I have been a long time admirer of my friend Sara of Matchbox Kitchen's beautiful cakes! They are simple, stunning, and delicious. So when Sara agreed to teach me how she assembles, frosts and decorates her cakes, I was over the moon. We decided to make a winter cake with layers of chocolate cake, Swiss meringue buttercream, white chocolate shavings and a tiny forest of snowy trees. I'm still in awe of how gorgeous and whimsical it turned out; not that I'm surprised, Sara is a cake genius.
I loved how having Sara in my home quickly transforming my dining room into a cake shop! Layers of moist chocolate cake, a big bowl of buttercream, shaved white chocolate and fresh herbs make any room smell like candy land. Here's how Sara transformed her chocolate cake into a winter wonderland...
To get started you will need:
2- 6" round chocolate cakes (see recipe below)
1- batch Swiss meringue buttercream frosting (see recipe below)
white chocolate bar
sprigs of rosemary and winter savory
1. Trim and discard the domes off the top of each cake with a bread knife. Then, slice each cake half, giving you 4 layers total. Place 1 layer on a cardboard cake board or a cake stand or platter if you do not have one. Add approximately ½ - ⅔ cup buttercream and smooth with an offset spatula. Continue with the next 3 cake layers, making sure each layer is as level and even as possible.