One of the things I struggle with is making cakes for men.... as soon as someone asks me immediate panic sets because (sorry to be sexist as there are some exceptions) I can't cover it in pretty decorations i.e. flowers. Most of the men I speak to about cakes seem to prefer novelty cakes and although I don't mind making novelty cakes I don't get as excited about it as I feel sometimes the taste is compromised.
So when my Aunt asked me to make a cake for my cousins 30th I was relieved when she said she wanted a chocolate cigareolles cake she saw I had made recently for someone else. I think this cake is a great cake option for men as it doesn't have to have pretty decorations on it to look impressive.
I started by making 3 x 7" chocolate cake layers using the Primrose Bakery chocolate cake recipe you will find in my chocolate easter cake blog. This recipe was enough for all three layers. I covered and filled the cake with chocolate buttercream which you will also find the recipe for in my chocolate easter cake blog.
Once I had covered the cake in chocolate buttercream I started to add the cigareolles. They will stick to the buttercream so you don't have to be too worried about them falling over.
Here is a picture at the start of the cake build... the other good thing about this cake is that you don't have to be too neat with the buttercream as you hide it and end up with a very neat finish! I covered the cake board with chocolate fondant icing.
The cigareolles I used for this cake are the biscuit variety you can pick up very easily in most supermarkets. I will admit that these can go slightly soft the longer you leave them on the cake so it is best to decorate the cake as near to serving it as possible. I have served this cake the day after and it has still been delicious and pretty crunchy.
Here is the cake once all the cigareolles have been put round it. To keep them in position while the cake set I added a bow around the middle and left this on as a decoration.
I filled the centre of the cake with Lindt chocolates and drizzled milk and dark chocolate over the top. Here is a close up:
This cake is quite simple to build but not that cheap to buy ingredients for if you go for the good stuff! I will say one thing that it is extremely delicious!
Here is a picture of one I did recently filled with fruit. I did 3 x 6" layers and the fruit went really well with the chocolate cake: