A rich, fudge-like filled yogurt cake decorated with whimsical Pocky sticks can be easily devoured. Perhaps too easily, take caution.
By Amanda Koh
This decadent cake is made up of three delicious parts.
Decoration: Pocky sticks of strawberry and chocolate in their respective shades of bright pink and dark brown to be arranged side by side around the borders of a freshly frosted cake. Focus of the cake.
Cake: A mixed berries yoghurt cake. Fluffy, fruity, pocky-cake-worthy. This echoes the strawberry pocky.
Filling: Chocolate cake that has been reduced to crumbs, mixed with a generous amount condensed milk and a spoonful or two of milk. Tastes like fudge but with texture; a great way to use up leftover cake apart from making cake balls. I confess that I made cut-out chocolate cake hearts to be baked with the yoghurt cake batter but I totally forgot about their existence. Baking when I’m barely awake always results in a mishap or two – yet I never learn.
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup mixed berries yoghurt (feel free to use plain though)
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups sifted cake flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup butter
- leftover chocolate cake, crumbed
- condensed milk
- ¾ stick butter
- ¾ cup icing sugar
- pinch of salt
- 4 boxes of pocky
- Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare three 5 inch round cake pans.
- Combine the eggs, ¼ of the yoghurt and vanilla.
- Place the dry ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer and mix on low speed until combined. Add the butter and remaining buttermilk and continue to mix until everything is moistened. Increase to medium speed and beat for 1½ minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and gradually add the egg mixture in three batches, beating for 20 minutes after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl once more.
- Divide cake batter evenly amongst cake pans and bake for around 30 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool cakes completely.
- Mix the chocolate cake crumbs and enough condensed milk to form a paste. Add a splash of milk to loosen if too stiff.
- Beat the butter until smooth. Add the icing sugar and salt and beat until light and fluffy.
- Trim the tops of the cakes if necessary to make them flat. Take the first layer of cake, spread half the filling on top, place the second layer on top of the filling, spread the remaining filling on top and finish with the last layer of cake.
- Frost the outsides of the cake with the frosting. It will just be a thin layer but that's sufficient for getting the pocky to stick to the sides. Arrange the pocky sticks around the sides of the cake. Refrigerate cake until frosting has firmed up before serving.