Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Is this a big Tim Tam or a Tim Tam Cake?

Whether we are Australian or not, we love Tim Tam!!! ...and also this BIG Timtastic cake!!!

Inspired by Australian Day and Raspberri Cupcakes, I have baked our Tim Tam cake using a highly rated mix-and-bake chocolate cake recipe from Donna Hay. According to Raspberri Cupcakes, her gigantic Tim Tam cake is also known as a Timtastic Cake in Australian Good Taste Magazine. As mentioned, making this cake is not difficult at all and all we need to do is to bake any of our favourite chocolate cake, make any of our favourite chocolate frosting and assemble them all into this iconic and heavenly Tim Tam shape.

The Donna Hay chocolate cake recipe that I used to bake my Tim Tam cake is exactly the one that Junior MasterChef Australia contestants baked. This recipe is simply brilliant! It is so kid-friendly... that I reckon all 4 years old and above kids including my son can bake this cake. Simple? Brilliant? Kid-friendly? Yup... I have to emphasize this again... All that we did was mix-and-bake.

Size does matter? It does or doesn't really matter here as both BIG and small Tim Tam are equally yummy... After tasting the cake version, I like the bigger one more :p

Comparing to the one baked by Raspberri Cupcakes, I wouldn't say that our Tim Tam cake is an enormous one. In fact,
being slightly too tall by its proportion, my cake doesn't seem like an exact replicate of the classic Tim Tam biscuit. To console myself, I think my "fat" cake looks more like the double-choc Tim Tam rather than the classic ones. Ok ok... Looks aside. Whether big or smaller, tall or not, Tim Tam or not, our Tim Tam cake is nice, BIG and Timtastic enough for us to eat.

This is how I made our Timtastic cake...

Tim Tam Timtastic Donna Hay chocolate cake
Small vs BIG Tim Tam
For those who don't know... These are the Aussie iconic Tim Tam!
My son and I were making this kid-friendly stir-and-bake cake
Baking the cakes using Donna Hay's recipe
Trimming the cake
Making cream cheese frosting
Bashing Tim Tam can be quite tough... grab and squeeze is more effective :)
Assembling the cake... First with chocolate ganache
Giving the cake a spread of cream cheese frosting and Tim Tam filling
Sandwich cake with top layer cake and spread ganache all over the cake
Tim Tam timtastic cake
Very moist and chocolaty ! YUM!!!

Eat lots of Tim Tam and Have a Happy Australian Day!!!

Mix-and-bake Chocolate Buttermilk Cake mostly adapted from Donna Hay

Makes one BIG Tim Tam cake, 10cm x 20cm

375ml water
180g butter, chopped
6 tbsp Dutch-process cocoa, sifted
(I used Valrhona Dutch processed ones)
450g plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
1 1/2 tsp baking powder, sifted
400g caster sugar
(original is 660g and this amount of sugar that I added is just right for me)
3 egg
180ml buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting mostly adapted from Donna Hay

250g cream cheese, softened
160g icing sugar, sifted
25g cocoa, sifted

6-8 Tim Tam biscuits, finely crushed, depending on how tall you want your cake. I used 8 and that's why mine is so tall :p

Chocolate ganache topping mostly adapted from Raspberri Cupcakes

150ml pouring cream (with 35% fat)
200g dark chocolate (I used Callebaut callets with 54% cocoa)

Preheat oven to 150°C (or 140°C fan forced).

Place the water, butter and cocoa in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the butter has melted. Place flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl, add the cocoa mixture and whisk to combine. Add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla and whisk to combine.

Divide mixture between two 10 cm x 20 cm loaf tins lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 60 mins or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Allow to cool in the tins for 5 mins. Turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.

While the cake is baking, make the cream cheese frosting and chocolate ganache.

To make the chocolate cream cheese frosting, place cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 5 mins or until creamy. Add the icing sugar and cocoa and beat for a further 5 mins or until light and fluffy.

To make the chocolate ganache topping, place chocolate (callets or roughly chopped) and cream in a heat proof microwave safe bowl. Microwave mixture with medium power for a minute each time and stir to combine both in gredients. Repeat until mixture is well combined and glossy. Allow mixture cool a little before use.

To assemble, slice the top of both cakes until the surfaces are well-leveled. Please note that I have sliced off the top part of the cake pretty much which is about 1/4 to 1/3 of the entire cake. Place one cake bottom face up and apply a layer on ganache on top. Allow the ganache to set in the fridge for about 10-20 mins.

Place 4 strips of baking paper surrounding the edges of a plate or a serving board. Place the bottom later of the cake with ganache on the plate or board. Layer the cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting and sprinkle the finely crushed Tim Tam biscuits on top of the frosting. Sandwich the frosting with the top layer of cake and pour and spread the rest of the ganache on the top and the sides of the cake. Tip: If the ganache harden a little before this stage, warm the ganache a little using the microwave before pouring it. Allow the ganache to set in room temperature. Remove the strips of baking paper before serving.

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  1. made it so kid friendly Zoe, just can't wait to bake it with my little one..looks so chewy and deliciously chocolatyyyy...

  2. I have never heard of Tim Tam, but they sounds really good!!! The cake looks so luscious! Crunchy cookies and moist chocolate cake. I want some right now! Yum.

  3. This looks brilliant Zoe! I am drooling over this & its so yummy!

  4. I have to admit that I can't stop until I finish all packet of Tim Tams, so this cake would be deadly for me :D Good that they are not selling this size Tim Tams :D

  5. Oh, yum...goes straight to the 'Try' list!

  6. Hi Zoe
    "A" Tim Tam is my favourites! I never get enough of this....and oh...would love to have that big gigantic Tim Tam! That will definitely stop my craving!

