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Old 08-07-2009, 11:31 AM
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Help with baking a christmas cake

Hi everyone,

Every year we never have a Christmas cake as we all don't like fruit cake so this year I am planning to bake a Christmas sponge cake. The plan it to have it in a tiered cake fashion (2, maybe 3 tiers) to look a bit like this http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3423/...1690d6e31b.jpg With the red bows on the cake in the link I would have the red bit going around but not the bow on the front if you know what I mean. I want to have holly, snowflakes and Christmas parcels on it made out of icing.

I was just wondering if any one has any tips on how to build a cake like this and any really good sponge recipe (I have loads and can make a good sponge cake but I just want to try something different and am open to new recipes.

Thanks

Harry
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Old 08-07-2009, 02:11 PM
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That sounds really yummy and like a good idea..but I dont have any recipes.. Im sorry! If you find one, you should post it so we can all try
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This is the one I usually use. Just a basic but it turns out fine pretty much every time

Ingredients
100g butter
100g caster sugar
100g self raising flour
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
Pinch of salt
2 medium eggs

Method 1. Preheat oven to Gas mark 190C.

2. Place the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl. Beat until smooth and creamy.

3. Beat the eggs in basin or cup and add to the mixture a little at the time, with the flour keeping the same smooth and creamy consistency.

4. Making sure the mixtures does not get too wet or dry as you go when you have used all the flour and the eggs.

5. Add the vanilla essence and a pinch of salt, mix for a few minutes.

6. Divide into two lined, or non-stick sponge tins, put into a moderately hot oven, middle shelf.

7. Put into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes (it is important that the oven is well heated).

8. Put to cool on a rack to cool.

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Originally Posted by ohchristmastree View Post
Hi everyone,

Every year we never have a Christmas cake as we all don't like fruit cake so this year I am planning to bake a Christmas sponge cake. The plan it to have it in a tiered cake fashion (2, maybe 3 tiers) to look a bit like this http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3423/...1690d6e31b.jpg With the red bows on the cake in the link I would have the red bit going around but not the bow on the front if you know what I mean. I want to have holly, snowflakes and Christmas parcels on it made out of icing.

I was just wondering if any one has any tips on how to build a cake like this and any really good sponge recipe (I have loads and can make a good sponge cake but I just want to try something different and am open to new recipes.

Thanks

Harry
Anyone? I really do need some help with a fondant cake, its my first!
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Wow that looks fab! I guess I'd stack it all before I iced. You could also try bbq kebab sticks to pin it all vertically together (like vertical supports). You'd prob need a fairly 'firm' sponge as well!!!
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I wonder if Christmasstar could help you. She is into cake decorating and quite good at it by the pics I see posted. She might have some fantastic tips for you! We will find out when she sees this post.

Whychristmas has some good tips too!
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I recommend baking a madeira sponge cake rather than a victorian sponge. This takes longer to cook but is much firmer and easier to work with.
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As far as structure goes I would make sure to put the cakes on cardboard cake bases. I would then put six wooden dowels through the bottom cake to hold up the middle cake and then four through the middle cake to hold up the top one. As far as the fondant goes I am not the person to give advice. I have tried working with it a couple times but with no good outcomes. I just use buttercream anymore.
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Originally Posted by ohchristmastree View Post
Hi everyone,

Every year we never have a Christmas cake as we all don't like fruit cake so this year I am planning to bake a Christmas sponge cake. The plan it to have it in a tiered cake fashion (2, maybe 3 tiers) to look a bit like this http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3423/...1690d6e31b.jpg With the red bows on the cake in the link I would have the red bit going around but not the bow on the front if you know what I mean. I want to have holly, snowflakes and Christmas parcels on it made out of icing.

I was just wondering if any one has any tips on how to build a cake like this and any really good sponge recipe (I have loads and can make a good sponge cake but I just want to try something different and am open to new recipes.

Thanks

Harry
Just now wandered over here and read this.

Look here for tips that explain it really well and is faster than I could type it all out: http://www.wilton.com/decorating/decorating-basics/

I cut my cakes into several thin layers..eg. Instead of 2 I will cut each of those 2 in half as well making a 4 layers. Handle carefully as they tear easier when moved. You can then put filling of choice between each giving the cake a lot more flavour.

Each tier needs to be reinforced with a support system so your cake does not fall over. Go here to find out how to do that:
http://www.wilton.com/cakes/tiered-c...nstruction.cfm

Look on that site for all kinds of ideas and helpful hints.

Good luck and I hope that helps.
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Just now noticed that post is from 2008! Oh well, maybe you can make one again for this year!
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