I love going out to the movies. Truth be told, I don’t do it that often anymore, and that simple fact has made me even more fond of a good movie night. At the moment, I am very excited to see Jurassic World - which is coming out this weekend! I was so blown away by Jurassic Park twenty-two years ago. I am very excited to see the latest installment. Do you know how far technology has come in twenty two years!! Those dinos are going to look so real!
But going to the movies isn’t just about the sights – it’s about the tastes! Who doesn’t love a treat at the movies? I always have buttered popcorn and peanut M&M’s - it’s my husband’s favourite movie snack and he got me hooked. Then I wash it all down with root beer.
I started wondering how to cake the movie experience. How should I bring all my favourite movie treats together in one blockbuster cake. See what I did there? I used a movie term. Expect more of that in this blog post.
I decided on a root beer chocolate cake. I’m actually adapting my Guinness Chocolate Cake recipe by simply replacing the stout with root beer. I’ve soaked the cake in root beer simple syrup, filled it with vanilla buttercream and crushed M&M’s, and then topped the whole cake with all the delicious movie goodies I could imagine. Let’s get to it!
For the Root Beer Chocolate Cake
Root Beer Chocolate Cake Ingredients & Tools
2 cups root beer
2 cups unsalted butter
1 ½ cups dutch process cocoa powder
4 cups all purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 1/3 cups sour cream
3x 9” round pans lined with parchment paper
Small offset palette knife
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place your root beer and butter in a large saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the stove and add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream to blend. Add root beer chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add your dry ingredients and beat briefly on low speed. Using rubber spatula, give your batter a final stir. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool cakes completely.
For the Root Beer Simple Syrup
Root Beer Simple Syrup Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup root beer
While your cakes are baking, make your simple syrup. Just boil 1 cup of sugar with one cup of water, making sure that sugar is dissolved completely. When cool, stir in ½ cup of root beer.
For the Movie Night Cake Assembly
Movie Night Cake Ingredients & Tools
M&M's (or any chocolate button candy)
Vanilla buttercream (find my recipe here)
¼ cup red candy melts
Your favourite movie night goodies! I used:
Pull 'n Peel Twizzlers
Piping bag fitted with a #825 star tip
Let's roll out the red carpet! Time to get this cake all dressed up and ready for its premiere. Begin by bashing up your M&M’s a little. Place 1 cup at a time into a Ziploc bag. Seal the bag, and use your rolling pin to slightly crush the M&M’s.
Soak the first layer of cake with some root beer simple syrup. Place the layer of cake on to your platter. Pipe a shell border in concentric circles to completely cover you cake layer. Top with half of your crushed M&M’s. Repeat this process for the next layer.
Once you have soaked your third and final layer place it on top and spread a layer of buttercream almost to the edge. Pipe one ring of a shell border around the edge of the cake. This border will act as a little fence. Now pile the cake mile high with all of your favourite movie theatre snacks!
This cake was so much fun to make. You can make a different combination every time. The only question is….how on earth do you sneak this cake into the theatre. You might need to buy the cake a ticket. Date Night!