50th Birthday Cakes for Chocolate Lovers

If you're looking for ideas and recipes for 50th birthday cakes, you’ll definitely want to consider chocolate cake for an extravagant and tantalizing treat.

White cakes can be elegant, but chocolate cakes can range from indulgent to decadent. I bet the pictures alone will make your mouth water.

When you're brainstorming cake design ideas, keep in mind that some cake decorations won't work if you want to use cake sayings or birthday messages on the cake itself.

For a truly elegant cake you may not want to clutter it up with birthday messages, those can be expressed in greeting cards instead.

You can make chocolate layers cushioned by mounds of chocolate mousse or whipped cream fillings, or topped with dollops of whipped cream.

You could make a traditional layer cake, a sheet cake, or a chocolate cake baked in a sheet pan or jelly roll pan, then topped with whipped cream and rolled into a log.

Think about a rich chocolate cake with nuts and caramel, or even a mocha and chocolate cake served with gourmet coffee for an afternoon party.

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Dress up a Cupcake for an Elegant Touch

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Even cupcakes can be dressed up to make an elegant 50th birthday cake design.

Some flavor combinations for chocolate cakes include coffee and cream, cherries and glaze, coconut, hazelnut, dark cookie crumb toppings on a cream frosting.

Pretty garnishes could be fruits like green grapes, cherries, strawberries, kiwi, coconut, shaved white chocolate, different colors of shaved chocolate, coconut, sliced almonds, just to name a few.

If you decide to go with a large sheet cake because you want to add a birthday message, you can still have chocolate. Just decorate the edges and sides with the indulgent toppings.

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Best Chocolate Cake
from Betty Crocker's Cookbook (1976)

2 c all-purpose or cake flour
2 c sugar
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c water
3/4c buttermilk
1/2 c shortening
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
4 oz melted unsweetened chocolate, cooled

Oven: 350 degrees
Pan options: 13 x 9, 2 round layers, one jelly roll pan, one quarter sheet pan, 24 cupcakes

Grease and flour, or line, your choice of pan size.
Measure all ingredients together and blend 1/2 minute on low, then 3 minutes on high speed. Evenly pour into pan(s).

Bake oblong 40-45 minutes or layers 30-35 minutes. Cupcakes 25-30 minutes.

Frost and decorate according to your cake design idea.

50th Birthday Cakes To Die For

To make a 50th birthday cake like the one pictured, try these filling and frosting recipes.

Chocolate Mousse (or Mocha) Filling

1 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 can, 14 oz size, sweetened condensed milk
2 squares (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 pkg instant chocolate pudding mix (4 serv)
1/2 cup chilled water
Optional: for Mocha Mousse Filling add 1 1/2 tsp instant coffee

Mix the condensed milk and melted chocolate in a large mixing bowl. Gradually stir in water, then pudding mix until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Stir the chocolate mixture and fold in the whipped cream. Refrigerate for another hour or more.

Makes 3 cups of filling.

Alternate a layer of cake, 1 1/2 cups of mousse, cake, mousse, cake; or use the mousse as frosting with a single layer of mousse filling between 2 cake layers.

Refrigerate the finished cake.

Fudge Frosting

1/2 lb confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup (dark) cocoa (for darker color)
1/4 cup soft butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp water
1/4 cup clear corn syrup

Blend the confectioner's sugar, dark cocoa, and butter in a mixer bowl. Add the vanilla.

Heat the water and syrup to a simmer, but not fully boiling.

Combine the hot syrup and sugar mixture and beat on low speed for 3 minutes or until glossy.

This frosting is easier to use while still warm.

This recipe will generously cover an 8 inch layer cake.

It's always a good idea to try out new recipes before using them for a special occasion. Your family will love to be your taste testers, too.

Texturize Your Toppings

Toppings and fillings for a chocolate birthday cake could be gobs and gobs of whipped cream, shaved chocolate, bright red cherries, crushed cookies, or maybe an elegant fondant covering.

Use a variety of chocolate types to create a textured appearance with shaved chocolate curls.

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