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Decorate a colourful 3 Tier Chocolate Cake
If you have a few hours available (this doesn’t need to be all in one go) and some patience when it comes to decorating, then this cake might be the one for you. It tastes delicious and looks fantastic as a centre piece for parties. Admittedly, I did not have a party to take said cake to but had been wanting to try the design out for a while so thought, why not!

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  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 1
    Step 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees (fan) and grease 3 cake tins with butter.

    To make the cake, first cream the butter and sugar.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 2
    Step 2

    Whisk the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Fold into the butter, sugar and egg mixture.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 4
    Step 4

    When the mixture is fully combined, split into the 3 cake tins. I only had 2 tins so did this in 2 stages.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 5
    Step 5

    Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the cake is cooked through (check with a cake tester). Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 6
    Step 6

    Whilst the cake is cooling, make the first batch of buttercream.

    Whisk 300g butter for at least 5 minutes. Add the vanilla essence and whisk for a further minute.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sift the icing sugar slowly into the whisked butter. Do this in at least 4 stages and whisk after each addition. Add the milk slowly and whisk after each tablespoon. Mine needed the full 6 to create a strong but spreadable buttercream.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 8
    Step 8

    Spread a little buttercream onto a cake stand, plate or turn table and stick your first cake layer to this. Make sure the cake is fully cooled before you do this.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 9
    Step 9

    Pipe the buttercream onto the cake using a piping bag and large round nozzle. Stick the second layer on and repeat for the third layer.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 10
    Step 10

    Pipe buttercream onto the top layer and the sides. Smooth out the buttercream using a palette or spatula. Don’t worry if the sides are showing, this will be covered by the coloured buttercream. Leave the cake to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 11
    Step 11

    Whilst the cake is cooling, make the second batch of buttercream. You can also have a break at this point (I did for a while).

    Repeat steps 6 and 7 but only add 3 tbsp milk.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 12
    Step 12

    Split the buttercream into 3 bowls and mix with the 3 food colouring gels. Make them bright or pastel (I added a little more to the purple after this picture as I wanted an even brighter colour).

    Tip: Mix a small amount of buttercream and food colouring gel first to achieve a really concentrated colour before adding to the whole bowl of buttercream. This helps the colour to mix better.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 13
    Step 13

    Using 3 piping bags and 3 different shaped nozzles, pipe a random pattern all over the sides and top of the cake.

    Add silver sprinkles to the centre of any flower you may have created and scatter colourful sprinkles around the edges and the bottom of the cake. You could also add a few to the middle.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. 3 Tier Chocolate Cake - Step 14
    Step 14

    Finished

    Your cake is ready to eat straight away!

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Wild A.
Wild A.
This is one of the most beautiful cakes I’ve seen, I can’t wait to try it!
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