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    Monday
    Mar142011

    The Silver Seventy

    "Can you make a quick cake for a 70th, don't mind what you do, as long as you have 70 on it somewhere"
    Hmmmm....
    Sometimes having all creative control can definitely do your head in! What to do for a 70 year old man you don't know terribly well?

    Well, the first thing is,obviously, to bake the cake.
    The trick to a perfect flat and evenly baked cake is a little thing called "baking strips'.
    You can buy these in the shop, but it's just as easy to make them.
    Take a long strip of al-foil, and place a long folded strip of paper towel down the centre.
    Wet the paper towel, then fold over the al-foil, containing the wet paper.
    Wrap this around the cake tin, securing the ends with bull clips. Cook as normal.

     

    When the cake is ready, remove from oven and cool in the cake tin, covered with a wet cloth.
    I then wrap in cling wrap and leave in the fridge overnight.
    The next step is to carefully slice the cake in three, and brush each slice with a sugar syrup.

     

     Now comes the chocolate!!
    Smooth a little ganache on each layer, stacking as you go. Then smooth the outside edge, and finally the top. Sound easy doesn't it.... I can honestly say that it is the most frustrating stage of the whole process. This is where you need all the time you can spare. No kids running around, or commitments to get to..
    Set this overnight if possible, and, using a hot knife, trim any excess ganache that may be on top or sides of the cake. Brush with a little water, and cover with the rolled fondant.
    Smooth down a little and pop any air bubbles you may find.

    There you have it!!

    One amazing cake that tastes as good as it looks!!
    Now what to do.....I decided you can't go wrong with some birthday numbers and stars!! And sure enough it's a hit!!
    So another happy customer, and I can breathe a sigh of relief.

    All Photos © Michael Tristram Photography    www.mbtphotography.net

     

     

     

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