A quick tutorial on how to put together a 1/4 sheet chocolate cake (2 layers with hazelnut whipped cream filling), iced with stabilized whipped cream, decorated with sweetened coconut, icing, and Christmas themed picks.
Stacking a tier cake can always be a challenge for the novice baker. Everyone has their preferred way of doing it. I like using fat boba straws or bubble tea straws. Use what you feel comfortable with. This techniques works great with two and three tier cakes. If you are planning to do anything larger four or more layers, this requires even more support so this may not be the technique to use.
This is a beautiful cake with a number of thin layers of cake and thin layers of filling. Don’t be tempted to overfill. Fondant is used to cover the cake and black fondant is used to simulate zebra stripes. Add as many strips as you wish, some thin, some thicker. Make it your own. This cake is decorated with a few extra fondant items for a client. There is no right or wrong way here.
Many people like purchasing/making cakes covered with fondant ( sometimes called rolled fondant or plastic icing or sugarpaste or Ready to Roll ( RTL) depending upon the country you are in. And you can even make your own – there are many marshmallow fondant recipes out there.)
You first start out by preparing your cake. The cake gets crumb iced. Remember, the way the cake looks with the crumb ice is close to the way it will appear once coated with fondant. This means dips and bumps, frosting lines may all appear in the finished product. Take you time and do the base right, it will payoff in the end.
Chocolate Strawberry Cake is built using five different recipes. Sure it may sound complicated, but you do it all the time without thinking about it. Just think when you make a cake you are using at least two different recipes. Here there are five different recipe to deal with. No problems since this is a piece of cake. Hahaha!
- The Chocolate Cake (The Best Secret Chocolate Cake Recipe)
- Strawberry flavored (video is at Swiss Meringue Buttercream) this has the addition of strawberry jam so check out the recipe below
- Simple syrup (video at Simple Syrup) [quantities are different so I included the recipe and quantities here]
- Strawberry flavored whipped cream (video is at Flavored Whipped Cream with modifications, here again I have included a recipe and quantities for this cake
- Strawberry Flavored Gelatin Topping – see recipe below.
All of these recipe can be made ahead of time so when the assembly time comes it is only a matter of minutes. And it does not take all day.