  7. Sinfully delicious.. Gawd, I could chuck the whole thing in my tummy right now..
    Oh yes, I like Tim Tam too.. I can finish the whole packet in one go.. I think there's only about 8 sticks inside 1 packet :)

  8. I can feel myself growing fat just looking at your pics lol! I love Tim Tam and always look forward to receiving some from my friend whenever he goes to Australia.:) Those sold here are not as nice!

  9. Hi Zoe

    I love Tim Tam. When I was in Aussie, I ate lots there and tend to bring back lots from Coles even though it was not cheap.hahaha

  10. My favourite cookie when I was a teenager when I could almost polished the whole pack myself! Oh my how I wished I can have a slice of ur Tim tam cake now!!

  11. Tim Tam cake is so chocolaty and delicious. Kids friendly chocolate cake recipe. Love it.

  12. I will be trying this for sure. Thanks!

  13. Its just wow. Never heard about Tim Tam. But this looks delicious.

  14. This looks delicious, so tempting-wow! I would love you to join my recipe linky #tastytuesdays if you fancied it:

  15. Tim Tam ?! Count me in , Zoe , I ♥ this chocolate covered biscuits ! Have you heard of Tim Tam Slam ? I'm gonna try it sometime lol Re cake , it looks SINFUL ! The cream cheese , chocolate and Tim Tam's in there makes me drool .....

  16. Woah, that looks wonderful! Being a chocoholic myself this looks perfect!

  17. Aww.. I love Tim Tams and you've made it even more heavenly! ^.^

  18. oooh I have to book mark this my son loves chocolate cakes and tim tams and this would be a perfect cake to make on his birthday that comes next month.

  19. Hi Zoe , I am baking my kids some Tam Tam s , we love chocolate and these really looks gorgeous , thanks for sharing :)

  20. I cannot imagine biting into this cake! I will go berserk... In chef Robert Irvine's words, it's food ecstasy

  21. Zoe, I dun care is big tim tam or is a tim tam cake, I will definitely love it heeheehee... Tim Tam is one of my favourite, many yrs ago there was one version with nuts and raisins but didnt have it anymore in Spore, I super love that. During my maternity leaves at home for my 1st kid, I gulp down a lot of tim tam, really a lot, I can finished one pack at one time and I ate everyday hahahha... that made me so fat :P

  22. This cake look awesome, although I never had Tim Tam, I love the idea of having a crunchy layer in between this cake...YUM!
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a fabulous week :D

  23. Really new to me...Yummy it...great treat for choco lover like me

  24. This cake sounds amazing Zoe! We don't have Tim Tam bars in Canada but I also saw Raspberri Cupcakes' Tim Tam cake on her site too and it made me wish we had them here. Now looking at yours I really wish they sold them here too :) You did a wonderful job - it looks fantastic!

  25. Heaven of all chocoholics! I'm new to Tim Tam, but it looks amazing and I couldn't take my eyes of it, wish I can have a bite right now :)

  26. OMG, just look at all those chocs!! You're driving me crazy with Tim Tam!!

  27. Only I think is amazing!! look delicious!!

  28. OMG! I feel fat just by looking at your giant Tim Tam! Such a sinful indulgence!
    I love Tim Tam, especially the one coated with dark chocolate - as I love dark chocolate :P
    I shall try this Donna Hay chocolate cake, I heard a lot about it too
    Thks for linking this up to LTU cheese, Zoe :)

  29. Hi Zoe, I love Tim Tams too! And it definitely looks timtastic! Would love for my kids to have a go at making this cake.

  30. Zoe, your blog title...Bake for Happy Kids; how about a 'big kid' @ heart...well, that's me. This is a to 'die for' genius of a super yummy chocolate cake; just for chocolate lovers, like ME! xo

  31. Wow! Looks so decadent & heavenly! I've never heard of Tim Tam before but I would love this cake just for me ! LOL

  32. This is perfect. I want to eat giant tim tam cakes everyday :D
    Your cake is so wonderful!


  33. Mmmmm....u bet tis will be my gals n my fav cake.... love e absolutely chocolatey cake...i love tim tam too...but in sg they do not sell e tiramisu flavour...i used to get them fr australia...

  34. Zoe, these are really really good Tim Tam cake!!! Moist and rich with chocolate cake, I wish to grab a slice from you :)

  35. I've never been lucky enough to try Tim Tam. So I should bake this cake! Or rather have Mrs K R do it (she's a much better baker than I am). Fun recipe. Happy Australia Day!

  36. Hi Zoe! I am back and catching up with my blog visits. Oh, I remember Tim Tam. My aunt bought them for me when she went to Australia. It was a long time ago and I can't remember how they taste. But I am sure they were good, chocolate is always good!

  37. We don't have Tim Tams here (ok, I'm sure SOME store in NYC has them), but I have a feeling it would be something I would love. Yum!

  38. Tim Tams are my favourite! I could eat a packet all at once! The cake looks lovely!

  39. Hi Zoe!

    I don't know what happened to the comment I left here the other day. I just popped by to let you know I mentioned you in my latest post and look, I'm gone!

    I love your Tim Tam and I wished you a Happy Day. I must have made a boo boo, lol...Thanks for sharing, Zoe...Let's try this again

  40. HI Zoe,
    This cake would be gone in minutes in my house! haha!
    We love Tim Tam!
    I have never used a cake mix before and I do not think we have any of Donna Hay's either.
    Chocolate lovers would go ga-ga over this one!

  41. I love cakes thank you for sharing your post