21 December 2014

Ombre Petal Cake

Handmade Pastel Purple Lilac Ombre Petal Cake Recipe Tutorial
Do not make this cake. This is a bake for people with far too much time on their hands. Of course, I'm pleased with how it turned out and it received plenty of 'oohs' but somewhere between the shades of purple, I was ready to throw the icing bags away and give up. Even the best bit - the eating, didn't
make it all feel like time well spent. There's enough icing on this cake to induce a diabetic coma, it's more sugar than anyone can handle in one slice. If this hasn't put you off, or you're simply curious as to how I did it, then read on.

The Cake
I made a basic Victoria Sponge cake, but you could make any cake you fancy. You'll need to ensure you have enough tiers so that there is plenty of height in the cake to create the ombre colour effect. I used a simple Mary Berry recipe, but found that 2 tiers didn't give enough height, so halved the ingredients and made a third tier. 

The Icing
You'll need a serious amount of icing, I used the following recipe:
- 250g Unsalted Butter, softened
- 600g Icing Sugar
- 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
- A dash of Milk
- Dr Oetker Gel Food Colouring in 'Ultra Violet'

For my first, palest layer of 'petals' I didn't use any colouring, but if I was doing this recipe again (never) then I would add a small drop, as I feel it looks quite yellow and doesn't blend quite right with the other shades. I also could've done with more definition between the middle rows of colour. In all I used the whole tube of gel colouring, so you may want to buy 2 so that you've got more colour variation.

Start by covering the whole cake in a very thin layer of icing so that you have a smooth, even base to work with. The petal icing technique was actually very simple, I'd never tried it before, so I'm sure anyone could get the same results. You could try practicing first on a piece of baking paper, but if you do make a mistake on the cake you can easily wipe it off.

Pipe a small blob of icing, then with a palette knife, hover roughly half way across the blob. Gently squash it down and drag it out. Pipe the next blob in the drag of the previous blob and repeat. You'll need to continually wipe your palette knife to ensure each petal is neat.

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