This is a National Day cake that I made for my little gal's preschool for their National Day Celebration. I was deciding between making a sponge cake with whipped cream filling/decoration or a rich chocolate brownies with fondant covering. The preschool has about hundred kids and almost every other day, there will be a mini birthday celebration. Most of the time, parents will get one big birthday cake (sponge cake decorated with pictures of Barbie dolls, Disney Princesses, Ben 10 or Transformers etc) for their kids' birthday celebration in school. Just last week, my girl had two birthday parties in her class. I guess the kids should have had enough sponge cake, so I made this sinfully rich chocolate brownies instead. After all, kids love chocolate, yeah?
To assemble this cake, I made two 10" square pan brownies. Trim the cake to the desired dimension. Place both cakes side by side on a 15" x 19" cake board and cover the cakes with white marshmallow fondant (MMF). To stick the MMF securely on the cake, you will need to spread a thin layer of butter cream, honey or cream cheese frosting on the cake first. For the top red portion, brush some water on the fondant and sprinkle over with red sanding sugar (cover the bottom half with cling wrap first). I love the sparkling effect that the sanding sugar adds to our National Flag. The final step is to add the crescent moon, stars and letterings.
|Rich and moist chocolate brownies, with chopped walnuts and marshmallows fillings.|
Recipe for chocolate brownies
(for one 10" square pan)
300g chocolate (I used dark couverture)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla essence (can use rum flavour instead)
160g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
100g chopped walnut (toasted)
2 handful of mini marshmallows
1) Melt chocolate and butter together in a double-boiler. Set aside
2) Whisk eggs, sugar and salt till creamy (no need to be fluffy and pale white) - about 3 to 4 minutes. Add in melted chocolate mixture, honey and vanilla essence.
3) Sift in plain flour and cocoa powder. Mix well to combine. Stir in chopped walnut and mini marshmallows. Pour batter into lined 10" baking pan.
4) Bake in preheated oven at 175C for about 35 minutes.
|Happy Birthday to you, Singapore|
If you have missed out on my earlier National Day Cookies, here's the link: