Swiss meringue vanilla buttercream, homemade raspberry jam and crushed Matchmakers.
The Swiss meringue buttercream is a bit fiddly, but it’s definitely worth it. Super creamy and luxurious.
• 1 1/2 cup plain flour
• 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
• 3/4 cup good quality cocoa powder
• 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp salt
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
• 3/4 cup buttermilk room temperature
• 3/4 cup hot coffee
• 2 large eggs
• 2 tsp vanilla