Egg-less Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting

If there are any special occasions like birthday or anniversary of near and dear ones, it calls for a celebration. Baking a cake at home is not a big deal, but decorating the cake needs some thinking and more efforts. Depending on the type of cake, we need to decide which type of frosting will be suitable.
I tried chocolate frosting for my chocolate cake few days back. Chocolate cake with layers and yummy was divine! You can remember my earlier recipe of Egg-less Chocolate Cake which I shared sometime back. I just prepared 2 chocolate cakes in that way, layered and decorated them and finally, here is the outcome!

Time required: 45 - 50 minuted
Cooling time: 2 - 3 hours
Servings: 10 - 12
Difficulty level: Difficult

- Egg-less chocolate cakes - 2 nos (prepare and keep them ready)
- For Frosting:
  • Unsalted butter (at room temp) - 1 cup
  • Icing sugar - 3 cups (adjust according to taste)
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  • Dark chocolate - 200 gm
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Big pinch of salt
  • Chocolate shaves - as needed (see Tips)
  • Chocolate coated peanuts (or any other chocolate bytes) - few

- How to prepare frosting:
  • Melt the dark chocolate and allow to cool.
  • Beat butter using a beater or hand mixer till creamy. 
  • To this, add melted chocolate, salt and 1 cup of icing sugar. Beat them for a minute.
  • Add 2 - 3 tbsp of milk and one more cup of sugar. Beat the mixture again. 
  • Continue adding milk followed by sugar till you are done. 
  • Adjust the consistency and taste.
  • Beat the mixture for 2 - 3 minutes or till its light and creamy. 

- How to assemble the cake:
  • Slice each cake carefully into two layers. You will have 4 separate layers in total now.
  • Keep the first layer on the cake base or on a plate. Cover it with one layer of chocolate frosting.
  • Put the second layer of cake upon that and cover with frosting.
  • Fix all the four layers in the same way and cover the top and sides with frosting.
  • Decorate the sides with chocolate shaves. Arrange the choco-coated peanuts / your favorite chocolates on the top. Sprinkle some chocolate shaves as you like.
  • Refrigerate the cake for 2 - 3 hours before cutting. 

  • Dark chocolate which I used for frosting was sweet and hence, 3 cups of icing sugar was enough. If using unsweetened chocolate, add more sugar accordingly.
  • You can prepare the chocolate shaves easily at home. Refrigerate the chocolate block and once it becomes really hard, peel them using a peeler. Your chocolate shaves are ready to use!
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