Cinnamon vanilla wedding cake with Mexican hot chocolate buttercream

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • DifficultyMedium

For the Mexican hot chocolate buttercream

500ml egg whites
800g caster sugar
900g unsalted butter, at room temperature
250g white chocolate, melted and cooled
250g dark chocolate, melted and cooled
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp sweet ancho chilli pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

For the cinnamon vanilla cake

225g butter
400g caster sugar
4 large eggs
420g sifted plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
240ml whole milk
2 tsp vanilla essence
For the Mexican hot chocolate buttercream:
1) Combine the egg whites and sugar in a stand mixer bowl and whisk to combine. Place the bowl over simmering water while whisking regularly until the mixture reaches 60C on an instant-read thermometer and the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the bowl from the heat and whip the mixture at medium to high speed until the meringue has cooled almost completely.

2) Slowly add the room temperature butter piece by piece until the buttercream takes on a cottage cheese consistency. Add the melted cooled chocolates, and the spices and vanilla until incorporated and smooth.

For the cinnamon vanilla cake:
1) Cream the butter in a stand mixer until smooth and light. Add sugar and continue to mix until fully incorporated and fluffy.

2) Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

3) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.

4) Combine the milk and vanilla. Add portions of the flour mixture and milk mixture to the electric mixer, alternating, and starting and ending with the flour. Pour evenly into 2 buttered and floured 23cm cake pans.

5) Bake for 40 mins or until golden – the cake should pull away from the side and spring back to the touch. Allow to cool completely on racks

6) Sandwich the two cake layers together with the Mexican hot chocolate buttercream. Ice the cake and decorate as desired.

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