Kiki's Chocolate Cake (Kiki Delivery Service | 魔女の宅急便) - Ghibli Food Inspired 🎀
Kiki Delivery Service | 魔女の宅急便 (1989): A story about a young witch named Kiki, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service. It is a 1989 Japanese animated film written, produced, and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, adapted from the 1985 novel by Eiko Kadono. According to Miyazaki, the movie portrays the gulf between independence and reliance in teenage Japanese girls.
"Father, mother, how are you? Jiji and I are both very well. My work is on the right track and I am confident. It's been hard sometimes, but I love this town" - Kiki
Kiki's Chocolate Cake from Madame: Madame is a kind and gentle old woman of whom Kiki first meets when she phones for her to deliver a herring pie to her granddaughter's birthday party. Due to her electric oven breaking, she is unable to make the pie an offers to pay Kiki for her time. Instead, Kiki helps her make it using a wood-fire oven and does some odd chores around the house before delivering the pie in the rain. However, Madame's granddaughter expresses no gratitude for the pie, which upsets Kiki. Later, she shows her thanks by making a cake for Kiki and offering to make her another one for her birthday. Her kindness brings Kiki to tears and she promises to return the favor.
"Would you please bring this to a young delivery girl? She was kind to me and a very big help. It's my way of saying thank you." - Madame
CHOCOLATE CAKE INGREDIENTS:
1 cup sifted cake flour/all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated brown sugar
30g cocoa powder
3g baking soda
3g baking powder
1/2 TSP salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup boiled water
Round baking pan (6" / 15cm)
CHOCOLATE FROSTING INGREDIENTS:
3 TBS melted butter
20g cocoa powder
180g icing sugar
2 - 3 TBS milk
CHOCOLATE TOPPINGS INGREDIENTS:
1 cup white chocolate
Green food coloring
Red food coloring
Printed out drawing paper (as per image in the anime)
Firstly, heat up oven at 180°C. In a mixing bowl, add in the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt). Mix until combined.
2. Then add in the wet ingredients (egg, milk and vegetable oil). Mix until incorporated.
3. Pour boil water and mix until the batter is smooth.
4. Transfer the batter into a round baking pan. I'm using 6 inch (15cm) round baking pan. Tap the baking pan twice to remove any large air pockets that may cause a 'holey' (uneven texture in your finished cake). Bake in the preheated oven for 40 - 45 minutes.
5. Once the cake is done, use a toothpick to check if it is fully baked. Simply insert a wooden toothpick near the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, congratulations! The cake is fully bake. Let it cool down.
6. While the cake is cooling down, let's make the chocolate toppings. Bring water to boil in a pot. Remove from the heat once it reached boiling point. Then place the white chocolate in a mixing bowl and set over a double boiler with simmering water so the chocolate melts gently. This method is called double boiler. Stir occasionally until the chocolate melted. Take 1 TSP of the melted white chocolate and mix it separately with green and red food coloring.
7. Place a parchment paper on top of the printed drawing then pipe the melted chocolate on the parchment paper. Use a toothpick to adjust the shape. Set aside to be use later.
8. Now, let's make the frosting. In a mixing bowl, add in melted butter with cocoa powder. Mix until combined. Then, alternate adding icing sugar and milk until you reached your desired consistency.
9. Cut the cake into 2 sections. Then remove the top part.
10. Spread the chocolate frosting on the first layer of the cake. Then place the second layer of the cake on top of the first layer. Spread the frosting on the top layer and on the side of the cake. Then, place the chocolate toppings on top. That's it! Very easy and simple, yes?
This is the cutest cake I've ever made! So yummy, sweet, moist and the best part about this cake is, it doesn't have to be perfect!