I often bake on Sundays, meaning my work friends and I usually survive Monday mornings fuelled by cake. A colleague who was aware of my fondness for baking asked me if I could design a cake for a birthday party he was attending. I was rather excited by this, so I thought I would share with you my creation.
The birthday boy is a music producer and so the finished piece has an underlying musical theme. However, I have never been fond of “novelty” cakes and so I tend to steer away from creating anything that would fall under this category.
For the top and sides of the cake, I made music notes out of chocolate and a chocolate sail with white and dark chocolate, gold sprinkles and caramel crunch pieces. I also topped the cake with strawberries dipped in chocolate (the birthday boy’s favourite), caramel poppets, salted caramel crisps, “golden eggs” and dripped salted caramel sauce over the cake. You can find out how to make salted caramel sauce in my other blog here.
Each layer of the triple layer cake had chocolate sponge, salted caramel sauce and vanilla bean buttercream. To make my chocolate sponge, I swear by this recipe from Good Housekeeping. It really is foolproof and tastes divine every time I make it, whether it’s for cakes, cupcakes or cake pops.
I was fairly happy with the result, although if I’m honest I may have got too carried away with my gold metallic dust and consequently made some of the decorations appear dull rather than the shiny dark chocolate they were originally made from. I’ll have to ration my gold stash next time!
Saying that, my colleague was ecstatic with the cake and it went down swimmingly at his party, so I would say a success overall for my first cake request!
Have any of you baked a birthday cake for a friend, family or work colleague? I’d love to hear about your wonderful creations, as well as the downright disasters!