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Easy Chocolate Wedding Style Cake

with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Easy
HD Lessons: 11
Decorating time: 4 hours approx
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1. The design

Paul starts by explaining the design for what he claims would be his own dream wedding cake! In this lesson, Paul won’t be ganaching to camera but for a refresher on ganching click here. This is a three-tier wedding style cake using white, milk and dark chocolate ganache….oh and let’s not forget the Baileys!

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2. Stacking the Cake

Paul shows us how to support the cake to avoid tears of frustration when transporting it. Get that spirit level ready and even out the cake surface by either scraping some ganache off or by adding some on. Do this slowly and keep using your spirit level to check your progress.
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3. Making the Ganache Sauce pt 1

In this lesson, Paul introduces an irresistible ganache sauce recipe which you’ll be tempted to use for hot chocolate and add to your coffee or anywhere else you can sneak it in! Back to the cake – This ganache sauce is a little different. The addition of liquid glucose lengthens it’s shelf life, gives it a nice glossy look and more elasticity which makes it great to work with.
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4. Preparing the Ganache Sauce pt 2

Let’s finish off making the sauce shall we? Get your hand blender at the ready and stay persistent – it will eventually become a smooth liquid. Paul tells us that 38 degrees Celsius is the perfect pouring temperature so bear that in mind when allowing it to cool.
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5. Covering the Cake with the Ganache Sauce

Please have some chocolate beside you when watching this lesson as whatever else you are eating at the time will seem so boring. Paul shows us his set up to ensure a neat and tidy workspace even after this potentially very messy and fun job – don’t hold back with the chocolate! It might be useful to have another pair of eyes to assist you or perhaps a mirror so you can make sure you are covering the whole cake.
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6. Transferring the Cake

Paul has prepared and iced the board off camera, using a 12” round cake board and a 7” round cake board. Paul shows us a clever way to protect the board form rogue ganache by cutting out a 7” circle from baking paper and placing it over the board. Then it’s the scary bit – transferring the cake – but at least you get to lick the chocolate off your hands afterwards!
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7. Decorating the Cake with Fruit

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any tastier, Paul introduces the selection of fruit he will be using to decorate the cake. This is where you can use your artistic eye and simply go with the flow or simply follow Paul’s design. What’s great is that no two cakes will look the same. A general rule of thumb is to add the largest pieces of fruit first around the centre of the cake forming the general shape of your design and then simply fill in with the rest. Something to bear in mind is how long the fruit will last and the effect it can have on the chocolate if the juices run from it. It’s a good idea to serve this cake soon after preparing it so that the fruit is lovely and fresh.
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8. The Finishing Touches

What we love most about this cake is the balance between beauty and tastiness – it really is cake you could eat every little part of! Now it is on to the finishing touches and just adding some foliage (well, eat almost every part of). This is optional and Paul almost went for flower petals but feel free to use whatever you feel will compliment your design best.
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9. Other Ideas

Paul gives us some extra ideas for the presentation of the cake as well as some other lovely decorations you can add.
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10. Pro Lesson

In this lesson Paul takes a look at the costs and pricing of this lovely cake to help all you pro members earn some fair and hard earned cash.

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11. Fast Forward

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Paul describes this simple chocolate cake as his dream wedding cake and we can see why! Not only does it look beautiful, but it uses white, milk and dark chocolate ganache with a touch of Baileys…truly decadent! This is a very simple cake to make, is perfect for a number of occasions and easy to adapt throughout the year by using seasonal fruit and foliage, making it a very versatile design.

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 185,000+ students.  

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