My Dad loves to golf! For his 75th birthday I decided I would make him a golf cake. There are so many great ideas out there. I wanted the cake to look like a golf green. I baked a double layer chocolate cake with rich buttercream frosting as the filling. Dad loves chocolate so it is a perfect filler for him!The rich chocolate buttercream recipe is from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. It is very rich and should be classed as a dessert all by itself - it is so yummy! I have the recipe at the end of this post.
I made a double batch of buttercream frosting and colored it green. I used wilton green, wilton blue and americolor forest green. Getting the green I wanted was probably the hardest part. I kept adding more and more coloring. The frosting was looking very minty so I added some blue which made it darker like I imagined a golf course would look.
I frosted the entire cake in the buttercream. Drew outlines for my golf green, water hazard and sand trap. The rest of the top of the cake I frosted using tip 233 to make it look like grass. I liked doing this because it hid the buttercream and so that didn't have to be completely smooth.
I wanted the cake to have a water hazard and sand trap. For the water hazard I used piping gel. I colored it blue and frosted underneath it with white so the blue would show thru. Looking at it now I wish I had made it a darker blue - maybe next time. I used my mortar and pestle to crush graham crackers to use for the sand trap. I had to travel with the cake and I didn't add the graham crackers until we got to our destination. I didn't want them to soak into the buttercream.
I also have somewhat of a scrapbooking addiction and I used my Cricut machine to cut out the flag and 75 for the golf flag. I used a wooden dowl for the flag pole and voila - I was done!! I think Dad enjoyed it :)
Rich Chocolate Buttercream
2 (1 Ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
2 (1 Ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
1 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Melt chocolate
- Beat Butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add chocolate, powdered sugar, and remaining ingredients. Beat until spreading consistency.