I was pretty partial to them in my younger days but I’d forgotten all about them until I met my friend Nae, who is a self contirmed Chokito bar freak. Actually she loves anything resembling chocolate but just like she has a favourite all-time song, film and book, the Chokito is her all time favourite chocolate bar.
Last month for her 40th, I decided to make her a cake that celebrated her love of chocolate and Chockitos.
When I say this girl LOVES chocolate, I’m not kidding. I once saw her slurp the chocolate from a chocolate fountain after her daughter’s birthday party because she couldn’t bear it to go to waste. I like to tease her about it.
Anyhoo, the cake.
A couple of years ago Nae’s husband ordered a Chokito cake for her birthday and it was over the top – slabs of chockito bars, chocolate cake, milk chocolate ganache and then more chockitos on top. I could hardly manage two mouthfuls. (For the record, Nae loved it!)
I wanted to make her something a bit more elegant for her 40th.
I find milk chocolate ganache a bit too sweet for cakes so I decided to use dark chocolate ganache.
I used my favourite chocolate cake and made two 9 inch cakes and split them in two to make four layers.
Each layer was sprinkled with Creme de Cocoa liqueur before being slathered with ganache and half of a chopped up Chokito bar sprinkled over.
Once the top layer was in place, I covered the entire cake with a thick shell of ganache.
Although I love the look of perfectly smooth sides, it’s not always easy to achieve. When in doubt, create texture! I used the edge of a flat spatula to rake up the ganache to create a bark-like effect. So easy yet impresive!
I call it the 1kg Chocolate Chockito Cake because that’s how much chocolate I used for the ganache. Nae and her family thought that was a pretty special statistic (did I mention that Nae comes from a family of chocoholics?)
I made the 40 decoration using a craftwood coaster and scrapbook paper and embellishments. Its becoming a bit of a theme with me and I kind of like make the decoration as a bit of a keepsake.
Unbelievably the whole cake was eaten at the party. It was by all accounts, di-licious!
What was your favourite chocolate bar growing up?