“Gravity-defying Sweetie Cake is a whimsical and impressive dessert that will amaze everyone. The latest trend, this anti-gravity cake is the perfect centerpiece for any celebration. With a mesmerizing cascade of colorful Smarties candies, this cake is a sweet lover’s dream come true. It is perfectly crafted and is guaranteed to captivate both teenagers and adults with its gravity-defying illusion. Be it a birthday party or a celebratory gathering, this beautiful cake promises joy and excitement on any occasion. Immerse yourself in the magical world of anti-gravity cake and create unforgettable memories.”
- 150 ml vegetable oil, plus a little oil for greasing
- 200g plain flour
- 8 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 280g light brown soft sugar
- 200 ml buttermilk
- 100 ml strong coffee or espresso
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2½ x 114g packs of milk chocolate fingers
- 8 tubes of Smarties or other sweets
- 100g milk chocolate, chopped into small pieces, plus 50g/2oz for decorating
- 200 g lightly salted butter, softened
- 400 g powdered sugar, sifted
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 Table spoons of milk
- 1 flexible straw
- 2 wooden skewers
- 1 paper bag or candy packet (see tip)
- duct tape
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
- Grease two 20cm cake tins and line them with baking paper.
- If the cake tins are quite shallow, line the edges at least 5cm deep.
- In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
- Squeeze any lumps of sugar with your fingers to break them up.
- In a pitcher, measure the buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla and add the egg. Whisk until smooth.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Pour the cake mixture evenly into the two tins and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Check that the cakes have risen and that a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack, peel off the baking paper and let cool.
- The sponges can be made up to three days in advance and stored in plastic wrap or, well wrapped, frozen for up to two months.
- To make the chocolate fudge frosting, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted.
- Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds to prevent burning.
- Remove the bowl from the heat and let it cool slightly.
- In another large bowl, combine butter and powdered sugar and mash with a spatula.
- Mix the butter and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until smooth.
- Sift in the cocoa, add the melted chocolate and milk and stir again until smooth.
- Use half of the frosting to assemble the cakes together on a cake stand or board.
- Using a spatula, cover the entire cake with the remaining frosting.
- Cover the sides of the cakes with chocolate fingers immediately after frosting as the frosting will set.
- Melt the remaining 50 g of chocolate until you have a spreadable consistency.
- Insert a skewer into the center of the cake and place a straw over it for stability.
- Spread chocolate on a Smartie and glue it to the straw from the base.
- Do this gradually to allow the chocolate to set before adding another layer of Smarties.
- Work your way up until the straw is completely covered.
- If the chocolate in the bowl becomes too solid, reheat it until it is the right consistency.
- Insert the remaining skewer diagonally into the top of the straw.
- Place a paper bag on top and secure it with tape if necessary.
- Cover exposed straw with more Smarties.
- Place the remaining Smarties on the cake so that the surface is flooded.
- The cake will keep for a good 2 days in an airtight container.
Equipment and tools
To make the gravity-defying sweetie cake, you will need the following equipment and tools:
- A cake pan greased with vegetable oil
- mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Whisk or electric mixer
- Cake tester or toothpick
- Wire frame
- Spatula or spatula
- Pastry bag or ziplock bag
- Cake board or serving platter
Gravity Defying Sweetie Cake contains the following allergens:
- Gluten (from flour)
Please consider these ingredients if you have allergies or dietary restrictions.
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftover gravity-defying sweetie cake, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can store the cake in the fridge for up to 5 days. Allow the cake to come to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!
The Health Benefits of Gravity-Defying Sweetie Cake
Note: This section of the article focuses on the health benefits of gravity-defying sweetie cake.
While the gravity-defying sweetie cake is a delicious treat, it also comes with some surprising health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients and understand what benefits they offer:
1. Cocoa powder
Cocoa powder, which is present in a significant amount in this cake, is known to be rich in antioxidants called flavanols. These antioxidants are associated with various health benefits, including reducing inflammation, improving heart health, and improving brain function.
Buttermilk, a key ingredient in this recipe, is a fermented milk product that offers several health benefits. It is a good source of probiotics, which support a healthy gut and boost the immune system. Additionally, buttermilk is low in fat and calories, making it a healthier alternative to regular milk.
3. Coffee or espresso
Incorporating coffee or espresso into this recipe not only provides a rich flavor but also provides a slight caffeine boost. Moderate caffeine consumption is associated with increased alertness, improved cognitive function, and reduced risk of certain diseases such as Parkinson’s and type 2 diabetes.
4. Milk chocolate
Milk chocolate, used both in cakes and for decoration, contains compounds such as flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties. Although milk chocolate should be enjoyed in moderation due to its sugar and calorie content, it can still provide some mood-enhancing benefits and contribute to overall well-being.
5. Vegetable oil
Although vegetable oil is high in calories, it is a healthier alternative to solid fats like butter. It is a good source of unsaturated fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which, when used in moderation, can help lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
6. Powdered sugar
Although powdered sugar is used primarily for decoration and sweetening, it offers minimal health benefits. However, it is important to consume it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
Although gravity-defying sweetie cake is not a healthy food per se, incorporating these ingredients into your diet in moderation can contribute to a balanced nutritional approach. So go ahead, enjoy a piece of it and enjoy the occasional indulgence without a guilty conscience!