Sunday, May 5, 2013

Polka Dots and Stripes Cake for Sandra's Birthday

Last Friday was Sandra's birthday, and of course I made her a cake to celebrate.   I wanted to trump last year's tomato soup cake, so I dug deep into my limited decorating skills and made the Polka Dots and Stripes Cake from the Australian Women's Weekly Decorating Cakes.  This cake comprises 4 layers of butter cake - one yellow, one pink, one purple and one green - put together with white chocolate ganache, then covered with white fondant and decorated with fondant dots to match the colours of the layers in the cake.

Here is Sandra cutting into her cake:

This is the surprise hiding inside the cake:


The cacophony of colours inside the cake is a wonder to behold:

Instead of using 4 packet cakes, as suggested in the book, I made two butter cakes, each of which I divided into two layers, using this recipe (which is also featured in the book).  I used liquid colours to colour the cake batter and gel colours to colour the fondant.

You can use your own favourite cake and ganache recipes to make this cake, which is simple but effective.

I was excited when the layers were sliced through and I finally got to see the colours inside the cake!

Hope you have been having a great weekend. 



Jill said...

It looks fantastic! What a fun cake.

The Caked Crusader said...

What a treat! Love multi-layered sponges like looks a lovely textured sponge too!

yummychunklet said...

Pretty fondant decorations. Love the colored cake layers!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That's gorgeous and I love a surprise cake. I'm making a coloured layer cake for mother's day-wish me luck! :D

Johanna GGG said...

fantastic cake - I love it even more because it has a green layer

Cindy said...

What a beautiful looking cake--inside and out! You are one amazing friend.
My birthday is October 26--I live in Utah!!

Kari said...

This is such a fun way of making a cake. I've seen a similar thing once before and was so impressed - I know how much effort it must be doing the cake layers separately. The result is definitely worth it though. Such a nice surprise when you cut inside!

Kayte said...

Sandra's birthday cake is so lovely (and so is she, even when wielding a knife!). The inside just adds to the party, doesn't it...all those lovely colors of flavors, so pretty and such fun!