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DIY Winter Wonderland Cake

DIY Winter Wonderland Cake

Maria Provenzano is making the ultimate chocolate-lovers dessert.
Ingredients for Chocoalte Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter; room temperature
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder; preferably Dutch processed
  • 6oz semi-sweet chocolate melted and cooled (milk and dark chocolate could be used as well)
  • About 1/4 cup half and half (whole milk works too); room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ingredients for Birch Tree Chocoalte
  • White Candy Coating Chocolate
  • Dark Candy Coating Chocolate
  • Wax or Parchment Paper
  • Large Baking Sheet
  • Offset Spatula
  • Small Paint Brush (tip: use one specifically for baking and not other projects)

Directions for Frosting

1. Use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment (and hand mixer works as well) and beat the butter on medium speed to lighten it a bit

2. In another bowl, combine the powdered sugar with the cocoa power using a whisk

3. Add the powdered sugar/cocoa mixture into the butter, and carefully start to mix; once it starts to come together then you can raise the speed to medium

4. Slowly add the vanilla and some of the half and half so that it starts to come together and become smooth

5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then add the melted and cooled chocolate; mix together on medium speed to incorporate the chocolate well

6. Add more half and half of the frosting seems too thick; you are looking for a smooth, spreadable consistency

Note: It is important that all ingredients are room temperature, otherwise chocolate will seize up and not mix in

Directions for Cake

1. Lay the wax paper out onto a baking sheet

2. Melt the two chocolates in a double boiler or microwave

3. Use the paint brush to create lines like a birch tree, look for pictures online as a reference if needed

4. Allow the dark chocolate to harden (you can even place it in the fridge for a few minutes)

5. Then, cover the the design with a layer of white chocolate, it helps to use an offset spatula to spread it around

6. If it isn’t thick enough, place the baking sheet in the fridge to harden, then apply another layer of white chocolate over it again

7. You want the layer of chocolate to be thick enough to work with but thin enough to be able to break easily into the shapes you want

8. Allow to harden in the fridge

How To Build the Winter Wonderland Cake

1. Frost the cake

2. Break the chocolate into long strips and carefully peel away from the wax paper

3. Apply the birch bark chocolate pieces to the cake soon after frosting it so that the chocolate sticks well to the cake; the frosting is the glue

4. Add adornments if desired (mini pine trees and deer)

5. It also looks nice to create a circular design at the top of the cake with the offset spatula to look like a cut tree

6. Sprinkle additional powdered sugar over the cake to add a snowy appearance if desired

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