5 Showstopper Cakes I’d Really Like To Make
Hands up whose favourite part of The Great British Bake Off is the final showstopper round? Seeing all those incredible and beautiful bakes come together? I don’t really have much time to bake something special; the last time I did, I made Peggy Porschen’s Limoncello Layer Cake for my leaving party, and I only got to sample one slice as it went pretty quickly. I really enjoyed making it, but it would have been nice to enjoy eating it a bit more! Other than that, usually I’m, just cooking evening meals, and biscuits and cookies to satisfy my sugar cravings during the day. Over the holidays, I’m usually working on testing and developing new recipes for the blog and for some of my other projects. But, I’ve decided. This coming Summer when I return to my mothers incredibly kitted out kitchen and my new Nigella Lawson cake stand I ordered at the beginning of the year waiting for me, I’m going to make sure I bake at least a couple big showstopper, celebration layer cakes. Just, well, because. I’m also going to enjoy more than one slice!
Even though this cake is actually supposed to be a wedding cake, it is totally happening for a Summer Dinner party. Just look at those peaches, and the burnt sugar, and all that white frosting with the juices running down the side? Doesn’t it just scream Summer? I’ve been hoarding peach recipes all year I want to try out when they are in season, how would this cake not be the perfect thing to kick that cooking spree off with?
I’ve had this recipe for a Chocolate Brownie Mousse Cake bookmarked for quite a while, but it was not until I was drooling over something similar in the cake display case at The Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica (I’m posting a piece on my Huckleberry experience tomorrow) and I think stumbled across the recipe again while transferring all my recipe bookmarks to Evernote Food for iPad (such an amazing app to keep all the recipes you’ve stumbled across online all in one place, easy to browse and quite literally at your fingertips) did I realise that I can’t let another year go past without attempting it. Prepare for death by chocolate.
It is not so much this cake I’m interested in making (though it will be a good chance to practice my layer cake frosting technique), but the slightly molten, slightly golden and slightly drippy ganache that tops it. That must take a level of skill and control to get it perfectly on top and down the sides of the cake like that, something I’d love to master. I might also put my own type of cookies in the middle of the cake, as I’m not a massive Orea fan. Or, make homemade Oreos to go in the middle? Now there is an idea!
Okay, so I know this is actually a Christmas showstopper, and I probably will be waiting until Christmas to make it, rather than making it a Summer project, but I really wanted to include it in this roundup as it just looks so fantastic, and really lives up to the point of this post. For those of you who are food blog savvy, you might recognise the style of the photo as being from one of my all time favourite food and food photography blogs; What Katie Ate. So make this a placeholder for some of the showstoppers she has at the back of her beautiful cookbook that I am slowly working my way through, some of which I might just get to making, and more importantly enjoying this Summer!
Marshmallow. And chocolate. And lots of layers. Please explain to me what is not to love about this cake? I need to find a friend who has a birthday at a time when I’ll be able to take the time to make them a nice, big indulgent layer cake. I think by the end of this post I’m running out of excuses to make them for myself, just because! Just imagine, this cake with the top littered with brightly coloured birthday candles? It would make my day for sure, especially as I did not get a birthday cake this year; it can be belated!
Have you got any big baking projects planned for the Summer? As well as making one or two layer cakes, I have so many barbecue related recipes and ideas I can’t wait to be in front of the grill to try out!