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#1 Leee

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:52 PM

I am so overwhelmed at the moment, DS2 1st birthday party is on the weekend (little Christmas baby). We have decided on a choc mud cake but I don't know what type of icing to have. I don't really like fondant, so do I just do a basic icing or our local cake supplier has buttercream - would that work? So my options are buttercream, Choc buttercream or ganache- what would you suggest? We plan on a pretty basic cake, shaped in a 1, icing, covered in smarties, a candle.

As you can probably tell I am not much of a cake person wink.gif

Also, how many days in advance should I make the cake? It is a Saturday party, early afternoon.

#2 erindiv

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:59 PM

I would have a plain buttercream. I covered DD's birthday mud cake in fondant and it was too much sweetness on top of the already ridiculously sweet cake.

I'd make the cake the day before and ice it on the morning of the party. Buttercream tends to dry out, especially in the heat.

#3 pinkcupcakes

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:02 PM

mmm buttercream frosting! i would go with a chocolate buttercream but then as pp said it does depend on the sweetness of the cake. i do have a wicked sweettooth dev (6).gif

#4 Leee

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:15 PM

I can get blue buttercream which I think would look cool. Is buttercream ok in 34 degree heat (predicted temperature)?

Would I just decorate it in Saturday? Then store in fridge or just in a container?

#5 pinkcupcakes

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:23 PM

hmmmmmm well it may not fair so well in the heat, i guess i would do it last minute and then fridge itfor a while, just so it holds up more. not that i'm an expert, though, someone might have a better idea than me!

#6 erindiv

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:26 PM

I'd do it on the morning and fridge it until it's time to eat it. Awful melty mess otherwise.

#7 OutForLunch

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:28 PM

I would go to the local bakery and ask them to make me a number 1 cake covered in smarties and pick it up on the day! But I'm a terrible mummy!


#8 MiSS_E

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:40 PM

I always use ganache on mudcake. A nice dark choc one if the cake is overly sweet.

#9 Daisy Goat

Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:03 PM

Ganache or even just decorate with smarties and serve with ice-cream.

Buttercream is vile stuff unless it is the Italian Meringue stuff and even that will be hell on a hot day



#10 greatwon2

Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:09 PM

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I always use ganache on mudcake. A nice dark choc one if the cake is overly sweet.



same here, its easy too. Heat cream(i use a pot on the stove) pour over broken up chocolate in a mixing bowl ..let it sit for about 5 mins then stir till silky, when its cooler and thickened slightly pour over cake and let set if you can resist eating it straight away original.gif

Don't know if its the proper way of making it lol but it works for me and tastes pretty good

#11 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:11 PM

Ganache here too.

#12 Feral timtam

Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

Ganache. I always want ganache on chocolate mud cakes.

As an aside, people actually buy butterncream? It's so dead easy to make.

#13 laridae

Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:16 PM

I'd do a ganache - far easier and tastier.

#14 noi'mnot

Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:18 PM

Another vote here for ganache. You can make the cake the day before, then do the ganache and smarties on the day.

Yum, and enjoy! original.gif

#15 *LucyE*

Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:42 PM

Ganache here too.

If you want to make it fancy without too much extra work, turn it into a layer cake. Cut into 3 or 4 layers and brush over a reduced syrup of some sort. A jar of morello cherries is good - just strain the juice and reduce on the stove til it is a little syrupy. If you are serving mostly adults, I'd even add a splash of brandy or whiskey and allow it to cook off. You won't get the alcohol kick but it adds a depth of flavour. Smother with some freshly whipped cream (soft, not over whipped) and push in some of the cherries. Layer the cake like this until it is all used up. Then on top and over the sides, smear some more cream so the whole thing is white. Decorate with fresh cherries and shaved chocolate on top.

It's not really much more work than making a ganache and is lighter and fresher tasting in this hot weather than a chocolate on chocolate cake.

#16 Kaonashi

Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:56 PM

Mud cake - definitely ganache.
You should be able to freeze it too if you prefer then just ice the night before or on the day.  I think a mud cake is supposed to taste better the day after?

#17 Leee

Posted 19 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

Ok ganache it is original.gif so is it ok to ice and decorate the night before?






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