Cake Crazes

Jessica and Dominic have been working periodically on their own cake creations in the kitchen ever since they were toddlers. Recently though, the projects they are wanting to make are a lot more challenging and time consuming. Today we take a look at their latest cake creations, drip cakes. Have you seen this cake craze?

WHAT IS A DRIP CAKE?

A chocolate drip cake is a bit like a freak shake, they are definitely a bit over the top. The cake is not only iced, but piled high with decorations, such as chocolate or lollies. The icing on the top of these cakes is literally dripping down the sides. The aim is to make decadent looking and tasting cakes.

TIME TO START

We headed to Coles armed with a list, looking for all sorts of chocolate treats. The aim today was to find all the ingredients needed to make a very delicious chocolate drip cake.

THE PROCESS

It is a shame you can’t taste the results. Jessica and Dominic used a base of chocolate mud cake. This was then covered with caramel buttercream. On top and dripping over the edge of the cake was dark chocolate ganache. Next Coles Dark Chocolate was melted onto wax paper and sprinkled with coloured sprinkles. These are placed in the fridge until set, then broken into shards, which were arranged on the top of the cake with Darrel Lee Butterscotch balls and extra sprinkles and bits and pieces.
When the weekend comes and you don’t know what to do, sometimes it is nice to get into the kitchen and cook up a storm. Why not try making your own drip cake next weekend?

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Piping roses

piping butercream roses with kids
School holiday fun

Normally during school holidays the family and I go away at least part of the holiday break. However, this year, we were lucky enough to take a trip to Singapore for 9 days during term, so not more trips for us at the moment.
Anyway, I had a request for a buttercream birthday cake for a client. I don’t do a lot of buttercream orders, as the weather is generally too warm here in Melbourne, but during the winter months, it is fine. So after the cake was finished and pick up, I still had some extra buttercream. I was wondering what to do with it, when Dominic came up and asked if we could make something. Why not pipe some roses.

This was easy enough to set up as I have a whole lot of disposable piping bags. You can cut the end off the bag and insert a coupler ring. This is a round ring of plastic that allows you attach a Wiltons tip onto your disposable bag. This is great, because you can easy change what tip you are piping with, without starting a whole new bag.

Soon we had quite a lot of roses and they were looking pretty good. Time to make a cake and put them on. In the meantime, we placed the finish roses in the fridge. It makes them a lot easier to handle when you place them on the cake.

After we arranged the roses, we decided to add a few piped blackberries with the last bit of buttercream and we made some fondant leaves. The cake came so nicely. Time to take to cake to Mum’s place for dessert!