A cake for a friend’s daughter’s 3rd birthday. Chocolate cake filled with with chocolate orange buttercream on the bottom tier and vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream on the top. The “head” was modelled from Rice Krispie Treats. Everything was covered in dark chocolate ganache. I am really becoming a big fan of using ganache as a crumb-coat/undercoat on my cakes. It took a bit of getting used to, but it gives a really good, smooth and firm surface to then cover with sugarpaste. The key is to make sure that the ganache is the right consistency – not too stiff so that it pulls the cake apart, but not so runny that it just slips down the cake. I use two layers of ganache – one to cover the cake and then a runnier one to fill in any slight flaws. The key to getting a smooth finish is to keep at it! Just go round and round again and again until the finish is a smooth as you can get it. There are many great tutorials on how to ganache a cake, so I’ll not go on about it any more. I’ll just finish by saying that it is much easier to put fondant on a cake that has been covered in ganache than one that has been covered in buttercream. It gives you much nicer edges.
A gluten-free chocolate cake for a 10th Wedding Anniversary. Filled and covered with dark chocolate ganache, then covered and decorated with sugarpaste. I actually used a pearl edible lustre spray to lift the colours a bit after this photo was taken.
A cake for Laura’s 18th Birthday. The bottom tier was chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream; the middle tier was vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream; and the top tier was lemon cake with lemon buttercream. All the tiers were covered with dark chocolate ganache and sugarpaste. I then stacked the cakes and splattered runny royal icing in three bright colours all over the cake (and the table, and the floor, and myself…). It was great fun to do! I then finished it off with some bright ribbons.
A Harry Potter themed cake. Chocolate cake, covered in dark chocolate ganache and sugarpaste. Modelling chocolate/sugarpaste decorations.
The cake was carved to look like a book, and I scored the edges and then dusted them with petal dust to make it look antique. I was quite please with how the cake board turned out – it was just covered with sugarpaste, scored to mimic the planks and then painted with brown food colouring mixed with vodka to make a paint.