theme: after 8 cake

bee princess
Posted on 12/16/2007 by longpig

I've been waiting ages for a good 'excuse' to try out this cake, as the recipe is more complicated than I'm used to, and this month's theme coupled with a holiday party tonight finally did it. This was also my first real attempt at piping decorations on a cake; I think it looks decent -- not too bad for a first try, anyway! :)

After Eight Cake

1 c. unsifted unsweetened cocoa
2 c. boiling water
2 3/4 c. sifted flour (sift before measuring)
2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt (optional)
1/2 t. baking powder
1 c. butter (softened)
2 1/2 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F/160C. In a medium bowl, combine cocoa with boiling water, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Cool completely. Sift flour with baking soda, salt and baking powder. Beat butter,sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until light (about 5 minutes). At low speed, beat in flour mixture in fourths, alternately with cocoa mixture in thirds, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Do not over beat. Grease and flour four9"x1 1/2" cake pans. Pour evenly into pans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed with finger tip or until a cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

6 T. butter (softened)
3 1/4 c. unsifted confectioners sugar
6 T. creme de menthe

In a small bowl, beat butter, sugar and creme de menthe with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. On cake stand, put cake layers together, dividing the creme de menthe, filling equally between layers

6 oz. semisweet chocolate pieces
1/2 c. light cream
1 c. butter
2 1/2 c. unsifted confectioners sugar
1 box After Eight Mints

In a medium sauce pan, combine chocolate pieces, cream and butter. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from heat. With a wire whisk,blend in confectioners sugar. Turn into bowl placed over ice. Beat until frosting holds shape. With a metal spatula, frost sides of cake.Use rest of frosting to cover top, swirling decoratively. Cut mints in half diagonally and use to decorate the top edges.

Refrigerate cake until serving time.

The party's tonight, so I probably won't get any shots of it sliced, unfortunately...
pojz 16th-Dec-2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
This is killer. Do you have any more pics of the whole cake?
longpig 16th-Dec-2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
I put one more in the post, but there's also this one...

I'm leaving it in here because I don't like the composition as much, but it does show the whole thing. :)
bitterstar_x 16th-Dec-2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
this looks so good! definately saving it to my memories to try it one day
longpig 16th-Dec-2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
I hope you like it! :)
ajoyfuldawn 16th-Dec-2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
*drools* I love chocolate cake! This looks AMAZING!!!!
longpig 16th-Dec-2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
rudetuesday 16th-Dec-2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
This is a very sexy cake. The piping looks great, and I love the wedges of After Eight along the top.
longpig 16th-Dec-2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
I was quite pleased with how it turned out!
felize 16th-Dec-2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
This looks incredible. And professional. And amazing. I love it! Thank you for the recipe!
longpig 16th-Dec-2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
pakaboori 16th-Dec-2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
longpig 16th-Dec-2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
sbilokonsky 16th-Dec-2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
OH DEAR GOD......enough said
longpig 16th-Dec-2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
It was pretty intense!
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longpig 16th-Dec-2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
I just had a little piece; it's super rich and extremely delicious! Well worth the effort. :)
ilanabelladonna 17th-Dec-2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Wow. I want this
longpig 17th-Dec-2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
It was pretty insanely delicious!
thevic 17th-Dec-2007 09:23 am (UTC)
This looks gorgeous!

I already have a go-to family recipe for a chocolate-oatmeal cake with mint icing that I think I even posted here over a year ago - but the after eights on top look genius. Beautiful decorating job! Will definitely have to try it soon.

longpig 17th-Dec-2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Chocolate oatmeal cake? Sounds interesting; I'll have to search for it!
morningpeasant 17th-Dec-2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
longpig 17th-Dec-2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
solielarana 17th-Dec-2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
That is beautiful!
longpig 17th-Dec-2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope to get more practice decorating soon... :)
longpig 18th-Dec-2007 07:51 am (UTC)
Well, you *could* leave out the filling, but then it wouldn't be much of an After 8 Cake. To be honest, it's not like the filling is the tricky part of this recipe. It takes about 2 minutes to make -- the cake itself is much more of a pain in the ass!
rogue_gypsy 20th-Dec-2007 08:37 am (UTC)
Had it been me.... that cake would not have made it to the party.
mindlessdork 22nd-Dec-2007 05:12 am (UTC)
My God...
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