Making novelty cakes is a little different from baking standard cakes. The former need a level of creativity and skill which is much above that of baking regular cakes. Novelty cakes are meant to be the show stoppers at the food table and an ice-breaker at a party too.
Our Helpful Tips for your Novelty Cake
Novelty cakes are meant to make a statement and create impression and ones that have been baked and decorated beautifully are able to do all this and more. Someone who aspires to make novelty cakes should know that it is not difficult as long as you are patient and you practice. You will also have to develop certain skills to get it right. Here are 6 tips that to making novelty cakes at home:
#1 Of Biscuit Layers and Buttercream
Ensure that you bake very good biscuit layers. You can always cut-off the domed portions, but it’s too much of a hassle. If you do not have the expertise to get the leavening right, your cake may just end up tasting metallic. Learn how to make buttercream the right way. It’s not difficult, but you will need the right tools and a certain amount of exercise. You will have to get used to baking by weight, know exactly what the feel of the eggs and butter should be like at a certain temperature etc.
If you want professional results, it’s important to plan well. Begin with the cake design with a very clear idea in your mind. In case you are following design instructions from a book, first read it carefully and be sure about what you are doing. Ensure that you have all the tools, equipment and ingredients ready in advance
#3 The Cake
Creating a fantastic novelty cake is a lot about ensuring that the internal structure of the cake is perfect. You will find a number of delicious cake recipes, but not all of them can withstand carving and the weight of sugarpaste and other cake decorations. Ensure that you use a cake that has a close texture and is firm once it’s baked. A Madeira Cake is a good choice for a sponge cake base
When you are carving the cake; you will find that a frozen cake carves much better than one that is at room temperature. You won’t get copious amounts of crumbs all over your kitchen and it will give you a firm base to cut as the cake becomes temporarily stronger
#5 Preparing for Sugarpaste
In order to prepare the cake for the sugarpaste, first cut it in half and then apply the desired filling. This could be jam and buttercream- and then sandwich it together well. Ensure that the surface is smooth & that there are no crumbs or crusts on it. Now, seal the cake carefully with a very smooth buttercream layer. This acts like a glue and the sugarpaste will stick beautifully to it
#6 Preparing the Cakeboard
This is something you should do in advance as well. Most novelty cake designs require that you should cover the board with sugarpaste. Once you have prepared the board, they can be left either overnight/ for a few hours to semi-dry and harden. This is an important step as in certain situations; the moisture in your cake may end up fermenting the sugarpaste.
Things to Remember
As you can see, there are a number of things you have to focus on when making a novelty cake at home. Most of these things take practice but once you start making them on a regular basis, you will find that it is much easier and quicker to make the kind of novelty cake designs you want.
You can also look at some novelty cake books as these too have tips and instructions about how to go through the steps in a methodical manner. Once you have the basics right, you can get as creative as you want to be and make fabulous novelty cakes that are a treat for the eyes and have flavors that are a treat for the tongue.
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