A turmeric cake with cayenne cream & black chocolate frosting. A quick sprinkle decoration tutorial included!
This cake was super fun to come up with! Three things that I absolutely love: cake, spicy food, and… dragons. Interesting combination, I know, but it all works out so well with this cake! Dragons are one of those cool mythical creatures that I love, especially if you’ve seen How to Train Your Dragon with the cute Toothless.
I came up with this idea (among many more that will soon be gracing you with their delicious, and also interesting, presence in the future) by wanting to put dragon to cake. Basically you have the inside of the cake, which has a golden hue to it from the turmeric and the cayenne cream filling -the fire-, and then the black chocolate frosting-to resemble the black midnight scales- which makes it into a dragon cake!
You’re probably thinking this is a odd flavored cake, and it does have a bit of a savory side to it from the turmeric and cayenne, but the chocolate frosting adds a sweetness and helps cool down the spice. The cake itself has such a unique flavor and the cayenne cream filling adds a delicious creaminess to it, and to be honest, after I had one bite of this cake the filling was so good that I had to keep eating it until the whole slice was gone. So. Good.
And then of course there was the fun way to decorate this cake. When I thought “Dragon”, I pictured slivers, blacks, and whites to decorate the cake. So I hit up the local Michaels and bought a bunch of sprinkles and mixed them all together to make a cute varied combo to decorate with and purchased this cool silver cake stand just for this cake. Decorating it was super simple and easy as well, just continue on down to see how to do it!
Sprinkle Decorating Tutorial
- Frost the cake and leave a little bit of frosting leftover. Put the cake in the fridge to let the buttercream set, about 15 minutes. In the mean time, prepare the sprinkle selection you want to use and put into a small container. Here are the sprinkles I used: black sugar pearls, silver sugar pearls, white nonpareils, and silver pearlized sprinkle mix.
- Take some wax paper and cut out the shape that you would like to put onto the cake. You could even try and experiment and carefully cut out a word or phrase with an exacto knife.
- Carefully place the wax paper on the part of the cake that you want sprinkle-ized, and gently press to make stick to the cake. Place the cake onto a sheet pan with raised sides (to prevent a sprinkle mess).
- Using a small off-set spatula, spread a thin layer of frosting over the cut-out portion of the wax paper.
- Carefully start to gently press the sprinkles onto the frosted section of the cake until fully coated and to satisfaction.
- When happy with the sprinkles, place the cake into the ridge for at least 30-60 minutes to fully let the frosting set before removing the wax paper. If you remove the wax paper before doing this, then all of the frosting will either come off with it or it will ruin the smooth finish of the frosting.
- After the frosting has set, carefully remove the wax paper to reveal the lovely sprinkle design!
Makes one 3-layer, 6-inch cake
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk + 2 tbsp vinegar
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350*F and grease and line three 6-inch cake pans. Measure out the milk and add in the vinegar and let sit until the milk is curdled.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and powder, salt, and turmeric and mix to combine. In another bowl combine the egg yolks, eggs, milk/vinegar, orange juice, and vanilla and whisk together. Slowly pour the wet into the dry ingredients, mixing simultaneously until the batter is fully combined.
Evenly divide the batter among the three cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake. Let the cake cool and then wrap in plastic wrap to keep moist and until ready to use.
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 tsp unflavored gelatin
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, pour in the heavy cream and vanilla and then sprinkle the gelatin, powdered sugar, and cayenne pepper over it. Put the mixer on slow to start and to combine the ingredients. After a minute put the speed on high and let whip until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Place in fridge until ready to use
Black Chocolate Frosting
- 4 sticks butter
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 tbsp milk
- black food coloring
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine the butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder. Mix on slow until mostly combined. Then add in the milk and vanilla and mix on medium speed until fully combined, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add in the black food coloring, about a 1/2 tsp or so, and combine, whipping for about 6 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy. Give the frosting at least an hour to sit to let the color darken.
To assemble: cake layer, thin layer frosting, cayenne cream, thing layer frosting, cake, and repeat.