A 4 layer chocolate cake coated with a pretty vanilla ombre frosting. Cake recipe adapted from [amazon_link id="1401323952" target="_blank" ]Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home[/amazon_link].
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Preheat the oven to 180 celsius (355 Fahrenheit). Grease 4 20cm non-stick spring form cake tins or of you only have 2 tins prepare the 2 tins and bake in batches.
Combine the cocoa and dark muscovado sugar in a bowl and cover with the boiling water. Whisk to combine, ensuring there are no lumps of cocoa and set aside.
In an electric mixer cream the butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy. Switch the mixer to low and add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well between each addition.
Add the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda alternately with the cocoa mixture and mix until combined.
Divide the mixture between the cake tins and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Place the tins on a wire wrack and cool in the tins for 10 minutes before removing the cake from the tins to cool completely.
Once the cakes have cooled use a knife to level the top of each cake.
To make the frosting add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and cream the butter until it is well mixed. Gradually add the sugar and beat until very light and fluffy, about 5 min. Add the vanilla extract and mix through. Slowly stream in the milk until the frosting is soft, smooth and spreadable.
Remove 1/3 of the frosting from the bowl and divide between 2 smaller bowls. Place a few drops of red colouring in one bowl and a few drops of the purple colouring into the other bowl. Mix the frosting until well mixed and add more colouring if you want a more intense colour.
In the mixing bowl add the pink food colouring and mix until well combined.
Place one layer of cake a cake stand and using an offset spatula spread with frosting. Top with the next layer of cake and repeat until you reach the final layer of cake. Coat the top of the cake with frosting and lightly coat the sides of the cake. Smooth and remove any excess and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.
Remove the cake from the refrigerator and starting at the bottom, spread the red frosting around the bottom third of the cake. You will need it relatively thick to start with so it's best to sort of dollop it on. Don't smooth it yet. Next add the lilac frosting to the middle third of the cake and again dollop it on, making sure it doesn't drip into the red frosting. Finally, coat the top and the remaining top third of the cake with the pink frosting.
Use the offset spatula to smooth the sides and tops of the cake, scraping off any excess frosting as necessary.