Dark Matter Cake with Stardust Frosting
Submitted by Aquilla Elfindale

Dark Matter Cake with Stardust Frosting Photo by Sian

Dark Matter Cake with Stardust Frosting
Photo by Sian

I finally got a chance to cook with Oleg. It was Yajaira’s birthday giving us the perfect opportunity to celebrate with a cake. I knew it was the perfect choice when I read Aquilla’s description of her recipe.

This is a heavy dark chocolate cake with a light, almost ice-cream textured frosting.

Dark Matter Ingredients  Photo by Sian

Dark Matter Ingredients
Photo by Sian

Ingredients: Dark Matter Cake (serving size – 24 cupcakes)

  • 3 cups hazelnut coffee
  • 4 cups flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ ttsp salt
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups Mayo
Stardust Frosting Ingredients  Photo by Sian

Stardust Frosting Ingredients
Photo by Sian

Ingredients: Stardust Frosting

  • 1/3 cup coconut butter
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar

Oleg is known in the hab as the bread guy. He makes some amazing breads and Russian dishes so I was really excited to get baking with him. We had a great time. Both of us enjoy flavored coffee but this recipe threw us for a loop when it called for 1 ½ cups mayonnaise. But in the end, both we and the crew loved it!

Directions:

  1. 3 cup hazelnut coffee lightly squeeze grounds to get most of the liquid and flavor out
  2. Mix in bowl flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda and salt
  3. Mix in hazelnut coffee
  4. Add vanilla extract and Mayo and mix until smooth
  5. Grease cupcake pan or cake pan with mayo or shortening
  6. Bake at 350 for 30min or until skewer come out clean.

Stardust Frosting:

  1. Whip coconut butter, oil, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla add until incorporated then whip in confectioners’ sugar
  2. Top cake icing then powder lightly with coco powder or dehydrated fruits.

Yajaira loved her birthday party and the cake. It was great being able to use a recipe contest submission to celebrate her big day.

Yajaira's B-day Celebration Photo by Sian

Yajaira’s B-day Celebration
Photo by Sian