World War One Trench Birthday Cake

100% edible World War One trench chocolate birthday cake Raspberry jam and chocolate buttercream filling. Covered with chocolate buttercream. Details in gumpaste. Barbed wire is flash frozen chocolate sprayed with edible silver.

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Hi, i was wondering if you have the recipe for this cake. I have a history project about world war 1 trenches so 

i thought it would be good to make a cake for it. Thanks in advance :)


Hi Minted.pea

I used this recipe for the chocolate cake:

  • 200g good quality dark chocolate , about 60% cocoa solids

  • 200g butter , cut in pieces

  • 1 tbsp instant coffee granules

  • 85g self-raising flour

  • 85g plain flour

  • 1⁄4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 200g light muscovado sugar

  • 200g golden caster sugar

  • 25g cocoa powder

  • 3 medium eggs

  • 75ml buttermilk (5 tbsp)

  1. Preheat the oven to fan 140C/conventional 160C/ gas 3. Break the chocolate in pieces into a medium, heavy-based pan. Tip in the butter, then mix the coffee granules into 125ml/4fl oz cold water and pour into the pan. Warm through over a low heat just until everything is melted - don't overheat. Or melt in the microwave on Medium for about 5 minutes, stirring half way through.

  2. While the chocolate is melting, mix the two flours, bicarbonate of soda, sugars and cocoa in a big bowl, mixing with your hands to get rid of any lumps. Beat the eggs in a bowl and stir in the buttermilk.

  3. Now pour the melted chocolate mixture and the egg mixture into the flour mixture, stirring just until everything is well blended and you have a smooth, quite runny consistency. Pour this into the tin and bake for 1 hour 25- 1 hour 30 minutes - if you push a skewer in the centre it should come out clean and the top should feel firm (don't worry if it cracks a bit). Leave to cool in the tin (don't worry if it dips slightly), then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


I know a lot of interesting facts from my grandmother, it was always very interesting for me to happen her stories about World War 1, which she experienced personally. If you are also interested in this topic, then read the article which is completely devoted to it. War never changes, causing thousands of victims, loss of moral values and degradation of almost all areas of life. It's very sad to talk about it, but it's a fact.