Shellagirl did you find the recipe? How did you get the icing so smooth? Do you think it is realistic (and easy) for a non-creative baker like myself to come up with this:
Hi Carly. I tried out a heap of mud cake recipes till I found one I liked. Try googling cake recipes and try them out to see what works. The pic you posted looks like a fairly straightforward cake. The trick with the icing was to put a layer of ganash (which is cream and melted chocolate) under the plastic icing. I used bakels brand plastic icing, and all you do is kneed it till its fairly soft and plyable, roll it out about a cm thick, cut a square or circle big enough so it will cover the sides, lift it onto the cake. I used the palm of my hand to smooth the icing, top first, then sides. Once I was happy, i used a blob of the plastic icing to buff the icing.
Oh and when you roll out the icing use pure icing sugar to stop it sticking. Dont use icing sugar mix because that has cornflour in it and that it can wreck the icing.
Hope that helps and good luck