It can be a bit difficult making birthday cakes for non-cake loving people, but birthdays just aren’t the same without blowing out candles. As this year’s alternative I decided to make a biscuit mountain using a homemade version of the birthday boy’s favourites.
I used a recipe found here although I adapted it to UK style measurements and missed out some of the sugar.
140g plain flour
120g butter (softened)
60g unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 large egg
Mix the flour, cocoa, bicarb, baking powder, salt and sugar in bowl. Beat in the egg and butter. Mix thoroughly together ( I just used a wooden spoon). Line a baking sheet with baking paper and place rounded teaspoons of mixture about 2 inches apart from each other. You’ll need to flatten and shape them with your fingers, and if you don’t want them to look so rustic, tidy them up with a cutter. Bake them at 190C for 9 minutes and cool on a wire rack.
110g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla powder (or other kind of vanilla flavouring)
Gradually beat the sugar and vanilla into the butter until light and fluffy.
Using a butter knife, spread some filling on the underside of a biscuit and place another one on top!
For more thorough (less lazy) instructions have a look at the cupcake project blog where you can also find other links to the recipe among other tasty things.
Homemade biscuits always taste better, although I have to admit it would have been a lot quicker to go and buy some from the shop!
Let me know if you make some!