Instead I baked him a light butter cake and threw in some chocolate chips. Frankly I was getting bored baking chocolate cakes all the time and I wanted to have a chance to do something else.
I covered the cake with chocolate frosting - that's the closest I could do to accede to his request for a chocolate cake!
Here it is!
What a mess!
The crocodiles, tree, birds and the butterflies were made of fondant with tylose added to it so that they would harden and not become sticky in this humid climate.
The 'mud', flowers and leaves were home-made marshmallow fondant. My grandsons had a whale of a time peeling off the leaves and flowers and popping them into their mouths.
I didn't allow them to eat those with tylose added as the fondant was bought and it doesn't have a nice taste.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATE!"