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What type of chocolate icing should I use?

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shysal Wed 23-Jan-19 09:01:25

I am planning to make a cake along the lines of this one for DGD's 18th birthday. I was going to use a ganache or fudge icing for the base, but would the hot white chocolate melt it as it runs down and make a mess? Looking on the internet I see that Sainsbury's sell a chocolate ready to roll fondant, but I am loathe to go out in the car today as the snow has turned to ice on the side roads and I am on a hill. Maybe I should use white fondant, and use dark chocolate for the top, which I can get on foot from the village shop.
Any thoughts?

annsixty Wed 23-Jan-19 09:33:02

I think that would make a better contrast sal. The light marshmallows would show up against the dark chocolate with the white icing as a bottom layer.
It will look wonderful whatever you do.
She is a lucky girl.

kittylester Wed 23-Jan-19 09:44:51

sal, either would be brilliant but I'm happy to sample - just so you are sure.

I'm impressed by your skill.

shysal Wed 23-Jan-19 09:54:01

Thank you for your thoughts. The reason I chose this design is that little skill is requiredsmile! I am a bit ham fisted these days due to the RA.

Heather51 Wed 23-Jan-19 10:17:05

Hi Shysal, I’m in the same boat as you, used to make and decorate a lot of cakes but extremely limited now because of RA. As already suggested, I think the white as the base with the dark chocolate dribbled over would be good and would certainly make the marshmallows stand out. Do you mind if I copy your cake idea - looks really scrummy 🎂

Lazigirl Wed 23-Jan-19 10:18:19

little skill shysal? Looks flipping difficult to me but I am definitely no domestic goddess. Looks fabulous and I would love to make for my GD birthday. Can I make a regular choc cake then add runny icing, and how do you pile the marshmallows? Can someone give some clues please, I would be very grateful?

shysal Wed 23-Jan-19 10:34:26

I don't have the actual recipe, just the picture. I am making a regular chocolate cake, Lazigirl in three 6inch tins to add height, but it wouldn't really matter if shallower. I have decided to do it in reverse as suggested above and am using a tube of white writing chocolate to stick on the marshmallows. It just has to be melted by standing the tube in hot water.

shysal Wed 23-Jan-19 10:50:50

Had a look for the recipe but all I can find is this one. It uses whipped cream to stick on the marshmallows but I wouldn't use it if the cake will be standing out of the fridge for a few days. However you could still flood the top with melted white chocolate to drip down, and use some to stick them on, Lazigirl.
www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/chocolate-and-marshmallow-birthday-cake

Lazigirl Wed 23-Jan-19 12:02:23

Thank you so much shysal. I wasn't even aware that such a thing as writing choc stick even existed! Never go near baking aisle in shops. I will give it a go, my GD is only 6 and her mother will have a fit when she sees the number of marshmallows on top. Ha ha.

mumofmadboys Wed 23-Jan-19 13:41:42

Would it be better to do 3 8 inch tins as 3 six inch tins will be quite a small cake??

Craftycat Wed 23-Jan-19 14:54:47

I used to teach sugarcraft & ran a cake making business for quite some time but it was a good few years ago now- I only do family cakes now but they keep me on my toes with requests for things like the Gruffolo & all his friends IN THE WOODS!
I've done a very similar cake to this one & I used pink sugar paste & then drizzled melted white chocolate over it & it worked very well.
Good luck with it.

shysal Wed 23-Jan-19 14:58:37

mumofmadboys, thanks for the suggestion but the trend seems to be for narrow tall cakes in some instances so thought I would give it a try, using one and a half times the usual recipe - have dowelled it in case of slippage! Also I am deliberately making it small as they have 3 birthdays in the family within 2 weeks and the cakes just don't get eaten. They don't have parties so not much needed. I made one yesterday for DGS and one last week for DD, using cheat's stick-on icing toppers, but thought I should put a bit more effort into the 18th (but not a lot! smile)

Ailsa43 Wed 23-Jan-19 15:27:13

You're very talented shysal. The football cake is gorgeous and I'm no footie fan.
I've noticed those with the most talent are always the ones who play their abilities down.

Good luck with the next cake I'm sure your GD will love it

paddyann Wed 23-Jan-19 17:50:13

you could do the bottom with chocolate fudge icing and pop it in the freezer to harden before drizzling your white chocolate on top and make sure your drizzle is just melted and not hot ,white chocolate doesn't like too much heat .Please put a picture on when its done I love to see other peoples cakes .

Lazigirl Wed 23-Jan-19 18:50:51

Please excuse my baking ignorance but I am planning to ice with chocolate fudge icing (it's all I know) then melt white chocolate buttons for the drizzle bit. Do I need to add something, ie butter to the choc buttons to make it runny enough?

SpringyChicken Wed 23-Jan-19 19:36:40

Why not buy white cooking chocolate which is made for melting. It’s quite runny.

Foxyloxy Wed 23-Jan-19 19:43:28

Use your ganache, then put your cake in the fridge until it is cold thirty mins or so, then pour on your white chocolate to dribble over the sides, it will set straight away. Look on YouTube it will show you how it’s done.

Foxyloxy Wed 23-Jan-19 19:48:01

Add cream usually twice the weight of chocolate to cream. Look a bbcgood food for chocolate ganache recipe.

Lazigirl Thu 24-Jan-19 10:00:37

Thanks Foxylady. I am going to give it a go armed with new found information. My main worry now is getting sides of cake smooth enough for the drips to look impressive. GD won't mind if it tastes ok I think (hope).

shysal Sat 26-Jan-19 16:46:12

When I came to decorate the cake I was disappointed to discover that marshmallows. like other sweets from my childhood, have got a lot smaller! I therefore had a re-think and looked for other ideas on line. This was the result. I hope she will be pleased with it despite my clumsily knocking a few of the runs. I spent a fortune on packets of items only to use a few. The remainder will be sent home with my GD, out of temptation's way, for the family to eat up or dispose of.

Lazigirl Sat 26-Jan-19 16:53:50

That looks amazing shysal. I'm very impressed by the runs because it seems to me that they are the most difficult part of the decoration. I don't think I'll be posting my effort!

shysal Sat 26-Jan-19 17:10:44

Please do Lazigirl. I found the drips worked better than I expected, made easier by refridgerating the cake first as recommended on here by Foxyloxy.

mumofmadboys Sat 26-Jan-19 17:13:39

Looks delish Shysal!

toscalily Sat 26-Jan-19 18:33:20

That is impressive shysal, hope granddaughter liked it after all your effort. I made something similar for my 5 year old granddaughter. Her birthday is in June, one of those extremely hot days we had this summer and I was trying to decorate it and kept having to put it in the fridge to keep it cool, in the end took it in a coolbox with all the freezer bottles I had, an hour down the motorway and then they had to empty their fridge so it would not melt. I had various sweets & decorations like you including white chocolate decorated triangles which I had made and they kept leaning over with the heat, just made it to the table so she could blow the sparklers & candles out before they fell over grin

shysal Sat 26-Jan-19 19:02:50

I used sparklers too, but was annoyed with myself for forgetting to choc-coat and add the strawberries which I later found in the shed where I had put the fridge contents. No room on the cake by then sad.