Chilis Restaurant Cake
(Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)
I was asked to make a Chilis restaurant cake for twin girls who love the place! Their friend called in the order. She specifically asked for a molten cake as a topper and sent me a Photoshop image with the cake design she wanted. It was so creative and exciting!
I made a square chocolate cake (if I remember correctly) and molded everything else out of rice krispie treats, fondant, and/or foam! I used a cake recipe that I love and use for my family all the time. I used a picture of the actual restaurant as inspiration.
This is the cake recipe I used:
2 cups all purpose flour unsifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter or margarine room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate melted
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Cream sugar and butter together until light in texture. Add eggs and vanilla to the creamed mixture. Then beat the whole thing thoroughly. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Add melted chocolate and beat thoroughly.
Brush two 8 or 9 in. cake pans with Cake Release. Or as an alternative, generously grease pans with solid vegetable shortening and flour. Pour batter into pans. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the top springs back when touched lightly in center.
The piping was all done with ganache and the accents were all fondant. The Chilis restaurant cake was so much fun to make as well as the molten cake topper. I poured piping gel tinted to look like caramel all over the topper.