SU­GARMOO’S SMASH CAKE

This is not your av­er­age bake – but it’s so much fun to try at home

Friday - - Sweet Celebration -

What is it? Not your usual ‘cake’, that’s for sure. A cel­e­bra­tory choco­late dome shell that is smashed with a ham­mer to re­veal lay­ers of truf­fle cake pops stacked in the shape of a lay­ered cake, this is the wild brain­child of Su­garMoo, founded by bud­dies Raki Phillips and Jawad Ye­hia (house favourites: Lo­tus­li­cious Truf­fles and Brownie Mess in a Jar).

FOR THE CAKE POPS

Makes 30 cake pops 500g sponge cake, blitzed into crumbs 100g cream cheese 3 tbsp Nutella 1 tsp vanilla

FOR THE COLOURED CHOCO­LATE

2 cups white choco­late chips or but­tons 1 tsp veg­etable oil A few drops of food colour­ing, de­pend­ing on the in­ten­sity of colour you de­sire Blend the crumbs of your favourite sponge cakes with the cream cheese, Nutella, and vanilla. Form into wal­nut-sized balls and freeze for 15 min­utes. For the coloured sur­faces, melt the white choco­late and add veg­etable oil. Di­vide into bowls and add food colour­ing to each. Next, dip the frozen choco­late cake pops into choco­late and let them sit on a rack. Al­ter­na­tively, place cake pops on a rack and pour the choco­late over to coat evenly. Driz­zle the rest of the melted choco­late in a zig-zag mo­tion over the cake pops to add more di­men­sion. Re­frig­er­ate.

CHOCO­LATE DOME 750g choco­late chips

Melt the choco­late chips in the mi­crowave. Lightly grease a chilled bowl with veg­etable oil – we used the steel mix­ing bowl on our KitchenAid and froze it first. Ap­ply a thin, smooth layer of choco­late in­side the bowl, chill, then add a sec­ond layer. Freeze for 30 min­utes, then al­low to rest for 5 min­utes be­fore pop­ping it out. Dec­o­rate the choco­late mould as you wish – we driz­zled it with left­over choco­late from the cake pops and then brushed the bot­tom with all the colours com­bined for that rain­bow ef­fect.

AS­SEM­BLY

Stack your cake pops in a cake ring. Use a bit of melted choco­late on each cake pop to stick them to one an­other to form a dome. Stack as you wish! Care­fully re­move the cake ring, then cover the cake pops with the choco­late dome. Last step: de­cide who gets to smash your cake with a ham­mer! Cheat sheet: If your sponge cake has gone a bit wonky, cake pops are a great idea as you blend the cake with Nutella any­way! Or you can buy the cake pops from Su­garMoo in a choice of colours.

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