Monday, January 19, 2015

Surprise Inside Cake - Hidden Downton Abbey



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I have a fondness for Downton Abbey. Like the rest of some of the millions of viewers that have made it so popular.




I was so looking forward to Season 5 that I decided to make a cake in honor of it. No special occasion. No gathering of any sort. Just wanted to see if it could be done.

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My first attempt was a fail. The batter wasn't baking up high enough to surround the tops of the castles.

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So I added more batter. Just not quite enough.

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After flattening the tops of the cakes the castles were still peeking through and I wanted a bit more white space.

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Even this wasn't enough since once the cake tops were flattened the top of the castle lost some of its definition.


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The next attempt wasn't a complete success since the castles weren't exactly lined up to mirror each other but I'm getting closer. Perhaps the 3rd time will be a charm?

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The letters were cut from modeling chocolate using Marion Frost's Patchwork cutters from Global Sugar Arts. The castles for the exterior were hand cut from a modeling chocolate/fondant mixture.

Now that the cake drama is over I'm looking forward to some real drama at Downton!

Confectionately yours,
Deborah

3 comments:

Jessica said...

WOW!! You never cease to amaze me!! Beautiful work girl!!

Deborah Stauch said...

Thanks Jessica!

A Dd said...

I read, enjoy and learn from your blog. Thanks! Keep on posting.
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