Woodlands Cake
 
 
A woodlands Cake that is actually extremely easy to make, a bit messy at times, but the final outcome is a stunning cake that looks like a real wood log. This cake was made for our Grandson’s 2nd Birthday and was inspired by this amazing cake by Elizabeth at Sugarhero.com.

Feel free to use any cake and frosting recipes that are your favorite to create this Woodlands Cake. I used the following: The bottom log cake is 1-1/2 recipes of Texas Sheet Cake baked in 3-8 inch pans and frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream with melted chocolate folded in. The top cake is a 6-inch Naked White Cake frosted with Perfect Ermine Buttercream. I added some “moss” made from crushed graham crackers and frosted mini wheat cereal tinted with green food coloring. A few sprigs of freshly cut rosemary and some left-over chocolate shards complete the decorations.
Recipe type: Dessert | Chocolate Layer Cake, Naked White Cake
Ingredients
Top Cake, Naked White Cake:
Bottom Cake, Chocolate Woodlands Cake:
Chocolate Curled Shards:
  • 16 ounces milk chocolate, chopped into small pieces, divided Tip: use a chocolate of your choice, either milk chocolate or semi-sweet or dark chocolate.
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
Tree Moss:
  • About 2 graham cracker sheets
  • About ½ cup frosted mini-wheats cereal
  • Green food color
Garnish:
  • Fresh Rosemary
Instructions
Assembly:
  1. Top Cake, Naked White Cake: Prepare 1 recipe for Naked White Cake. Bake in 3 6-inch pans. Stack, and fill layers with additional Buttercream or a filling of your choice. Frost outside of cake with Perfect Ermine Buttercream. Cover with foil or plastic wrap, refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Bottom Cake, Chocolate Woodlands Cake: Prepare 1½ recipes of Texas Sheet Cake. Bake in 3 8-inch pans.
  3. Chocolate Curled Shards: Place 8 ounces of chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot water. Melt, stirring gently with a rubber spatula. Tip: Create a double boiler by filling a saucepan with 2 inches of water and bringing it to a simmer. Turn the heat off and place a stainless steel, ceramic, or glass bowl on top of the simmering water, the upper pan should not touch the water. See Melting Chocolate.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate out onto a large sheet of parchment paper, and use an offset spatula to spread it into a thin layer. Place another sheet of parchment on top, then roll the parchment up into a cylinder, and secure it with a rubber band. Refrigerate until the chocolate is completely set and hardened. Once it is set, remove from the refrigerator, unroll the parchment, and the chocolate will shatter into curled shards as you unroll it. Set aside until ready to use.
  5. Make Swiss Meringue Buttercream, fold in 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled, to make a chocolate buttercream.
  6. Split each cake layer in two to make a total of 6 layers. Fill and frost the layers with Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Use the tip of a knife or wooden toothpick to give the appearance of tree rings in the top of the cake. Tip: I also dipped a toothpick into some melted dark chocolate and swirled the chocolate into the rings to give some extra color.
  7. Press the chocolate shards into the sides of the frosted cake, letting the shards extend a little above the top of the cake. The shards should be close together, but don’t worry if there are small spaces between the shards, the spaces will be filled in with additional melted chocolate. Cover the cake and refrigerate until the buttercream and chocolate shards are set.
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  9. Melt the remaining 8 ounces of chocolate. Remove the cake from the refrigerator. Using a pastry brush, brush the melted chocolate onto the chocolate shards as well as into any empty spaces. Cover every space liberally with melted chocolate. The melted chocolate helps to give the cake a rough and rustic appearance.
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  11. Brush some of the cocoa powder in random spots around the sides of the cake. The cocoa powder gives the look of dried-out and dusty tree bark.
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  13. Tree Moss: Crush the graham crackers and frosted mini-wheats cereal. Mix together in a bowl with a drop of green food color. Use more food color as needed to achieve the color you prefer. Press small amounts of the tree moss randomly into the sides of the cake.
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  17. Cover cake with foil or plastic wrap, refrigerate until ready to serve.
  18. Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary.
Presentation:
  1. Place the 6-inch naked cake off center on top of the bottom cake. Sprinkle a bit of tree moss and randomly place a few left-over very small pieces of chocolate shards.
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Recipe by at https://thebakingpan.com/recipes/cakes/woodlands-cake/