Monday, 14 July 2014

Sixty Amazing Years.

It has been a massive week in baking for me!

On Saturday, my family and I celebrated my Nan and Pop's 60th Wedding Anniversary. We hosted an afternoon tea at our place, which meant I got to bake...a lot!

After looking at various caterers, I put my hand up to make their cake. I wanted to make something super special for these two amazing people, and it gave me an excuse to try out some new techniques and ideas!

I decided on a three-tiered cake, and after much planning and research, I had the perfect cake in mind!

So...the baking began!

Two days prior to the party, I dedicated a whole day to baking the three cakes. One oven + three cakes = a whole lot of waiting around! I made a dark chocolate mud cake for the bottom layer, a vanilla cake for the middle and a lemon cake as the top tier.

I chose to place the mud cake on the bottom of the stack to ensure that the rest of the cake was supported. Mud cake is ultra dense, resulting in a strong base which won't crumble under any pressure.

The next day, I made the fillings and assembled the cake.

© For the mud cake, raspberry jam and white chocolate ganache were the chosen fillings.
© For the vanilla cake, I whipped up some mocha frosting and dark chocolate ganache.

© Finally, the lemon cake was filled with lemon curd and white chocolate ganache.

I chose these as they didn't require refrigeration, as there was definitely going to be no room for a cake the size of this one!

After assembling the cake, I crumb coated it. Crumb coating is basically a thin, rough coating of frosting. This ensures that the crumbs don't come through and make the outer layer of icing look messy.

I then did some rosette piping around the bottom and top layer, leaving the middle tier plain. This gave some definition to the cake, rather than having it look like a big, clumpy pile of roses.

To finish the cake off, I sprayed it with Wilton Pearl Colour Mist. This gave the cake a really special, glamorous look!

Overall, I was super happy with how the cake turned out. My Nan and Pop loved it, and it made the day extra special!

Keep an eye out for some other delicious sweet treats I made for the day in the coming weeks!

Until next time, happy baking.


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