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250g caster sugar
250g self raising flour
200g (4) eggs
500g icing sugar
150g softened butter
1 Vanilla pod
50ml double cream
50g good quality dark chocolate
Hundreds and Thousands
Chocolate balls or smarties
Lot and lots of sweets!
Let's get Cooking...
For the cake, melt the buttered mix in the caster sugar. Add the eggs and mix through, then the flour and vanilla until incorporated. Divide equally into 2 6 inch cake tins and bake at 180°C for 30-40 minutes until they are cooked through.
For the buttercream, beat together the icing sugar, butter and milk and add the seeds from the vanilla pod. Keep beating until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Cut each cake into 2 layers so you have a total of 4 layers of cake and cut a hole into the middle of 3 of the layers, keeping one of the middles.
Put first layer without a hole onto a cake board or plate with a little buttercream underneath so it doesn't slip.
Pipe or spread some buttercream onto the layer of cake and sandwich another layer with a hole on top.
Repeat until you get to the last layer of cake, turn the layer upside down to ensure the top is the flat part from the cake tin.
Pour into the middle of the cake chocolate balls until they're a cm from the top and seal the top with the middle part of the cake you kept.
Smother buttercream over the whole layered cake and scrape away the excess (crumb coat-
Refrigerate or freeze for 20 minutes until the buttercream has hardened.
Spread another layer of buttercream over the sides of the cake and even out.
Pour the hundreds and thousands onto a flat tray.
Carefully take the cake and roll the sides into the hundreds and thousands so it encased the whole cake.
Put the cake back onto the board/plate and even out the top and sides.
Make the ganache by heating up the cream and mixing through the chocolate until it melts and is a smooth think mixture. If it looks like its splitting or too thick, add a little more cream.
When its not too hot, pour over the cake and gently push the ganache over the sides and let it fall naturally.
Now time to decorate the top like crazy!
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