When it comes to family and friends birthdays, I have made over the years a fair few cakes ranging from simple Victoria sponges to Big Top Circus Tents but admittedly the more professional end of ones, all beautifully decorated scare me a little. I am a little impatient with cake, you see I like to bake it then eat it so icing nicely doesn't happen very often. However this year saw my dad's 65th Birthday and I decided to try and overcome my fears and with the help from the Cake recipe collection book from Sainsburys, I somehow managed to produce this triple chocolate birthday cake, complete with home made chocolate truffles:
One of the main things I had to ensure was the cakes stability - we were taking it to a restaurant about 45 minutes away as a surprise for my dad (including family traveling up as an extra surprise!) and so I couldn't do anything with loose layers or special features but I still wanted to produce something both tasting and looking great! I think this cake definitely fitted the bill! The truffles and cake were all secured to the board with extra chocolate buttercream and it fortunately arrived in perfect condition even with the help of local potholes and speed bumps!
Its a rich chocolate sponge cake, filled and coated with chocolate buttercream, then chocolate fondant all over and strips of green fondant, the original cake was pink strips for Mother's Day but I couldn't quite go with pink for dad! My dad is quite into geology so thought green was more apt and earthly! The truffles were also handmade and I decided for stability to fill the top circle with a little more buttercream, then topped with chocolate crispies. Oh and the green fondant stars are topped with chocolate coffee beans, just incase there wasn't enough chocolate in it!
Here is one of the fab truffles close up - I used Sainsbury's 'Taste the Difference' Swiss 72% Dark Chocolate to make them and it worked a treat. They were not too bitter considering the cocoa percentage and even the milk chocolate lovers enjoyed these! I bought the petit four cases years back one Christmas so it was good to finally do them justice!
So do you fancy making a chocolate masterpiece too? Or maybe a giant green dragon cake? How about some Fondant Fancies for afternoon tea? The book is great from beginners to confident bakers and its easy to follow step by step instructions helps to restore the frazzled nerves after your naughty rented oven decides to sink whatever you bake! Long live buttercream!
Thanks to Sainsbury's I have a spare copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader! It covers all the basic icings, cakes, how to prepare baking tins and even how to make simple but effective decorative figures and flowers!
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