MiniCakes: St Patrick’s Day 2013

I started to think about this month’s blog and the fact that March is the month for St Patrick’s Day. I had visions of green cupcakes, shamrocks and little pots of gold made from cachous and black fondant when I decided that I could do something a little more ‘sophisticated’ than just a cupcake.Keeping with the idea of ‘tiny’, I decided to make some delicious mini fondant covered cakes – devil’s food cakes; delicious by the way  (off cuts eaten before the kids got a chance!) – that havecould be fashionably decorated. In keeping with St Patrick’s day, they are still green, but without corny toppers. Mini cakes are a great way to use off cuts, create themed cakes in tower form (more structural and sophisticated than cupcakes) or give a special personalised cake-gift.

 

I wanted to make them a little bigger then the cookie cutters that I had, so I used egg rings to cut my cakes.

I wanted to make them a little bigger then the cookie cutters that I had, so I used egg rings to cut my cakes.

I began by baking a regular 8inch square cake and once it was cooled levelled and split it into two layers.  I cut both circle and square cakes. Obviously, depending on the size cutter you use, the number of cakes you can cut out will vary. You could even cut different sized cakes and make mini tiered cakes too.  These are the cut outs…

two-layer mini cakes

I gnachéd, covered and decorated as I would normally with fondant.

Gnachéd and ready to cover...

Gnachéd and ready to cover…

Covered in fondant and ready to decorate...

Covered in fondant and ready to decorate…not a fan of the textured rolling pin

The ruffle cake is a bit fashionable at the moment, so thought I’d give a mini version a go. Quite happy with this one considering I did it with a steak knife and a chopstick! Just shows that you don’t need expensive tools…mine are in the storage shed, I only realised when I sat down to decorate 🙁

Two of my 'sophisticated-green' mini cakes for St Patrick's Day 2013

Two of my ‘sophisticated’ green mini cakes for St Patrick’s Day 2013

There are a few ways to make the ruffle effect in fondant. I did something similar to this

My attempt atversion of a mini ruffle cake.

My version of a mini ruffle cake.

 

Marbled fondant and rose with pearls

Marbled fondant and rose with pearls

Here’s hoping your St Patricks Day is full of fun. Try creating a mini cake or two and share them on our facebook page. Happy baking!

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