A Chocolate Bucket Cake for Calendar Cakes
I was very happy this month to discover that the Calendar Cakes Challenge hosted by Laura Loves Cake and Dolly Bakes was British Summertime as I had the perfect cake in mind. I chose to make a bucket cake from Fiona Cairn’s ‘The Birthday Cake Book’. What could be more perfect for British Summertime than a trip to the seaside with a bucket and spade and this cake was designed to look like a bucket on the beach – topped with sand and shells!
For my Bucket Cake I didn’t follow Fiona Cairn’s recipe for Neapolitan Cake which would have been lovely – I was short of time so opted to make a quick chocolate version. I baked two 6″ chocolate cakes and when cooled sandwiched them together with chocolate butter cream. I then put them in the freezer for a short time so that they were easier to carve into the shape of a bucket. I then followed Fiona’s instructions for covering the cake with a layer of buttercream then sugarpaste and decorating with crushed digestives for sand and filling with chocolate shells!
To take a look at this month’s Calendar Cakes entries hosted by Dolly Bakes please look at http://www.dollybakes.co.uk/p/calendar-cakes.html
Last month’s amazing Olympics entries are at http://lauralovescakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/drum-roll-please.html
I made my Bucket Cake as a gift for two gorgeous little boys whose parents were getting married and had asked me to make their wedding cake. They had a beach theme for their wedding held at the stunning Haven Hotel at Sandbanks Beach so my cake had to reflect their theme as well as to include their chosen colours. The little bucket cake fitted into the theme too and the boys were delighted with their own cake!
I made a three tier chocolate cake at their request and decorated it with shells made from sugarpaste using a mould. I then made the topper of two larger shells from sugarpaste by copying a shell from the beach! The cupcakes were all vanilla with various sugarpaste toppers to match the cake.