Learn How to Make a Tiger-Striped Mocha Chocolate Cake @ Reward Me

How to make a tiger-striped mocha chocolate cake

Novelty cakes don’t get much more exotic – or tasty – than this mocha chocolate tiger cake. And despite all its attentiongrabbing gorgeousness, it’s relatively easy to make.

INGRÉDIENTS (pour 10 gourmands)
1. For the cake:
2 tsp instant coffee granules
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp hot water
175g softened butter
175g cane sugar
2 eggs
200g self-raising flour
4 tbsp milk
A springform cake tin

2. For the filling:
165g cane sugar
150ml double cream
A copper saucepan (or any other saucepan with a good Heat-conducting base)
A wooden spoon
A cake rack
A sharp knife or pair of scissors
150g chocolate curls
15g cocoa powder
Thick paper or card to make the tiger stripe pattern (min. 20cm x 20 cm)
Some candles

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C. Butter a 20cm round cake tin and line with baking paper.
Place the coffee and cocoa into a cup before adding the hot water and mixing until
smooth. Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, milk and cocoa/coffee paste in a large
mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or electric whisk for two to three minutes,
until smooth.

2. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or
until the top springs back when you press it lightly. Leave to cool in the tin for five
minutes, then turn out, peel off the lining paper and leave to cool on a cake rack.


3. While the cake is cooling, make the filling. Start by heating the cane sugar in a saucepan. Stir with a wooden spoon, letting it caramelise slowly until dark, but not burnt. Then carefully add the cream, little by little, into the caramel.

4. Bring to a boil and keep stirring, to prevent it from sticking to the pan, until you have a fudge. Let it cool down slowly as this will make it thicker but still spreadable. Place the cake on a serving plate and spread the fudge frosting over the top, letting it slide down the sides. Leave to set.


5. Now it’s time to make the tiger pattern. Cut out a circle the same size as your cake (use the Springform as stencil) from your paper or card. Then use a sharp knife or scissors to cut out tiger stripes from the paper. Use our version for inspiration or check the internet for other examples.


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7. Put the pattern on top of your cake and scatter cocoa powder all over it to create the tiger stripes. Finish the cake by sticking chocolate curls around the sides of the cake and putting candles on top.


9. This birthday cake will drive any child wild. Serve with ice cream, fresh cream or plain. It’s delicious either way.


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