Monday, 2 June 2014

Gluten-Free Chocolate Formal Suit Birthday Cake

University is finished for me, and as from yesterday, I'm officially not a student anymore (No more student discounts nooo!!!).  Now its time to play the waiting game for results. 

Lets start with good news, including my first official job as a pastry chef in London (wooo! Yes you can applaud). I can't say where I'm working at this stage, but its super fantastic, but because I'm an enigma I keeping it quiet. However, I am sad to leave my current job. All the people I was working with made it feel like it wasn't work but it was a playground of chocolate and discussing odd customers. Thank you all for making the time more fun and special.
Also, I'm doing another patisserie course in September, so by a technicality, I'll be a student (again!!) and I'll be living the grand student life, with my other half. That's right totally living the dream. So now that university is over I can focus loads more on the blog. So watch this space baking lovers!

But enough about that, how are you? I hope that you've been enjoying the summer so far. This weeks cake is a gluten-free 2 tiered cake with decorated to look like a suit. Its kind of my second attempt ever on making a novelty cake and the first time making this cake design. The cake was designed for my friend Zoe, who requested it for her boyfriend Scott, who likes a little bit of luxury in life. A guy who is smartly dressed and has good taste (especially in cake). 

So here it is, Scott's Gluten Free Chocolate Birthday Cake. 
Scott, I hope you enjoyed your birthday and you had an excellent time. Hope you enjoyed the cake. You have a lovely girlfriend who deserves a great big hug and thank-you for all her effort for organising your birthday bash!

Recipe: Makes 2 gluten free cakes with  2 layers in each cake.
        460g dark chocolate at least 70% cocoa solids
·       240g unsalted butter, at room temperature
·       700g golden caster sugar
·       6 large eggs, separated
·       740g Doves Farm Gluten-Free Plain flour, sifted
·       4 teaspoons gluten free baking power
·       3 teaspoons gluten free bicarbonate of soda
    1 teaspoons salt
·       1litre semi-skimmed milk, at room temperature
·       4 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Chocolate Buttercream
·       175g dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids
·       225g unsalted butter
·       1 tablespoon semi-skimmed milk, room temperature
·       1teaspoon vanilla extract
·       250g icing sugar, sifted

·       200g  Midnight blue sugar paste
·       Edible glue
·       500g white sugar paste
·       500g grey sugar paste

·       Electric hand-mixer
        Bowl x3
·       Mixer/wooden spoon
·       Measuring Jug
·       Sieve
·       Teaspoon
·       Tablespoon
·       20cm/ 8 inch square cake tin x 2
·       15cm/ 6 inch square cake tin x 2
·       Palette knife
·       Light oil spray/butter for greasing the tin
·       Silicone paper
·       Heatproof bowl
·       Saucepan filled with water
·       Metal spoon
·       Scissors
·       A4 paper
·       Pen
·       Ruler
·       Small sharp knife
·       Grey ribbon
·       Double sided tape
·       Silver board
·       Cake smoother
        Large serrated knife

For the Cake (Recipe adapted from Cupcakes from Primrose Bakery):
1.    Pre-heat the oven to 170c fan/190c/375f/Gas Mark 5 and grease the tins with the light oil spray/butter and line with silicone paper.
2.    Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until completely melted. Set aside to cool.
3.    In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until pale and smooth, which should 3-5 minutes using an electric mixer. Put the egg yolks into the creamed mixture and beat well.
4.    Add the melted chocolate to the creamed mixture and beat well.
5.    Combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in separate bowl all sieved together. 
6.    Combine the milk, and vanilla extract in a jug.
7.    Add one-third of the flour to the creamed mixture and beat well. Pour in one-third of the milk mixture and beat again. Repeat these steps until all the flour and milk has been added.
8.    Clean your whisk!
9.    In a clean bowl whisk the egg whites with a clean whisk, until soft peaks form.
10.Carefully fold the egg whites with a metal spoon into the cake batter.
11.Divide the mixture between the two cake tins and bake for 30 minutes. Insert a skewer in the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean it’s done.
12. Remove from the oven and leave the cakes in their tins for about an 1 hour  before carefully placing on a wire rack to cool. Once completely cool, you can ice the cake.
13. If you need to trim the tops of the cakes to make them flat do so at this stage when completely cooled. 

For the Buttercream (Recipe adapted from Cupcakes from Primrose Bakery):
1.    To make the chocolate buttercream, melt the chocolate as in step 2 of the cake recipe. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and the icing sugar until smooth-this can take several minutes using an electric hand mixer. Add the chocolate and beat until all of the chocolate has been incorporated. 
2.    To assemble use a palette knife to spread the icing into the middles of each cake and around the outside of the cakes.

1.    Roll the white icing to cover the bigger cake, trim as needed and
place on the silver board. Then roll out the grey icing to cover the smaller cake. Set both cakes aside for now.
2.    Measure the height and width of the bottom tier of the cake and,
 using these measurements as a guide, draw a triangle on a sheet of A4 paper-So one side should be the height of the cake and the other should be the width of the cake. Cut out this triangle.

3.    Knead a section of the midnight blue paste and roll out thinly. Place the triangle on top of the paste and, using it as a template, cut around it with a small knife. Repeat this until you have 8 triangles. Set aside.
4.    Roll out the midnight blue paste again and cut out 2 circles for the buttons.
5.    Roll out the midnight blue paste again. Using a cake smoother, cut a strip of paste roughly 20cm long and 6cm wide. Fold the two ends of the strip over to meet in the middle and stick them down with edible glue. Pad out the loops with kitchen paper, then pinch the strip in the centre to make realistic-looking creases.
6.    Cut a second shorter (7cm long and 4cm wide) and wrap it around the front of the bow, using edible glue to stick two ends of together at back. Allow your bow to dry or it is going to melt!
7.    Attach the midnight blue triangles to the bottom tier using edible glue-This is of course is the jacket of the suit.
8.    Using the previous triangle temple make a lapel shape. Roll out the midnight blue taste (again!!) and cut out the lapel shape. Brush with edible glue and place onto the front of you cake.
9.    Stick on the buttons that you did in step 4.
10.  Take the grey ribbon and wrap around the base of the top tier and seal with double sided tape.
11.  Carefully place the top tier onto the bottom tier with edible glue (or any leftover buttercream).

12. Finally, brush the bow tie with edible glue and stick it to the front of the top tier. Hold in place for a couple of minutes. 
13. Optional, you can pipe a birthday message or the birthday boys initials, if you like by using vanilla buttercream icing or premade icing.  

I hope you've been enjoyed reading and what's your favourite gluten free recipe? Leave a comment to let us know!

Bake On! Penny x
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