Saturday, November 3, 2012

Noah's Ark .... a Cake or an Ark?

I have not made a fondant cake for a long, long time and decided it was time to put in some practice.  I decided to try out this particular design from "Cake Shaping" by Helen Penman which I had borrowed from the local library.

The fondant is home-made and the cake itself is a chocolate sheet cake.  The original design had a pair of hippos but somehow I could not manage to get the hippo's face.  After several attempts I gave up and went with little piggies instead

Noah's 1

Noah's 4

Noah's 5

Chocolate Sheet Cake
Recipe Adapted from Joy of Baking

1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup (25 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed), sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (75 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup (240 ml) warm water
1 tablespoon lemon juice (or vinegar)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Grese a 8 inch (20 cm) square cake pan,

2)  In a bowl stir together the flour, sugar, sifted cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the melted butter, water, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.

3) With a fork, mix all the ingredients together until well blended. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.


Noah's 3



Angie's Recipes said...

A cake, an ark and a masterpiece!

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse said...

agreed with Angie! the cake is so lovely!

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse said...

agreed with Angie! the cake is so lovely!

ann low said...

Very impressive! So cute and pretty :)

Alice said...

oh what a lovely cake!

Anonymous said...

This is really sweet. I love your animals.

Passionate About Baking said...

It's very beautifully crafted!

Jo said...

Thanks everyone :P

noobcook said...

you never fail to amaze me with your skills. This is super cute!

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