Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wedding Celebration: Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream Filling, Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting, and topped with Vanilla Buttercream with Red Sugar Roses

Chocolate Cupcake with a ring Whipped Chocolate Ganache, Chopped Salted Peanuts, Peanut Butter Buttercream and half a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup

These cakes were prepared for a small party to celebrate friends getting married in two weeks. We live in Heidelberg, but not everyone is able to travel to Ireland for the wedding.  Sooo, a dinner party and cake was just the ticket.

Heidelberg Castle...the view from my living room.
Not wanting to prepare a full blown wedding cake or a groom's cake...I tried to split the difference with chocolate and peanut butter and vanilla and pretty roses.

After the baking was completed, I built the cake...double layer (each layer was quite thick) with a generous  filling and crumb coat of peanut butter buttercream.  After it set-up in the cake fridge, I covered it with whipped chocolate ganache and accents of white vanilla buttercream.  The red sugar roses are from Wilton.

While the layer cake was setting-up in the cake fridge, I decorated with cupcakes.

I usually don't use a large round piping tip with chocolate since, I think, the resulting
frosting looks like poop on a cupcake.  For this, I knew I was adding more on
top and suspected the additional chocolate bump would be a delicious component.
These are the 1A and 1M piping tips I used for this project.

Mostly uniform in shape and size.  Also, the two layers plus 16 cupcakes were from one batter.

The chocolate base...
...I dipped the cupcake into a bowl with chopped salted peanuts.

Peanut Butter Buttercream Swirl...

...with half a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

Use of just the right cake stand/tower also helped in suggesting a 'wedding' theme.  I really liked the way it looked at the restaurant, Kulturbrauerei.

Instagram image. #thesugaryshrink

It was a great evening with friends.  Dinner, laughing, talking story, catching up, and enjoying cake... life is fantastic.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness...what an incredible project and your final Wedding Chocolate appearance FANTASTIC! Well done therefore glad to possess discovered your site!When meeting your cake decorator for the primary time, bring the maximum amount data as possible; theme of the marriage, color of your dress, woman dress and inspiration from the area and flowers. it'll create the choice easier.