Thursday, December 09, 2004

Ice, Ice, Baby Ice

As promised last week, here is the recipe for icing that chocolate cake.

Icing Ingredients

  • 50g butter / marge
  • 1 tsp coffee
  • 40 mL cocoa
  • 1 tbs vanilla essence
  • boiling water (to half a cup of liquid)
  • roughly 325g icing sugar

Method

Combine the cocoa, coffee and hot water in a small jug or class, then add the vanilla to the mixture.

Loosened Cake
Loosen the cake with a pallette knife (around the sides and at the bottom).
Melt butter
Put the butter in the pot and melt it.

Don't let it go brown.
Add cocoa / coffee / water mixture
Add the cocoa, coffee, vanilla and water mixture to the melted butter.
Add icing sugar
Add the icing sugar.

Stir the contents of the pot until ...
Smooth Mixture
There are no more lumps.
Prepare to Spread
The icing should be thick enough to spread. If it is too thick,it won't stick on the cake. If it is too thin, then it may end up running down the sides.

Spread the icing on the side of the cake. Do this over the pot so that any drips get recycled.
Plate on cake
Place a plate over the centre of the cake, put your hand on top of the plate.
Cake on plate
Now turn the cake "upsidedown" so that the cake is on the plate.

Your cake should look like this.
Lines on side
Mark the sides of the cake (be gentle), this helps the icing stick on the cake and is also a handy guide for cutting even slices.
The top
Thin the remaining icing a little with some hot water (a tiny bit goes a long way), then pour the slightly thinner icing onto the top of the cake.
Spread it
Spread the icing evenly on the top of the cake.
Mark Top
Mark the top of the cake.
Almost done
It should look like this. You could stop here but if you have leftover icing, there is lovely finishing touch.
Thin icing (again)
Add about one teaspoon of water to the remaing icing to make it nice and thin.
Thinned Icing
It should look like this.
Drizzle
Drizzle the icing over the top of the cake.
All done
Your finished cake should look wonderful.

I have a confession. The above photos show my mom icing the cakes that I baked. My dad wanted to take a cake with him to the office and I needed one for a gift so I made up a double recipe of batter and then my mom volunteered to do the icing. The icing above can be a bit tricky, so if it does not work first time, don't be upset. I can guarantee that even if it does not look totally professional, it will taste really good. Obviously we doubled up the recipe for the icing as well but all the numbers above are to ice one cake only.

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