Chess board cake

The next cake I want to show you is a nice birthday cake with a chess board on the inside.
Let’s start with the inside!
As usual start with the white dough and divide it into two parts.
Dye it as you like – the classic is one white and one brown but I like my new gel food colours so much so I dyed one part light blue and one red.

Grease and flour your cake pan and put the dough in it and put it into your oven for about 20min at 180°C!
(again use a stick to see if it’r ready after 20min!)

Whilst the cakes are in the oven you can make the creamcheese icing.

After 20min take the cakes out of the oven and they should look like that:

Slice the cakes into layers.

Now you have four layers, two blue and two red layers.
Next step is to cut out the circles you need for the chess board pattern. If you have round cookie cutters you can use a big and a small one. I just had a small round cookie cutter so for the bigger circle I used a little plastic bowl.
Cut out 3 rings out of each layer like this:

 

Now you put the cake together:

 

Take your cake board and place the first large red ring on it, then take one middle blue ring and put it into the red ring and last step is to put the small red disc in the hole in the middle of the first layer. Cover it with jam or cream.

Next step is the opposite, so take one large blue ring and put it on the cake, then one middle red ring inside and one little blue disc in the center. Cover it with jam or cream.

Then you go on with the second large red ring, middle blue and small red disc. And as you might know by now cover it with jam or cream, grab the last large blue ring, middle red ring and small blue disc.

Now the cake has reached his end. Cover the whole cake with jam or cream as always and let it dry for 5-10min for the fondant cover.

 

Cover it with fondant and do some decoration as the finishing touch.

 This is what the cake looked like on the outside without the finished touch and the bow.

 And this is how it looked on the inside:

Done! There you go a stack of Chessboard cake!

Have fun to create your own Chessboard Cake and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

 

Football theme cake

My next cake was for a small football party for the Champions League Final FC Bayern vs. Borussia Dortmund.

I decided for FC Bayern so I needed a blue-red-white cake this time and this time I used gel food colour and you will see the different between that red and blue and the first cake with the liquid food colour!

Let’s start with the white dough and divide it into two parts.
Take your food colour and take just a little bit of the colour and stir it into the white dough.
Look at those colours!!! Now that is really red and blue!!! 🙂

Grease and flour your cake pan and put the dough in it and put it into your oven for about 20min at 180°C! 
(again use a stick to see if it’r ready after 20min!)
Whilst the cakes are in the oven you can make the creamcheese icing.
 After 20min take the cakes out of the oven and they should look like that:
 and then slice the cakes into layers like that:
Isn’t it cool? for my cake I made a third one for the white layer. I used just the half of the dough to get two layers of the white cake.

so if you have all your 6 slices you can start to put the cake together.

 cover the cake with jam or cream as always and let it dry for 5-10min for the fondant cover.

Now it’s time for the final touch to get a football cake:

Take a little bit (about 50g or a hand full) of green fondant and roll it out to 3-4mm hight put your cakepan on it and cut out the circle of it so you can cover the top of your cake. (as I didn’t know that I will create a blog back then I forgot to take pictures of that. I’m sorry! but I hope it is clear what I mean and you will see it in the picture of the finised cake!)
Put that green fondant disc on a baking paper and try not to destroy the round shape! (mine looked like an egg when I sat it on the paper but it doesn’t matter if it does look like that you can bring it to the right shape again when you put it on to your cake, don’t worry!)
Take your green football flield and put a little bit of water on the downside of it so it will stick on the cake and doesn’t fall off. Put the water in the middle of it so you can correct the shape of the disc when placed on the cake and if your field is in the right position and shape on the cake lift the outer rim of it slightly and sweep it with a little bit of water so that the outer rim of it will stick on the cake as well.
After the football field is placed on the top of your cake you have to do the final step! The outlines of the field. 
Take your icing bag or ready-to-use icing in a tube and draw the lines with white sugar icing and write what you want to say. I just wrote the two teams of that evening in the middle of the football field.
Tata!! And this is what it looked like, my first theme cake – a football cake!

and this is how it looked on the inside! 
…and I got it right! FCB won the game! 🙂

Have fun to create your own football cake and if you have any questions don’t hesitated to ask!

A funny colourful layer cake

The second cake was a gift for a dear friend who is very funny and enjoys life so it had to be a colourful cake and I decided to take the parts I had to cut away from the USA cake. So I recycled some parts but you can do any colour you want! 😉 no limits!
So that means that I had some parts of the cake already and I decided that I need some green in that cake so I dyed a whole part of dough green. (again as it was the same day as my first cake I used liquid food colour and I just got light mint green instead of a bright gras green :/)
Please use gel food colour to get better colours of your cakes!
Grease and flour your cake pan and put the dough in it and put it into your oven for about 20min at 180°C! 
(again use a stick to see if it’r ready after 20min!)

