It was a huge hit at the party. I literally got to see the kid in everyone. I had to fight off the adults who were trying to pick out some candy before the cake was cut. And once we set it down on the table to cut, we had a tough time getting the children to wait for the cake to be cut.
Besides that I made a heart shaped (unfrosted) Mawa cake that I absolutely love, that I baked for my father in law. It is more of a tea cake, but is scrumptious and I figured it would be nice contrast to the richness of the Devil’s Food Cake. More on that later.
Devil’s Food Cake
Recipe by: David Lebovitz
9 tbsp cocoa powder
1½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
4 ounces butter, at room temperature
1½ cups granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
½ cup strong coffee
½ cup whole milk
10 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ cup cream
¾ cup butter
Here are some paper flowers that I made for Candy. I’m really pleased with the way they turned out.
I’m submitting this Candy Lovers Cake to the following event –
It is a heart shaped cake with a basket weave pipping to resemble the basket, dotted with gumpaste daisies and royal icing pipped leaves, finished off with a bow made out of curling ribbon.
Everything was made from scratch. The base was a rich, dark fruit cake, covered with a layer of homemade marzipan and homemade fondant. The flowers were made of fondant.
I was free to use any colors I wanted. So for the first cake, I opted for some bright spring – summer colors.
Here’s a view of the side of the cake –
For the second cake, I went with pink. One can never go wrong with pink.
Here’s what the sides looked like –
Today, let talk about my absolute favorite chocolate cake in the whole wide world. Yes, I’m that sure that no other can beat it. I’m sure you’re thinking, how can she be so sure? Well here’s how. Every time I bake this cake, and I do bake it often (a few instances are here, here and the one in this post), its gets wiped off. I’ve learnt my lesson after the first few times. I’m glad you asked. The lesson is Click a picture of the cake as soon as its ready, coz once its cut, it’ll be over before you can capture it on camera. Also, its a Nigella Lawson recipe, I mean, come on, need I say more. Those of you following this blog know what a big Nigella fan I am. I have watched the episodes of her cooking shows multiple times and still don’t mind watching them all over again.
The first round was already done with by the time I got to know about this event. For the second round, I’m going to share this cake that was recently baked for an order I had.
You can find the recipe for this cake here. I stuck to the original recipe. Why mess with something so perfect? This recipe is really simple and comes together quickly. Try it out and I’m sure you’ll love it too. Oh and I must say that this recipe works well for cupcakes as well. Somehow, I think they’re better with a big dollop of chocolate icing on the top. :o)
I love the rustic look of the cake, nothing fancy schmancy. But once you bite into it, its heavenly. I think I’m going to call this cake “The most Heavenly Chocolate Cake ever“.
For those of you who’d like to participate in this event, the deadline is 20th Feb. You still have a couple of days to work on your submission. Hop over to Maison Cupcake for more details. Hope to see you there!
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Sweets for a Saturday
Last weekend I had to throw together some goodies for a birthday party thrown for 2 of my favourite nieces. It was a costume party and my elder niece decided that she wanted to dress as a mermaid while the younger one wanted to be a little dalmatian puppy. I obviously couldn’t take them a tea cake and had to look at doing something a little more fancy. My next challenge was to figure out how to put a mermaid and a little puppy on the same cake. Since I couldn’t figure out how to merge both characters on one cake, I simply decided to bake them a cake each. Here’s a peek at what they looked like. These were unfortunately taken using my mobile phone as my camera battery had died out. But their dad managed to get some good shots. Will update those as soon as I get them.
Both were chocolate cakes made using Nigella’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake recipe and were covered in fondant. All the little characters were also made of fondant. So here you go. These are my very first fondant covered cakes with little characters all made from scratch. Both designs were inspired from images seen on the web.
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Treat to the Eyes – Series 2