Buttercream Garden Cake

Monday, 5 March 2012

A moist Green & Blacks chocolate triple layer sponge, filled with buttercream in between each layer. Cake design was inspired by Primrose Bakery’s unique creations, and grass-like piping by Faircake!  I used a mixture of Sugarcraft’s ‘Holly Green’ concentrated paste and Silver Spoon’s standard ‘Green’ food colouring to make the colour of the buttercream grass. All other sugar craft on the cake uses Americolor’s hot pink (just a smidge). This cake was the first to place itself on top of my all new swanky PMA turntable, which I’m still adjusting to (hence why the cake looks so shit in terms of how well I’ve iced it, as you can see NOT VERY WELL). I really enjoyed making this one, can’t wait for round two so I can perfect all the flaws this cake so clearly has. 
Daisy Sugarcraft Mould

Americolor Fusia Pink Flower & Sugarflair Holly Green Leaves
Americolor Fusia Pink Flower & Sugarflair Holly Green Leaves
The Recipe:
2 cups caster sugar
Quarter cup cocoa powder
1 and a quarter cup cake flour
120g margarine (1 cup)
2 eggs 
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Half cup of hot coffee 
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk 
1 batch Vanilla Buttercream (see Vanilla Cupcake post)

The Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and make sure all ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Cream together margarine and sugar and then add the eggs one at a time until you have a light mixture.
  • Pour in the buttermilk.
  • Add in vanilla, salt, bicarb and baking powder and stir once. 
  • Slowly add the rest of the dry ingredients and gently stir till just combined. 
  • Now add the coffee, remembering to keep stiring to a minimum. 
  • Line three cake tins and pour in the chocolate mixture. Tap onto the work surface once to eliminate air out of the mixture before placing in the oven.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. 
  • Prepare the buttercream.
  • Freeze cakes before decorating them for a more even finish.
  • Decorate as you please :)
    Americolor Fusia Pink Daisy


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