 Look at the lovely “leftovers” in the background…( and the perfect in level green cake! how gorgeous!) I had to use them so it was great that I had to do 2 cakes on one day! 😉

So now it’s time for your creativity and to put the cake together! 

First you have to slice the green cake to layers with a cake slicer like that:

next step: 
take your cake board or plate and put the first layer on it. 
Cover it with jam or cream and put the next one on and do that till you have no layers left.

Cover the cake with jam or cream, let it dry for about 5-10min and cover it with fondant.
Mine looked like that:

Have fun to create your own colourful layer cake and if you have any questions don’t hesitated to ask!

Creamcheese Cream/Icing

What you need:

  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • 100g soft Butter
  • 250g-300g Creamcheese without flavour
  • you can add flavours like Vanilla, Orange, Lime ect.
  • you can dye it with every colour you want

Directions:

  1.  Stir Butter and Icing Sugar until almost white and fluffy
  2. add Creamcheese and stir till it’s a cream (don’t stir it too much because it would get too runny!)
  3. add flavour of your choice
  4. add colour of your choice

 

Done! 😉 There you go Creamcheese Icing!

Enjoy!

Simple White Cake

What you need:

  • 5                     Eggs
  • 300g               Icing Sugar
  • 1 Pack(8g)       Vanilla Sugar
  • 125ml              Edible Oil
  • 400g                Flour
  • 1/2 Pack (8g)   Baking Powder
  • 125ml              Water

Directions:

  1. preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Mix Water, Eggs (whole egg), Sugar, Vanilla Sugar in a bowel
  3. Take another bowl and mix Flour and Baking Powder
  4. finally stir all together and put the oil into the dough. Now you have the final dough. You can put food colour in it to dye it or just leaf it white.
  5. Grease and flour your baking pan and put the cooling strips around it and pour the dough into the pan. I usually use two tins of the same size as the cakes would stay soft/juicy and would rise more than if you bake the whole dough at once. (…and you’ll get 4 layers out of them!)
  6. put it into the oven for approx. 30 – 40min.
    if you just use one half of the dough then leaf it just 20min in the oven.
    Use fork to see if it’s done after the time, if not do the test after 5-10 more minutes!

Done! 😉 There you go Simple White Cake!

Enjoy!

How to get a flat and perfect in level cake out of your cake pan! – DIY Backingstrips

Last year a friend of my mum told me to wrap an old towel around my cake pan to get a flat and perfect in level cake… really???

Yes! Really! Trust me! 🙂

As I had a so called “Springform” – as most of the European use it in the middle of Europe for baking a cake – I didn’t do that and got low and cracked cakes with a hump as I always got.

Then I needed a high and flat cake for the USA-flag cake and recalled what she told me back then:

  1. I took the pan, not the “Springform”, and the belt of my bathrobe, as I do not use it anyway and it is like a towel and has a variety of length so you can use it with different sized pans!
    If you use an old towel then you have to cut strips out of it in size of the height of your cake pan and length so you can wrap it around at least one time! Please cut out twice the height and fold it otherwise it will be too thin and dry out too fast in the oven.
  2. Hold it under cold water and ring it out a bit just so much that it will stay still wet. Not dripping wet and not too dry because it will dry out too fast!
  3. Wrap it around your pan and if you need more than one strip you have to overlap them a bit (but not too much!) and pin them with a safety pin. If you don’t need more than one you overlap both ends and pin them together with a safety pin. The towel should be tight around the pan so it will hold your pan cool in the oven and don’t fall off.
  4. Place the pan in the oven and bake it as you would do normally. The strips of the towel will keep the temperature of your cake pan cooler and at the same temperature as the bottom of the pan so the outer rim will not bake faster than the middle and the cake will rise at the same time as the middle will rise.

The reason why you get a hump in the middle and cracked surface is that the outer rim bakes too fast because the temperature gets higher on the outside of the pan and there is still raw dough in the middle which has to rise somewhere whilst baking and then it will rise as a hump in the middle. If you cool the rim of your pan down you prevent that.

All you need for that you have at home, I bet! 😉

 

What you need:

•    1 old towel/ belt of your bathrobe
•    1-3 safety pins or big paperclips(all out of some kind of metal otherwise it will melt in the oven!!!)
•    Water

 

Have fun and try it yourself and let me know if it worked out! 🙂

The first cake – USA Flag cake tutorial

I wanted to do a real cool cake and because it was a birthday cake for a friend who moved to America to work there as a doctor and I wanted to give her cake with a USA flag on each slide.
Again I searched the internet and found out how to do it and here I will show you how to make it!

