Ingredients

How to make it

  • For The Cake:
  • Melt margarine or butter. Transfer melted butter to a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Combine well.
  • With a hand-held mixer, beat the eggs into the butter mixture one at a time. Do not overbeat.
  • Add 1/2 tsp. vinegar to 1 tsp. baking soda. Let it fizz for a second. Add the baking soda to the egg mixture. Stir in flour gradually. Mix until smooth.
  • Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Stir in 3 tsp. cocoa powder into 1 part of the dough. Transfer dough to 2 greased round baking pans (pie pans).
  • Bake in preheated 325F oven for about 30 minutes, or until the wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove pans to a rack and let cool for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the cakes and invert onto a cutting board. Let the cakes cool completely. When cooled, cut each cake in half lengthwise down the middle (refer to pictures). You will have 4 layers of cake now, 2 white and 2 chocolate. Meanwhile, make the custard.
  • For The Bird's Milk Custard Cream:
  • Heat up 2 cups of milk in a medium saucepan until almost boiling. Reduce the heat a little and whisk in gradually 4 heaping tbsp. of Farina. Keep whisking and stirring until smooth, bring to a light boil. Cook and stir fo a bout 1 minute. Stir in the sugar. Cook for another minute, or until sugar is melted. Remove from heat, cover with a lid and let sit until thickened and completely cooled off.
  • Add the zest and juice of 2 lemons to the cooled Farina. Beat the butter in a large bowl until creamed. Stir in the lemon-farina mixture. Beat until smooth. Place the Bird's Milk Cream in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  • To assemble the cake, place a white layer on a large plate or cake holder cut side up. Spread with Bird's Milk Cream. Top with a chocolate layer, spread with cream again. Finish layering the rest of the cake and cream this way, finishing with the cream on top.
  • For The Chocolate Glaze:
  • Whisk together 2 tbsp. sour cream, cocoa powder and sugar. Heat this mixture in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir for a few minutes until sugar is melted and the mixture is lightly thickened. Stir in 1 tbsp. butter and cook another minute. Cool the glaze slightly. Spread chocolate glaze on top of cake. Reserve a little for the sides. Spread the sides with a little glaze. Pat some shredded coconut on the sides of the cake, and sprinkle some on top.
  • Let the cake sit in a fridge for about 1 hour before serving.
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  • RecipeTrier 12 months ago
    This looks wonderful and I want to make it, but I don't see any pictures except the main one. Were they removed? I looked on different computers. In your instructions it says "refer to pictures" and in the comments people said how lovely the pictures are! I think it would help me a lot in the baking process. Thank you! Can't wait to try it!
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    grumpymomma ate it and said...
    Great post.
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    cake_lover ate it and said...
    Oh this recipe was the best one I ever tryed im half russian and half armenian so I always look up this cake on the web and i problably made 20 of this cakes in different toppings this one is the best i ever tryed even better then the ones in the bakerys and my friends and husbands love it u get my 5!
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    brianna ate it and said...
    This is an incredible cake recipe. I have to go check to see if I have everything to make it right away cause I can't wait to try it. 5 forks just isn't enough to rate it. Flagged beautiful & unique.
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    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    This is amazing. What a lovely find! Stunning pictures and stunning recipe. Wow!
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    trigger ate it and said...
    OMG Julia this this over the top decadent saving this one so pretty too.
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    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    could I just get me a peice of this cake right off this page wowFantastic great post Juels love it, thanks high5
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    midgelet ate it and said...
    beutiful recipe and phot- high 5

    Midge
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  • chichimonkeyface 5 years ago
    wow-high 5!
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    Ohhh, Julia hon...this looks and sounds ... *swoon*.... so delicious. I love your pictures and that Bird's milk custard has me blissed out with a big ol' goofy grin on my face. I have to make and serve this soon. I know it's gonna knock all our socks off. Thanks for sharing - you get my forks, flags and admiration. :)
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    misslizzi ate it and said...
    Gorgeous & Unique!
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    ambus ate it and said...
    Fantabulous cake!Thanks for sharing it with us!Flagged as beautiful!
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    annieamie ate it and said...
    Juels? Do you travel? And if you do, could you come to my house with this cake? This is an incredible recipe and so unique! You've outdone yourself this time. The recipe is fabulous!!!
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  • krumkake 5 years ago
    Another "something different" from you! Love the filling - it really has my curiosity up, trying to "taste" how the farina works with it. This one is just begging to be made. Your pictures capture it perfectly - are you SURE you don't have a professional photography background?!!???
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    tcvillegas ate it and said...
    WONDERFUL!!! WONDERFUL!!! WONDERFUL!!! All my favorite flavors in one luscious cake !!!
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    lori4flavor ate it and said...
    This sounds heavenly, Juels! And looks even better! The filling is quite unique, and I am always looking for new ways to use farina (same as cream of wheat, right?). I will need to think of a way to make this without cocoa though...as I don't eat chocolate..any suggestions?

    I too, love the cake's title :) Outstanding recipe and pics! Unique and beauty flags for you my friend! :) ^5
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    gagagrits ate it and said...
    To dye for, Jules you have done it again, 6 eggs chocolate, lemon, and top it off with coconut. Your pictures are beautiful. My eyes are just eating this one up....:)
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    wynnebaer ate it and said...
    Fantastic..:)
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    " It was excellent "
    dollhead ate it and said...
    Yeah-I love the recipe name....and recipe sounds divine. Thanks so much for the post!
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    goblue434 ate it and said...
    This Cake Looks So Delicious. It Is One Of Those 'Gotta Make' Recipes. It Will Be Well Recieved At the Next Church Potluck.
    Thnx For Sharing Juels.
    Steff.
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