Last week we celebrated my little brother Arda’s birthday and I wanted to make him a special yet quick cake. He absolutely loves the chocolate/banana combination as well as oreos. Also, since the strawberry season is upon us, I decided to make a naked cake with a special little surprise.
When measuring the ingredients you’ll quickly realize that this recipe calls for A LOT of cocoa powder. At least more than most recipes usually do. That’s where another unusual guest, the boiling water, comes into play. It helps the cocoa powder better dissolve into the batter so that you end up with a richer flavor and better texture instead of a lumpy sad cake.
The decoration of the cake is also very simple, no need to crumb coat or do 3 layers- the contrast between the popping red of the strawberries and the dark brown chocolate, the rich creamy chocolate icing, everything about the cake looks very simple and elegant at the same time.
At the end of the day he was very surprised and liked the cake a lot. He even asked us which bakery we got it from! Go ahead and try this recipe out yourself, if you have even less time, skip the chocolate letter decorations and replace them with letter shaped candles. Enjoy!
- For the cake:
- 140 g flour
- 200 g confectioners sugar
- an egg
- 120 g milk
- 60 g olive oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 120 g boiling hot water (yes, I know sounds weird but trust me it works)
- 55 g cocoa powder
- 5 g baking powder
- 5 g baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 2 crushed oreos
- For the icing:
- 150 g of chocolate (you can go all milk, all dark or a mix of both depending on your taste)
- 200 g cream
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- For filling:
- A banana
- 4-5 strawberries
- 10 oreos
- Some milk (to dip the oreos in)
- For decoration:
- Toothpicks, paper and pencils
- Parchment paper
- 80 gr chocolate
- 4-5 strawberries of good color and similar sizes
- Heat your oven to 320°F/160ºC and line both the bottom and sides of your pan with parchment paper. Buttering the sides slightly first helps the parchment paper stick more easily.
- Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ones (except water) in another. Mix them together and stop as soon as everything’s mixed well together. You should have a pretty thick batter by now.
- Add the boiling water and whisk well. Pour the mixture in the pan and sprinkle the crushed oreos over.
- Pop it in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Layer the cake into two when it’s cooled down.
- While waiting for the cake to bake and cool, it’s time to prepare the chocolate decorations. Take a paper and roughly draw how your letters and numbers should look like. I opted for a handwritten look and a big 16 behind his name.
- Then place your template under the parchment paper and melt the chocolate. Make sure you temper it before using (click here for a simple tutorial). With the help of a spatula and toothpicks make your letters. Stick a toothpick halfway before they cool down, just as if it was a popsicle. Put them in the freezer and repeat the steps 2-3 times.
- Now that you have your decorations ready and two layers of cake, prepare the filling. Slice the fruits and melt the chocolate for icing. Whisk the lemon juice and cream together, then add the melted chocolate.
- Place the bottom layer on your cake stand and spread 2/3 of the icing. Don’t work it too much, we’re going for a messy look. Dunk the oreos in milk and place them aside so that they soak the liquid. Arrange the oreos as an outer ring, then stack the bananas in the middle and the strawberries slightly peeking outside.
- For the top layer you can use some icing as glue or just skip it altogether as the oreos and cake is already pretty moist. Dump all the remaining icing on top and slightly spread it, without covering the entire top of the cake. Place the strawberries with the tips pointed toward the center and you’re done!
- Put it back in the fridge until it’s the time to serve. Take the decorations out of the freezer and place them on the cake. I used red candles to match with the strawberries🍓 . Bon appetit!