So, today was my daughter's birthday party, and you know what that means - cakes! Now, if you have followed me for a while, you will probably recall that I seem to have a tendency to have birthday cake disasters. This time is no different! Though, I did manage to make them look alright in the end.
Now, my daughter chose cupcakes that looked like ice cream sundaes. I realised that the candle we had bought was too large for a cupcake, so had to make both cupcakes and a large cake. No big deal, right?
So, this is what happened:
First of all, I made the cupcakes. Just normal chocolate cupcakes, from a recipe that I've used several times. When I spooned the mix into the cases, I realised that they wouldn't rise high enough for what I needed, so in my infinite wisdom, I decided to add a marshmallow into the centre of each one.
The problem with this, as I quickly remembered after I'd put them in the oven, is that when you heat marshmallows, they expand and then deflate, creating a crater.
Ok, so that was a bit of a fail, but I soon remedied it by placing another marshmallow on top before icing.
To make these look like ice cream sundaes, I melted white chocolate buttons, and slowly poured a dollop over the top, smoothing it around to make it look like ice cream.
I think they turned out pretty cute, don't you?
Cuteness aside though, there may have been a tad too much chocolate, because they were a touch hard to bite through! Oh well, I know for next time!
As for the cake. I had high hopes for this. I had picked a silicone cake mould in the shape of a rose, because it had the right shape to make the top of the sundae. It also, however, had a lot of ridges in the pan, which apparently did not want to let go of said cake. This is what it looked like:
I know what you're thinking - delicious! Right? Lol
As you can probably tell, it's a red velvet cake, so instead of white chocolate, I made a cream cheese icing - just because it would be wrong not to.
For anyone who hasn't made this before, you use around 1/4C cream cheese, 1/4C softened butter and around 1C icing sugar - I also like to add some lemon essence or lemon zest.
I had forgotten to buy another piping bag, so I did the old trick of cutting a corner out of a bag and using that. I got about 3/4 of the way through before the nozzle came squeezing out and I had to rejig my bag to a different corner. By this stage I had quite a lot of icing on my hands.
Once I managed to get that finished, I again melted some dark chocolate and poured on top - take my advice, don't do it as thick as I did - not the easiest to cut!
Before the chocolate sets, add sprinkles and M&M's or whatever you are using to decorate. I also took this moment to stick the candle in - also probably not my best idea as it became stuck in the chocolate. I know, I'm such a pro!
Anyways, I think it turned out alright in the end:
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and Happy Cooking!