Last minute birthday cake
Mommy at rescue, last minute birthday cake! Well, yessssss my Daughter just turned 2 <3 and we had a bit of a situation, and either we had to get a generic cake from the grocery store or not cut the cake on her actual birthday. And I was not okay with both of those options. It seemed like everyone was booked till July. So, I decided to make her the best birthday cake I could at the very last minute. I knew it’s way more special if I make it, but I still didn’t wanna mess up her birthday cake either. Anyhow, this is what I ended up making, and she seemed to really like it, luckily. I have already shared my chocolate cake recipe, which is her favorite, so I decided to go with it, obviously!
Chocolate cake recipe Click it for that recipe.
Prepare the cake batter. All the details are here, 0http://zunairasulman.com/basic-easy-chocolate-cake/
If you have a silicone mold great, if not use any cake tin or any oven-safe cookware and place a parchment paper and butter it. I just got a little carried away because I didn’t wanna mess it up(lol). A thin layer works fine.
Pour the batter in the tin, and make it as even as possible. Plus tap the tin and swirl it a bit so it gets even and all the air bubbles get out of the batter.
Step # 4
Slide it in the oven and let it bake. To check if the cake is fully baked poke a skewer in the cake and if it comes are clean the cake is fully baked, if it still has some batter on it, wait for few more minutes.
Once the cake is ready, set it on a cooling rack.
Step # 6
I wanted a little bit of dome on the cake. So I cut a very small layer off the cake to make it a little even. Totally depends of preference.
Step # 6
After that I made a chocolate ganache and spread it all over the cake. All you need is milk chocolate, whip cream milk (heavy cream), a small potion of butter and a pinch of salt. Pour hot cream milk on milk chocolate. And let it sit, once the chocolate gets semi-melted mix it, add butter and a pinch of salt to the mix and your ganache is ready. After that use any fondant of your choice (vegan,vegetarian,halal,cornstarch based,without marshmallows, any kind), measure the cake width and height, roll out the fondant and then put it on top of the cake. I am not a professional I don’t have those surface smoothing tools or anything like that. Do the best you can, with whatever you have and it’s all good.
Step # 7
I was going for a very simple and vintage look, her birthday dress was also very vintage and beautiful. I bought organic flowers, in light pinks and lilac. Even though they were organic, I washed them well and let them dry. After that I used a tape and a straw and sealed the stem of the flower, because I didn’t want any water from the stem to get into the fondant, even though I was not going to put the flowers in the cake directly. You totally can if you want, after sealing the stem, it just did not feel right to me. So I placed it on the tray but it looked like, it was part of the cake. It almost is like making a floral arrangement in the fondant. Use the left over fondant to do this step. Knead the fondant again.
Step # 8
Then I put the edible silver pearls around the cake. It not only looked very vintage but also hid the imperfect edges of the fondant, because obviously I’m not a professional(lol). And place silver candles, to pull everything together.
I couldn’t take perfect pictures, since it was so last minute. But I still think it’s enough to get an idea how I did it.
I’m so happy, she totally loved her birthday cake.
I hope you find this post helpful.