If you’ve got a real chocolate lover in your life, then there’s no better birthday gift to give them than a perfectly decorated chocolate cake. At The Cake Decorating Company, we’ve rounded up the best chocolate birthday cake ideas and pulled them together into this helpful guide so that you can have chocolate-filled success with every bake! Using the simplest of techniques, we want to help even the most amateur of bakers create show-stopping chocolate cakes.
200g golden caster sugar
200g unsalted butter, softened (plus a little extra for greasing)
4 large eggs
200g self-raising flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
Now you’ve achieved the perfect sponge, decorating your cake should be a breeze! Here are some of our favourite chocolate cake ideas with easy decorating instructions so you can make perfect show-stopping chocolate birthday cakes, time after time. All of our ideas will work perfectly with your sponge cake, but there’s nothing to stop you from decorating other cakes in this way too!
1. Chocolate Ganache cake
Using chocolate ganache is a great way to make a cake look flawless, without needing to be a decorating expert. We’ll keep all of our steps super simple here, but we’ve got lots of information about using ganache with ganache plates if you feel like you need more help. Let’s assume for this cake, that you’ve already made a basic buttercream mixture for the centre of your pre-baked chocolate sponges and that you’ve sandwiched them together, ready to start the decorating process.
Things you’ll need:
Method for making ganache and applying to cake:
Although you can buy pre-made chocolate ganaches, making your own is super-easy too. Good quality chocolate gives the best results, but take not to overheat it, as this can cause the chocolate to seize.
To create a chocolate drip cake, check out our guide to “5 simple birthday cake ideas” for drip cake inspiration.
2. Using chocolate and sweets as decorations
Leading straight on from our chocolate ganache cake, it’s really easy to create a real wow-factor chocolate birthday cake by finishing off your design with some carefully placed chocolate biscuits and sweets. If you don’t have time to finish your cake with ganache, simply apply some buttercream or frosting to the outside of your cake.
Then, using chocolate fingers, Smarties or any other decorative sweets of your choice, stick the sweets to the buttercream for a bold and bright finish that’s really simple to create, but super-professional in effect!
3. Chocolate buttercream cake
Chocolate buttercream cake looks amazing but doesn’t require a super-polished finish. Using your basic buttercream recipe, or some premade chocolate frosting, it’s an easy chocolate birthday cake idea that packs a punch!
Things you’ll need:
4. Chocolate Cupcakes
If you’re not confident enough to make a large birthday cake, why not use the same chocolate sponge recipe and try your hand at creating a batch of birthday cupcakes? Great for birthday parties, or taking into the office for a colleagues birthday, they may be small, but their impact will be just as mighty.
Here’s what you’ll need;