I am going to test this cake out this afternoon for my daughters bday next week. She'll be 2, so I've bought a big rectangle cake tin and plan to cut the shape of a 2 out of it. I have printed a big 2 out so thought I could "pin" it to the cake with toothpicks. I'm going to make a white chocolate mud.
I'll make buttercream for the frosting, and I have bought milk chocolate for the puddles, but I'm not sure whether I should make a ganache or just use the plain chocolate.
I'm also thinking of using the same cake tin to make a rectangle cake and will make a cake to sit underneath the 2, just to make sure there's plenty of cake.
I'm looking for some tips - whether my ideas are on track or whether anyone has any tips or alternate suggestions.
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14-02-2015 12:49 #1
Please help me make this cake!
14-02-2015 12:58 #2
Oh and also, can buttercream be left out overnight?
14-02-2015 13:04 #3
If it's a large rectangle cake tin and you want to cook a mud cake - will have to do it carefully/slowly and perhaps in a water bath (but that may not work if it's a large tin already), otherwise the outside could be dry and inside bit not cooked. Alternatively, you could buy a number mould kit and wouldn't have to worry about that sized cake cooking evenly.
Love the idea - simple yet effective.
If using chocolate for the puddles...depends on temperature or it will melt and not be a 'puddle' anymore. Could just using icing and slap it on just before party.
I would decorate it that morning as it wouldn't take that long and that way you wouldn't have to worry about it being out overnight and the cockroaches having a little fiesta.
14-02-2015 13:05 #4
yum. now i really want cake.
14-02-2015 13:48 #5Senior Member
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I would definitely do a butter cake rather than mud. As PP said, mud cake will be tricky for such a big cake.
I would do a nice thick ganache for the puddles; plain chocolate would be really hard to cut through.
I would also ice it that morning, it won't take long at all!
14-02-2015 17:50 #6
Thanks ladies, I ended up making a buttercake. And I will also ice it on the morning that I need it.
Just waiting for it to cool to cut it, unfortunately I always have a well stocked freezer so can't freeze it before cutting. Would putting it in the fridge help?
14-02-2015 20:23 #7
If you're really concerned about it being crumbly while decorating you could do a crumb coat. In regards to the puddles, I'd go ganache or even nutella.
14-02-2015 21:03 #8
Ok so here are some progress shots and the final product (minus cake board, flake decorations and Peppa and family figurines). I want the green to be a bit darker when I do the real one. I used melted choc on this one as bub was in bed so I couldn't use the beaters but will use either ganache or nutella on the real cake.
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You words of advice have been invaluable - thanks so much!
14-02-2015 22:56 #9
It looks perfect! Well done
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