MiNDFOOD’s 2nd Birthday Cake

By Dixie Elliott

MiNDFOOD’s 2nd Birthday Cake
MiNDFOOD's 2nd Birthday Cake recipe, brought to you by MiNDFOOD.

Serves 6-8

250g butter

1 cup caster sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups self-raising flour

300ml carton sour cream

1/4 cup milk

3/4 cup toasted flaked almonds

1 cup white sugar

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup pure or pouring cream

80g butter, extra

600ml thickened cream

375g bag white chocolate melts

1 Preheat oven to 160C. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper. Using an electric beater, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla; beat until combined. Sift in flour, then add sour cream and milk. Fold into batter. Pour into tin; bake for 1 hour until cooked through. Turn onto a wire rack and allow to cool.

2 Line a baking tray with baking paper. Sprinkle with almonds. Place sugar in a non-stick saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook for 5 minutes, shaking pan every 2 minutes until sugar is melted and a rich caramel colour. Pour over almonds; allow to cool and set. Break into pieces.

3 To make caramel sauce, place brown sugar, pouring cream and extra butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir for 5 minutes until melted. Cover and refrigerate until thickened slightly.

4 Heat half thickened cream in a saucepan until bubbles appear. Stand for 1 minute. Add chocolate; stir until melted. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until mixture thickens. Place remaining cream in a bowl; beat, using an electric hand beater, until soft peaks form. Fold into chocolate mixture.

5 Cut cake into 4 layers. Place one layer on a serving platter. Spread 1/4 chocolate mixture over cake. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with praline. Repeat layers three more times and serve.

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