I’m sorry there was no post on Thursday. The cake in the photo above is the reason for the delay. I got a last minute call requesting for a pillow cake for 42 people and pretty much spent my week either at work being a dentist and managing a practice at the peak period of school holidays and coming home to work on this cake. To say that I am exhausted is an understatement. Truth be told, I don’t even know how I managed to get both jobs done. Adrenaline, I assume.
As a result of that experience, I have decided that I will only be posting once a week on Sunday instead of twice as I was doing previously. The reason is obvious – I just don’t have enough time and as my posts and projects increase in complexity it takes more and more time to complete as well.
Anyway, on to the cake! It was not my original idea as the client had this cake in mind, so the structure and colour scheme of the cake was already prescribed. However, the finishing touches were and my favourite part of it was definitely the tiara which I designed from scratch at 1am on Thursday in bed, trying not to fall asleep.
Zoe’s Pillow Cake
Ingredients and Materials
40g white chocolate, melted
Disposable piping bag
Tiara template (available for download here)
Watch the YouTube video below for full instructions:
Chocolate Cake Recipe
Ingredients (for 2 tiers, one 8 inch round and one 10 inch square)
750g dark chocolate, chopped
840g brown sugar
600g butter, room temperature
840g brown sugar
1080g self raising flour
60g cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 160°C (fan forced).
- Line all baking tins with baking paper.
- Combine all ingredients from List A in a microwave safe bowl and cook in 30 second intervals until ingredients are melted, stirring in between each interval. Mixture may look like it has split slightly but that is okay. Set aside.
- Working off the ingredients from List B, cream butter and sugar in a food processor until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating and scraping the sides of the bowl down between each addition.
- Pour warm mixture prepared from List A into the bowl and mix. Add self-raising flour and cocoa powder and mix until well combined. Mixture will be fairly runny.
- Bake in baking tins – two 8-inch rounds and two 10-inch squares. Baking time will vary – about 50-75 minutes depending on the size of the cake. Cake is done when a skewer when inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Wrap cakes immediately in cling wrap after they are removed from the baking tins and freeze.
500g butter, softened
500g icing sugar
125g dark chocolate, melted (my favourite method for melting chocolate outlined here)
- Cream butter and sugar together in mixer until light and fluffy.
- Pour melted chocolate in and mix until well incorporated.
Ingredients and Materials
3.5kg fondant (I used Satin Ice)
Decorations as desired
6 inch round cardboard base
8 inch square cardboard base
13 inch square cake board
- Roll 1kg fondant into a 14 inch square and use that to cover the cake board. Leave to set for at least a day before placing the cake on top of it.
- Stack round cakes fill with buttercream. Cake should be sitting on a 6 inch round cardboard base with a punched hole at the center for dowel to go through
- Trim into a shape of a pillow using a serrated knife and cover with buttercream. Put into fridge to firm up. Roll 1kg of fondant into a 17 inch disc and cover the cake.
- Repeat with square cakes, rolling 1.4kg of fondant into a 19 inch square before covering.
- Place 4 dowels into the square cake to support the weight of the round cake above.
- Place square cake on cake board. Insert a taller dowel that spans both tiers into the cake and slide round cake down onto it to prevent movement of tiers.
- Decorate as desired.
And that’s it! Other decorations that I used included fondant flowers, quilting the fondant with a stitch tool and ropes for the tassels and trim of the white pillow. The pink pillow was trimmed with royal icing.
I apologize – the photography of this cake was not what it should have been. I had about 10 minutes to photograph it before delivering it thus the very substandard image!
It was quite an experience, but what is going to be an even more exciting experience is when I go to London in a couple of weeks! I will be attending a cake decorating course there so it’s going to be pretty exciting to learn more techniques and improve my skills. Can’t wait to go – I fully intend to check myself into a day spa for a couple of days to unwind. The last few months have been overwhelming.