I’m pretty sure I’ve just discovered my very favourite icing – ever!
Himself had a birthday a few days ago and as he’s a man of simple pleasures, all he asked for was coddle (an Irish stew) and a cake, made by yours truly
It’s the same request every year and the cake has usually got chocolate involved in some way shape or form. This year, I went with my vanilla sponge recipe and then experimented a little when it came to the icing.
Buttercream icing is our shared favourite and lately, we’ve been buying Nutella, I don’t actually know which of us bought it first, but it’s been bought a couple of times now and it’s tasty, so I wanted to incorporate it and in the icing, seemed like as good a place as any!
I know you’ll love this one, cause um…it’s amazing!
125g Unsalted Butter
150g Icing Sugar
4 tbsp Double Cream
4 heaped tbsp Nutella
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Mix. To get it nice and “whippy” it’s best to use a standing mixer, otherwise you’ll need arms like Arnie to get the proper result! Mix on a high level for approximately 4mins.
The colour will lighten ever so slightly and when you try a bit (cause who doesn’t), it should have a similar texture to mousse. At this point, if it’s not sweet enough or thick enough for you, dollop in another bit of icing sugar and go again.
When you’re happy with it, sweep a thick, generous layer of icing inbetween your two cake layers (if we were having a get together with guests, I definitely would’ve done three layers) and then cover the outside too
I kept the cake plain, but jazzed up the icing a bit by patting the spatula on the cake lightly, thus lifting little ridges all over as a design.
Upon serving, I dotted a few chocolate nibs on top for good measure!
I mean, does this look omnomnom or what?!!
As the sponge is so light, a heavier icing makes for a perfectly delectable combination!
Himself was one happy fella!