Jump to content
Choc mud cake - what icing?
16 replies to this topic
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
Also, how many days in advance should I make the cake? It is a Saturday party, early afternoon.
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.
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
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?
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!
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.
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!
Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:40 PM
I always use ganache on mudcake. A nice dark choc one if the cake is overly sweet.
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
Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:09 PM
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
Don't know if its the proper way of making it lol but it works for me and tastes pretty good
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.
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!
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.
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?
Posted 19 December 2012 - 03:09 PM
Ok ganache it is so is it ok to ice and decorate the night before?
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
The workplace isn't always a friendly place for pregnant women. Yet working women inclined to conceal a pregnancy from prying coworkers may be better off opening up and carrying on, according to a new study.
To celebrate Mother's Day this year we are giving you the chance to win one of five great prizes simply by telling us your story.
There is so much pressure about having a baby who sleeps 'all night' , it's no wonder you worry about your baby if she wakes in the night.
What makes some names have comebacks while others silently fade into oblivion? A few factors come into play.
Dads can have many reasons for not wanting their partners to breastfeed their baby, but both parents should learn more about it before making a final decision.
Most new mums would recoil at the thought, but Sarah Stage has shared a post-pregnancy selfie just four days after giving birth.
If you're a new mum and feeling ignored by the older mum/the old hand/the has-been, please know, it's not you, it's me. Blame the last child parenting fatigue.
Having a new baby isn't tiring - it can be downright exhausting.
I was on a high. I'd done it all by myself with no help from anyone.
We're big fans of kids' birthday parties - but this is one bash we're glad we didn't get an invite to.
Everybody loves a bargain - including the Duchess of Cambridge.
A lengthy note put on the window of a fish & chip shop has gone viral due to the writer's serious doubts about the romance of travel.
Pregnant women are under pressure to do all the "right things" to have a healthy child. It results in women feeling judged about their decisions.
Giving your child a sibling when you don't want to have another baby can be a complex issue.
The mother of missing toddler William Tyrrell says she has a vision that somebody "picked him up and moved him on ... that's the only way ... to explain for him not to be there".
Most 23-year-old blokes spend their hard earned cash on fun times with mates or romantic dinners with their girlfriend, but not Tommy Connolly.
The first all-female quintuplets born in the United States were delivered last week, at 28 weeks and two days.
He may be less than a week old, but baby James Hunter has already helped his model mum silence her critics.
A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.
A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.
Posting a lot of baby photos doesn't make you a bad person. It may make your Facebook feed a little irritating, but it doesn't make you a bad person.
It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.
If you're only just joining the modern cloth nappy movement, or would like to spruce up your collection, we have to introduce you to Designer Bums.
When you’ve just had a baby, having sex isn’t usually top priority. In fact, for a lot of women it rates about as appealing as changing another dirty nappy.
Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?
Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.
Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.
Top 5 Articles
You have less than a week left to win your child one of five Fisher-Price toy packs valued at over $600 each - hurry, enter today!
Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.
When trolls felt the need to comment on 35-year-old singer-songwriter Pink's weight, her answer was an awesome ode to body love.
A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.
Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.
Individual choice works for haircuts and handbags, but not for preventing infectious diseases that kill kids.
If there is one thing Leilani Rogers knows about childbirth, it is that no two deliveries are ever the same.
Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.
In 1965, Zella Jackson-Price was told her premature baby girl had died shortly after birth.
New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.
Last week to submit a picture of your baby at play for your chance to win. Visit the Play Wall to view our recent entries.