1. Grease and line base and sides of cake pan with one thickness of baking paper, bringing paper 5cm above side of pan.
2. Combine chopped butter, chopped chocolate, coffee, and water in a saucepan.
Stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Cool 15 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl of mixer.
3. Add caster sugar to mixture and beat well until dissolved. Add sifted flour and cocoa, lightly beaten eggs and vanilla.
4. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
5. Bake at 150C for 1 hour 45 mins. Test with skewer. Cool cake in pan.
Make the Dark Chocolate Ganache
1.2 kg (2lb 10oz) dark chocolate, finely chopped
500ml (17.5 fl oz) pure cream
Method: Heat the cream until it just starts to bubble, pour over chocolate (which you have blitzed in the food processor to coffee granules size) and let it sit for about a minute to melt. Use a hand whisk to blend it all together then set aside to cool.
Your ganache at this point will be thin. You will have to let it set overnight until it thickens to a slightly thicker peanut butter consistency. Since I don’t have the patience to wait, I just let it cool to room temperature and then pop it in the fridge (don’t cover because you might get condensation). It would usually set in the fridge in about an hour or two. If it sets too hard, just microwave it in 10 second intervals (keep mixing it whenever you take it out).
For more information on how to make ganache and cover your cake with it, please click here.
I used the three images above as my inspiration. I tried to match the sizes, shapes and colours as I put together the birds, pigs and timbers. I also went online and played the game just to better understand the whole ‘Angry Birds’ thing.
I made all the pieces separately as they were being transported to the birthday party and with the cake being tall and slim (reflecting the 2D nature of the Angry Birds game) I was afraid that the cake would be top heavy and topple over in the car. I used cocktail sticks and wooden skewers to keep everything straight and the spikes came in handy for anchoring the timbers to the cake later on.
I made an 8″square dark chocolate mud cake and cut it in half and filled it with dark chocolate ganache. I then cut the cake up to resemble the online game silhouette finally covered the top and sides with the remaining ganache.
Now that you have mastered the Angry Bird cake you have to have a go at the Star Wars Angry Bird Cake that I made in September 2014!
5 thoughts on “Angry Birds Cake”
This is a great cake…..just wonder if you would mind telling me if the ‘angry birds’ are made of fondant with tylose added? And what is the dimension of the actual cake please?
Yes, I added tylose to my fondant. i don’t remember the dimensions of the cake but I think it was only 2″ wide. The board it is sitting on is 8″ x 24″.
If I was making the cake again I would make a larger cake and make the finished cake at least 3″ wide for stability. I would also make the ganache firmer say even 1800g of dark chocolate to 600ml pure cream.
Thanks for the quick reply and your suggestions……very much appreciated. I hope if I make this I does as well as you did. I am toying with the idea of either this design or a single ‘angry bird’….
I can’t believe your generosity in sharing such details of your cakes. Although my grandsons are now beyond most novelty cakes, the last one was a large three tier rubix cube, just making them was enough without photographing every stage. Congratulations on your expertise.
Thank you. I love photography as much as cakes so it is no problem taking the photos.