Archive for October, 2008

KeroKeroppi Birthday Cake

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

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I generally do not celebrate birthdays. It is not that I don’t like to celebrate them. I am just not used to birthday parties. My parents’ idea of celebrating their children’s birthdays or their own birthdays is going out for a dinner which sometimes does not happen on the exact day. Come to think of it, it was not really a dinner to celebrate birthdays. It was more like “Wasn’t it someone’s birthday few days ago? let’s go out and eat now”. They were not planned. I am not complaining. It does not even bother me. How can you miss something that you are not used to. It is like asking a villager in Africa if they miss eating sushi or not (assuming that the villager has not tasted sushi) :-)

It was one of house mate’s birthday. I decided to put my cake decorating skill to use. The cake itself was a blackforrest cake. The design idea was supposed to be one of manga’s character. But, since I did not have enough color for fully depicting a manga character, a kerokeroppi is enough right?

So, Happy Birthday house mate! May Allah bless you for the rest of your life. Amin.

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Buttercream Recipe (by fatmah bahalwan)
1 kg butter
1 can of condensed milk

Direction
Beat continuously until fluffy.

Tutorial on buttercream transfer
I have been asked quite a lot how to actually do buttercream transfer –It is a technique that I used to make the kerokeroppi drawing for this cake–. I took several pictures depicting the steps involved. They are pretty self-explanatory. If you need further explanation, drop me a line.

1 Start out by having:
-the drawing of your choice
-A nice and sturdy plastic map that we will be drawing on.
-Colored buttercream in decorating bags. This will be your “pencil”. Cut the tip of your decorating bags with a scissor when you are ready to draw
-A piece of cardboard box.
Assemble the drawing media in the following order (bottom to top): cardboard box – drawing – plastic map

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2 Fill the outline of your drawing. I did not have a black food coloring. I used very dark brown instead.

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3 Fill the rest of your drawing.

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4 Take out a toothpick. Make repeated moves of pressing the toothpick on the drawing. This would even out the level of buttercream on the drawing as well as to get rid of air bubbles. Remember to do one color at a time!

6 Make a second layer of buttercream on your drawing. This does not have to be the same color as your first layer. Even out the layer with an angled spatula.

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5 Put the drawing in the freezer. let it sit for about 20-30 minutes.

6 While you wait, fill another decorating bag with buttercream. Put wilton spuit no 15 (sometimes, I use 18) at the tip of the decorating bag. If you don’t have any wilton spuit, you can use any tip that is shaped like stars.

7 Take out your drawing from the freezer. Put it on top of the cake and remove the plastic map. Fill the outer edges of your drawing with buttercream. This will help to hold the shape of your drawing.

 

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8 Decorate the rest of the cake

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