Chocolate Cage Cake

Chocolate Cage Cake 2

I had been lamenting that I would love to make more cakes but there would be nobody to eat them so there was no point in me doing it. As a result, one of my friends offered to purchase a cake from me for her sister’s birthday to help keep me occupied. After much thought, I decided that I would try my hand at chocolate cages. I loved the idea of a lattice sitting around the cake – it would be intricate and delicate at the same time. Β Well, in my mind it was intricate and delicate.

I decided on a 8 inch chocolate cake and covered it with chocolate buttercream. The design for the top of the cake was done with the now in vogue petal buttercream technique, which I have since made a video tutorial of on a different cake:

Recipes for the cake and buttercream available on my Caramel Spiral Cupcake post. I think from now they are going to be my go-to recipes – they work really well together. Rich flavours and soft crumb with moist texture with a very workable buttercream texture.

Then it was time to decide on how the cage was going to be. I wanted a lattice that was intricate, strong and at the same time easy to pipe. After much indecision I came up with this design. I have since made it into a PDF, available here – for download. Much neater and clearer, even if I do say so myself.

Lattice Template for Chocolate Cage

Chocolate is quite runny for piping, much more challenging than royal icing I feel – it would be near impossible to pipe it properly vertically. I decided to wrap my template and waxed paper around the only thing in the house that was 9 inch round – a pot – and hung it off the leg of one of the chairs in my house and rotate it as I went around the cake. I have tips on how to melt chocolate quickly and easily if you are interested.

Let me tell you it was no easy task – the pot would rock a little every time more chocolate was added on due to the weight. I guess my career as a dentist came in handy – I’m quite used to working on moving patients so was similar to working on a patient that was fidgeting in the chair.

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Once it was all done I slid it off the pot and peeled the waxed paper away. The chocolate cage broke in a couple of spots in the process but that was okay. I carefully placed it around the cake, lined up the seams and piped more chocolate to make it whole again and voila – my project was complete.

Chocolate Cage Cake 3
If I could redo it again I’d probably make a 4 or 6 inch cake and make the cage 2 inches larger than the cake. I probably only had half a centimetre of gap in between the cake and the cage and I feel a little more would have been more elegant. I would make the cake slightly shorter too – I was caught off guard by how tall the tiers stacked up!

Overall, it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. Perhaps the next time I’ll try a different pattern and do it in white chocolate instead.


67 thoughts on “Chocolate Cage Cake

    • Thanks Qin – I had so much fun making it! Took forever to style I had to pick these out of 10 photographs that were all slightly different. Glad you like it πŸ™‚

    • Thank you – the cage piping probably took about 20-30 minutes – I didn’t actually time myself but that’s just a guess. Maybe a little bit more. Not sure :S I kinda enter into a zone when I’m piping especially when it requires a little more concentration.

  1. Only 20-30 mins to make the piping? I think I would have taken an entire day! I never knew so much hard work is needed for cake decoration. I’ll definitely take more time to appreciate cakes before I gobble them down next time πŸ˜‰

    • LOL no – not the entire day. You have to work fairly quickly because the chocolate can start to set in the bag if you don’t. Yes, this cake did take a while but it’s not too bad – the Chanel cake I made took up way more time!

    • PS Also, I LOVE that your skills as a dentist came in handy for this one, haha! Isn’t it comforting to know that the things that we do for a living might come into play in more ways than just one?

      • Don’t worry – even if there wasn’t anybody commissioning cakes I always make random smaller pastries and things for myself. πŸ™‚ Yes – dentistry actually came to save the day. Quite funny really.

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  3. Very elegant! I’ve been meaning to have a go at this style of decoration. You have inspired me even more. Thank you for posting about your beautiful cake.

    • Thank you – let me know if you make something similar I would love to see your creation! Love your story too by the way – wish I could take a year off dentistry and run away to culinary school too! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you – your comment made me laugh. I’m not the nurturing sort so I don’t know if I’m particularly womanly. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

    • Thank you – it does take a little practice but it can be done! I started off with smaller chocolate decorations first then slowly worked up from there. Definitely worth a shot the results are very satisfying πŸ™‚

  4. The work that you do is really amazing, so tasteful and stylish! It is just the right amount of everything, not over the top and not too minimalistic, simply stunning!:)

  5. Hi Evelyn, I just want to say I was impressed and inspired by your cage cake and attempted chocolate art for the first time in making my birthday cake! I used another design though (I couldn’t seem to download the pdf file for the cage design). It was fun, messy and frustrating all at the same time! Thank you for your interesting ideas! (You can read about it on my latest blog post)

  6. thats really amazing, how could you bear to tear into it and eat it after all that work? you do beautiful work!!
    Glad you liked my post on the white chocolate lemon truffles. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Jill! I don’t really feel bad about eating them… I guess to me food is meant to be eaten! Plus, I’ll make something else next time so there will always be something new. πŸ™‚

  7. This cake is so beautiful ❀
    I just wanted to ask what did you cover the cake with? It looks to be a different colour than the choc buttercream that is on top of the cake…

    Many thanks xo

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ I covered the cake with chocolate butercream too – I used the paper towel technique to smooth it off and that changes the colour of it a little.

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