Dark, fudgy layers of chocolate cake hidden beneath minty, green, chocolate flecked buttercream. Think of Mint Choc Chip ice cream turned into a layer cake.
Confession time. Several weeks ago it was my birthday. Though I’m slightly too old to drum-roll the fact these days, I celebrated with this cake. It is based on my childhood favourite ice cream: mint choc chip. It even comes complete with green coloured icing for that authentic retro look. In this cake I have managed to combine 3 of my all-time favourite ingredients – buttermilk, chocolate and mint. What a birthday cake – there’s 3 layers hiding in there – total joy.
And the story of this Mint Choc Chip Layer Cake just keeps getting better and better. This is one giant cake if you want it to be – the recipe is enough for either a 4-layer cake using 6 inch tins or a 3-layer cake using 8 inch tins. All covered in that glorious mint-choc-chip icing that takes you back to seaside holidays as a kid, only without the sand in each mouthful.
I’ve used dark muscovado sugar in the cake mix to enhance the deep colour and provide a dense, fudgy texture, which matches perfectly with the minty fresh buttercream.
Talking about the buttercream, those flecks of chocolate in it do make this cake a very forgiving one. Anybody who gets a bit intimidated by the thought of covering a layer cake should give it a go. There’s really no need to worry about cake crumbs mixing in with the icing, nobody will notice.
If you are not expecting a small army to visit and help demolish the cake with you, you can do like me and store a layer in the freezer ready for when you need a speedy, indulgent accessory to go with berries & ice cream.
I’ve been verging on obsessed by the combination of mint and chocolate for as long as I can remember. And the fixation doesn’t stop at ice cream – After Eights, Mint Aero bars, Fry’s Peppermint creams (♥♥♥), Mint Poppets – all the usual suspects. Do you have a childhood favourite you cannot give up? Have you managed to bring those flavours into a grown-up recipe? I’d love to hear from you.