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. 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.
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.
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.
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”
Wow. That is really stunning. Well done.
Thank you – it was a really fun project. I’m glad you like it 🙂
Wow!!! This is really impressive! I am totally stunned!!! The food styling and the photography is amazing! I love it !!! 🙂
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 🙂
wow! really gorgeous! how long did the cage take to make? it looks so intricate. xx
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.
Ev, what an impressive cake. It’s beautiful and looks soooo delicious. Bravo!
Thank you – it was very tasty – Peggy Porschen’s recipes are great!
Wow, I can not believe you made it…
It looks like an art!
I am speechless… it is so beautiful!
Thank you – it was a really fun project. It’s actually not too difficult just takes a little bit of time. Glad you like it 🙂
Your cake looks gorgeous! I am amazed 😀
Thank you! I try to make them a little different than the ordinary if I can. It was a little time consuming but worth it! 🙂
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 😉
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!
This is breathtaking. Just wow. So awesome. I hope for my eyes’ sake that you have tons more friends ready to commission more projects!!
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. 🙂 Yes – dentistry actually came to save the day. Quite funny really.
This cake is so lovely!! Very inspiring! Great piping and wonderful petal work on top. I wish I had a steady hand like yours.
Thank you – with practice I’m sure you could do it too! 🙂
WOW. Just WOW! I’m amazed! :0)
Thank you I’m glad you liked it 🙂
Thank you! I tried my best to make it a little different. 🙂
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Just came across your blog from http://tworedbowls.wordpress.com/and I’m glad I did! I love you food photography and that cake looks GORGEOUS. The lighting and colors are absolutely perfect
Thanks Jessica – I’m glad you like it 🙂 It took a while to set up but it was worth it.
What a stunning cake! The chocolate cage looks so impressive.
Thank you – I’m glad you liked it! It’s a little bit of work but worth it! 🙂
This. Looks. Amazing Ev! I’ll definitely be putting this on my ‘to bake’ list!
Let me know when you make it I would love to see your cake when it’s done! 🙂
Simply beautiful! Well done.
Thank you – I’m glad you like it 🙂
What a gorgeous, elegant cake! I’m keeping this in mind for the next time I bake one.
Thank you – let me know if you do it I would love to see yours too 🙂
That looks fantastic! Your stuff is always amazing, and so are the photos, I would love to see a post on how you take pictures of your food!
I am thinking of writing up a post on it but that involves showing the world my messy work space. Also, I’m by no means an expert so I think I’d feel a little awkward. Maybe in a few months time. 🙂
You look like an expert to me! I look forward to it when you are ready!
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! 🙂
I am absolutely in AWE. This cake is stunning and your photography skills amaze me. I love your blog! 😀
Thank you! I’m glad you like it. I’m still an amateur though lots more to learn – hope to go to culinary school some time in the future. 🙂
You should! You would be incredible! 😀
Wow! You’re more of a woman than I!
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 🙂
Wow, this is a gorgeous cake!
Thank you 🙂 I enjoyed making it.
Your work has such elegance. So lovely. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and creativity.
Thank you – I really enjoy blogging it has been a fun experience. Glad you liked it 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Wow!! What a gorgeous creation! I wish my hands were steady enough for that.
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 🙂
What can I say that hasn’t been said. I’ll just repeat “It’s beautiful”!!!!
Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I’m really glad that you liked it and took the time to say it too. 🙂
I love to look at other peoples beautiful work. I’ll be back.
AND I forgot to say, My lovely Mother’s name was Evelyn, she passed away at the great age of 101 in 2010
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!:)
Thank you Ziva! I tried my best to make it look as pretty as possible – I’m glad you liked it 🙂
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)
Thanks Sabrina! I had a look at yours and it looks like it was quite a project – so many components! Glad you found my post inspirational 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
It was so sweet of you to like my Boston Cream Poke Cake post 😀 Thanks for stopping by.
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 🙂 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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