Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream covered with Marzipan
This is the Test Kitchen.
My goal was to make something that looks a bit like a circus ball that will go on top of a layer cake. A hand-painted paper elephant taped to a bamboo skewer will "balance" on the cake ball.
What I have is something about halfway to there. I have baked this shape before for a cake last summer, but covered it with buttercream - which was far more forgiving than marzipan.
Things that went well.
Both halves of the cake baked well. I placed the cupcake in the top of the cake while each was still warm; this helps both cakes mesh together. The downside, I couldn't fill the center column with candy from the top - I had to fill both sides then flip the top over. It went well enough.
I had leftover cake batter and baked some cute little cupcakes. This were a smash hit.
The crumb-coating went really well and I was happy with the results.
I really liked the way the candy spilled out of this piñata cake...it says "party."
Things that could have gone better.
I'm not happy with the color of the plain marzipan - the appears a bit...unfinished? Now I need to figure out what color to make this ball. Or, figure out how to cover this in buttercream that will look nice and smooth.
I used 200gr of marzipan to cover the cake ball and really needed 300gr so, it wasn't quite finished.
No matter what, it's still good times. And I love that my life partner is a willing to offer feedback on taste and presentation.