Triple Layered Chocolate and Coconut Cake

Triple Layered Chocolate and Coconut Cake recipe One Perfect Mess 8

A coco-loco choco-nutty triple layered cake to go crazy for, actually literally seriously. Thjs one takes a little more effort as it involves baking two types of cake (eek!!), but I absolutely promise you that it’s worth it. I’ve even laid out how you can best order each step of the recipe, so that preparation and baking are seamlessly coordinated. As your knife glides through this elegant monster, guests will ooh and aah as you reveal what’s inside… An incredibly soft, moist layer of coconut cake nestled between lashings of velvety chocolate cream cheese frosting, kept safe in the rich embrace of 2 fudgy chocolate cakes. Cover the whole thing in more chocolate cream cheese frosting and crispy coconut flakes, and you’re in foodie heaven. It’s the love child of a classic chocolate cake and a Bounty bar, and it’s all yours if you’re up for a couple of hours of baking bliss!

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Honeycomb and Chocolate Four Layer Celebration Cake

Honeycomb and Chocolate Four Layer Celebration Cake Recipe One Perfect Mess 11

Aaaand I’ve reached 4000 views on my little blog! I can’t quite articulate how happy/jubilant/gleeful/giddy that makes me feel, so instead I baked this celebration cake to send you all my love in the form of a four layered chocolate cake with velvety honeycomb buttercream, drizzled generously with dark chocolate ganache and a pile of smashed homemade honeycomb. Does this give you a better idea of how grateful I am? I actually went a bit over the top on the swiss meringue buttercream, those responsible for demolishing it did so with a bit of a groan…i.e. probably only pile on half as much buttercream as I did. But oh well, as far as life difficulties go, too much honeycomb buttercream isn’t really that horrendous.

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White Chocolate Layer Cake with Blackberry Buttercream

White Chocolate Layer Cake with Blackberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream Recipe One Perfect Mess 1

It’s starting to feel like Autumn. Right now, the streets are adorned with vivid crimsons and fiery golds, the air is crisp and laced with the scents of log fires and fresh rain, and the kitchen smells like warm hot cross buns. I’m getting ready to hibernate for a winter of baking, drinking tea, reading, lambing, going for long walks… I’m definitely a cold weather frog. And after months of no rain, dry paddocks and hungry sheep, winter couldn’t come sooner! This scrumptious cake holds the last of the season’s blackberries, and fed a gang of friends and family as we huddled by the fire last night. Three layers of fluffy white chocolate cake are held together by velvety swiss meringue buttercream, flavoured with fresh blackberries and white chocolate. The berries are a wonderful offset to the sweetness of the chocolate, and I had a lot of fun (in hindsight) experimenting with the ombre frosting effect…not as easy as it looks but definitely worth the challenge!

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Double Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Blackberries

Double Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Blackberries Recipe One Perfect Mess 6

This is a monster for chocolate lovers; layers of rich, moist, chocolate buttermilk cake held together in a delicious embrace by a thick, velvety, dark chocolate cream cheese frosting, topped off with fresh juicy blackberries! The cream cheese frosting is decadent, but its slight tang provides the perfect offset to the rich, chocolatey sweetness of the cake itself. And I just love blackberries…I summoned my inner jungle girl and went crawling through a dense forest near my house to pick a whole container-full of these bad boys. I came back with some pretty severe war wounds down my legs and arms, but it was so worth it.

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Roasted Almond and Dark Chocolate Layer Cake

Roasted Almond and Dark Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe One Perfect Mess 3

This is a celebration cake to get happy about; happy as you whip up the one-bowl cake batter for the layers of soft almond vanilla cake, happy as you see that your chocolate ganache has cooled to a fudgy frosting, happy as you meticulously scrape and lick the bowls clean with your spatula, happy as you press the roasted almonds into the thick chocolate coating, happy as you slice through the four layers and discover that the whole thing actually holds together perfectly…and then JUBILANT as you take a bite and realise it’s just as yummy as it was easy to make! I whipped this one up for my spectacular cousin’s 8th birthday, and it was enjoyed by kiddies and grandparents alike with lots of cups of tea and candles. I promise you the whole recipe really is foolproof, but the final cake looks like you slaved and sweated for hours. So I’m basically handing you the opportunity to appear much more impressive than you really are…does that and a slice of roasted almond and dark chocolate layer cake tempt you enough? If so enjoy the pictures and keep scrolling down for the recipe! Have a great weekend y’all 🙂

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Lamington Layer Cake

Lamington Layer Cake Recipe One Perfect Mess 5

Life has suddenly gotten very busy, so it is with a slight delay that I present to you my Australia Day creation… a Lamington Layer Cake! The mother of all lamingtons, this cake is a sky high collaboration of an easy, light sponge, thickly whipped vanilla cream, some luscious slatherings of strawberry jam, dark chocolate buttercream and shredded coconut. If you’re not familiar with the classic Australian lamington, you are ordered to invest some time in this creation so that you know what you’ve been missing! Note that my sponge cakes look ridiculously yellow thanks to the eggs of my free range chooks, do not be alarmed by any bright yellow food you come across on this blog…

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Vanilla Spice Celebration Cake with Strawberries, Chocolate Ganache and Rosewater Frosting

Vanilla Spice Celebration Cake with Strawberries, Chocolate Ganache and Rosewater Frosting Recipe One Perfect Mess 6

So guess what? I’ve passed 1000 views on this little blog! This is a pretty big milestone for me, and I’m so excited to know that there are people out there who are enjoying what I bake and ramble about, and wondering what I’m going to throw out there next. I usually dapple in pretty simple ‘home-cook’ style recipes, but to celebrate I thought I’d go all out with something special. This beauty is composed of four layers of vanilla spice cake that are interspersed with layers of fresh strawberry mousse, then the whole thing is encased in rosewater Swiss Meringue Buttercream, drizzled with dark chocolate ganache, and covered in glazed strawberries and chopped pistachio nuts. Are you tempted yet?

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London Calling; Black Forest Gâteau

Black Forest Gâteau Based on recipe at http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2303676/black-forest-gteau

I recently spent four weeks in London with some lovely relatives from my mother’s side, who graciously and warmly accepted me into their home at the end of my first solo holiday overseas. After two months of being fed a rotation of comforting albeit incredibly salty and indulgent camp food in Canada, I was grateful for the abundance of fresh produce and deliciously healthy meals that my family whipped up each day. Continue reading