For all cakes I use a 8″/20cm baking pan.
but you can use smaller pans too!

    1. make a dough for a normal white/yellow cake. (you can find the recipe in the section for recipes!)
      You need 3 different cakes because you need 1 red, 1 blue and 1 white.
      I made one full dough and one half.
      divide the first full dough into two portions with approximately the same weight in two bowls.

    2.  Put one half into your baking pan and put it into oven at 180°C for approx. 20min. Use butter and flour or baking spray for the pan and wrap it with a wet towel so it will come up flat and will not break in the middle. I didn’t do it at my first tow cakes but trust me, it works very good and the cake comes up flat! (see my other post about that how to do it with some old towels!)
      After about 18min use a stick to see if it’s ready.

    3. For the second half use the red food colour and dye the dough to a nice red. – I used liquid food colour here at my first cake and it turned out awful because I got not a red cake but a pink one :/ so please use gel food colour to dye the dough to a very good red. You will see the difference between this “red” cake and my third cake where I used gel food colour!
      put it in the buttered pan and bake it for 20min again.

      After that you got 2 cakes both approx. 2,5cm high. One red and one white.
      If your red cake is too thin for 3 slices, each 1cm high, then you have to make a second red one but you can take the other half of the dough you mix for the third cake which will be the blue part of the flag.

    4. So the next step will be the blue cake. When you have your dough mixed divide it into two parts again and take your blue food colour to dye one part blue. then put it into the oven and bake it for 20min. If you need to do the same precudre with the other part with red.
      So now you have your 3 cakes. Red, blue and white.
    5. Slice each cake into 3 horizonal slices with a cake slicer or a long knife.
      It will look like that.
    6.  Then you need to put one white and one red on each other (I used the top pieces of the cakes for this) to cut out a smaller round piece. Use a the cap of a jam cup for example or a small plate to get the right size of the inner part of the cake. Cut out the cylinder. (you can put a second white on top of the small red-white slice too,I did because the blue part was higher than those two layers.) The picture will show you how:
      put that aside and do the same with the blue cake.
      now you have the upper part of the USA flag:

      the blue ring for the blue square and the white-red-white cylinder for the right upper side of the flag.

      Now it’s time to put the cake together! 🙂

      Take your cake board or plate and place the first red slice on it. Cover it with jam or icing cream and put the first white on top of it, cover it with jam or icing cream and go on with the other slices of your cake.
      It will look something like this:

      do that till you can put the blue ring on top of your cake. that should look like this:

As you can see in the picture cover the small slices with jam or cream and put it into the hole of your flag-cake and cover the entire cake with jam or cream on the outside! (warm up the jam a bit so it will become a bit liquid, cover the cake and let it dry for about 5-10min. this is important for the fondant cover later!)

 After covering the cake with jam/cream cover it with fondant and decorate it.
(I will post an extra description for my experience with covering cakes with fondant!)
mine looked like this on the outside:
AND…. tata… this is how it looked on the inside:
Isn’t it cool? 🙂
Have fun to create your own USA-flag-cake and if you have any questions don’t hesitated to ask!

Cakes, fondant and an idea… how it started!

It all started with the simple idea of baking a cake for my sister-in-law in may 2013.
 
I talked about covering a cake with fondant to make it look pretty for her birthday. 
I searched the internet and found a retailer (Alles Torte) in my hometown, which is by the way the home of the famous “Sachertorte” – Vienna, Austria.
 
Then it happened that I had no time for the cake but the birthday of my sister-in-law was suddenly there. …and me without a cake because a friend needed my company in London two days before. So I had to travel to London and had no time to bake the cake. (I talked to her and she got such a cake from me in summer, so everything is fine and instead of the cake she got pretty cool things from London for her birthday, don’t worry!)
 
But one week later there was the next birthday party of two of my friends… 
so there it was! the perfect opportunity for my first and second fondant covered cake!!! YAY!
So I ordered (thank god that shop has a web-shop!!!)  the things I needed for the two cakes and gave it a try…… 
first fondant covered cake ever

…And this is the story how all of that started! 🙂

I hope you like my little blog about creating my pretty fondant covered cakes!

Enjoy! Comment and ask if you want to! every comment is welcome! 🙂

I will blog here about how I make the cakes, recipes and about my experience with fondant.

I bake cakes for private use as a hobby!