Shimmering tones of gold set the scene for an elegant baby shower. Sarah Eberhardt shows how to create a clever cake that contains the biggest surprise of all.


 

Ingredients

250 grams butter, room temperature 
2 cups sugar 
5 large egg whites 
1 cup coconut milk 
2 cups flour
1 cup desiccated coconut
2 x 15cm tins, lined

White chocolate ganache

100 grams white chocolate, chopped

2 tablespoons cream

To assemble

8cm diameter circle cutter
1 kilogram fondant 
cardboard stars
gold wire
white M&Ms (available from
http://www.crazycandies.co.nz)
gold chocolate balls (available from http://www.crazycandies.co.nz)
 

Star decorations

gold cardboard
gold cake wire (available from cake decoration stores)
 

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

In a bowl, mix together the egg whites and coconut milk.

In another bowl mix together the flour and coconut. Gently fold the dry and wet ingredients into the creamed butter and sugar alternately, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.

Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Using egg whites rather than whole eggs gives this cake a whiter colour. For a yellower cake you can substitute the 5 egg whites for 4 whole eggs. Add the eggs one at a time to the creamed butter and sugar, and fold the coconut milk into it alternately with the dry ingredients.

White chocolate ganache

Heat cream to a simmer, stir in white chocolate until smooth. Leave to cool then beat until fluffy.

To assemble

Divide ganache into two thirds and one third. (You’ll use two thirds to fill the cake and the remaining third to cover the sides and top of the cake.)

Trim the top of each cake and cut each one in half horizontally so you have four layers of cake.

Place one layer on a cake board and spread a ring of ganache onto it (leaving the middle section without any ganache).

Take two of the remaining layers of cake and use the circle cutter to cut out the middle of each layer.

Place one of these layers on top of the first ganached layer, spread a layer of ganache and then repeat with the next cut out layer of cake. (Your cake will now have a hole in the centre.)

Fill the hole with the lollies and add either pink or blue ones if you want the cake to reveal the baby’s gender.

Spread this third layer with ganache and top with the last layer of cake.

Use the remaining reserved ganache to lightly cover the sides and top of the cake.

To decorate

Roll out the fondant and cover the cake. Trim and use the remaining fondant to cut small stars to place in two rows around the bottom of the cake. Then cut a large and small star and place on top of the cake in the centre.

Leave the fondant to harden (approx a day) then use an edible ink pen to write the verse around the cake. (‘twinkle twinkle little star how I wonder what you are…’)

Stars

Cut out stars in three different sizes from the gold cardboard. Sellotape a 15cm piece of gold wire to the back.

Insert the wires into the cake, using our image as a guide.


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