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asked November 23rd 2012

Sponges for novelty cakes

Hi

I need to ask a question that has been asked before in Q&A section , several suggestions have been given but since nobody posted their results that how their cakes turned out to be , here I am again ….. for novelty cakes is moist chocolate cake sponge is good ? for eg topsy turvy (for cutting at an angle) , teddy bear cake (since toffee cake recipe isnt given) pirate ship etc . The chocolate cake that Paul uses in his video is moist chocolate cake? It definitely have a very nice texture .
Also for teddy bear cake , the icing use for fur is fudge and if I cannot get fudge in market will ONLY buttercream can give spikes or any other thing should be added to it.

Thanks

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Hi

I need to ask a question that has been asked before in Q&A section , several suggestions have been given but since nobody posted their results that how their cakes turned out to be , here I am again ….. for novelty cakes is moist chocolate cake sponge is good ? for eg topsy turvy (for cutting at an angle) , teddy bear cake (since toffee cake recipe isnt given) pirate ship etc . The chocolate cake that Paul uses in his video is moist chocolate cake? It definitely have a very nice texture .
Also for teddy bear cake , the icing use for fur is fudge and if I cannot get fudge in market will ONLY buttercream can give spikes or any other thing should be added to it.

Thanks

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Hi Neha28,

Not really sure what your question is, however, Paul uses his moist chocolate cake for all the novelty cakes (all cakes that need shaping in any way). Not too sure about the topsy turvy cake as I have not watched the video yet so cannot say. For the teddy bear cake, yes it is moist chocolate cake and I think Paul uses butter cream for the fur, the butter cream can be any flavour and colour as long as it is firm enough to pipe so you can get the right texture. I hope I have answered your question for you.

By the way, I make Paul’s chocolate cake all the time now and it is very good for carving etc. I have made the handbag, the jimmy choo cake, the halloween cake and the star explosion cake.

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Hello Neha

Here is a fudge icing recipe which you might like http://www.food.com/recipe/dreamy-vanilla-buttercream-frosting-149140, it uses condensed milk. There are many other recipes online if you just google ‘butter cream with condensed milk’. You might like to also search ‘fudge icing’ in this site, there is an answer from David which might be helpful to you. The moist chocolate cake recipe is fine for novelty cakes/carving. It is best to carve it while semi frozen, then keep popping it in the fridge when you’re not working on it. Hope this helps.

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Thanks Jgibb and madeitwithlove

I just wanted to know that the sponge Paul uses in video is chocolate sponge or any other and which icing is best for teddy bear fur as I cannot find plain fudge icinig in market only chocolate fudge is available.

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My daughter doesn’t like chocolate and I wanted to make the Tatty Teddy for her birthday…which recipie should I use for sponge? I’ve only been on the site a few days and am still finding my way around so sorry if this has been posted elsewhere!

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Hi JoeB

I used Mrs JOne’s Sponge recipe to make topsy turvy cake and it was fine , was able to shape it perfectly , hope it works for teddy bear also

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Hi JoeB

Firstly welcome! You can use any sponge with a dense texture like madeira for instance. There is lots of information on madeira cake on the site and you’ll find it by looking under ‘popular questions’ on the right hand side of this page. Paul also uses a toffee cake for a couple of tutorials. We don’t have his recipe but if you search under ‘toffee cake’, you’ll find a member’s recipe and comments about Wright’s toffee cake mix. A lot of children’s novelty cakes can also be made by using the all in one method where all the ingredients are thrown in and mixed together until just combined. This method uses baking powder with self raising flour because the batter is not aerated so needs an extra chemical boost to enable it to rise. For really good lemon or vanilla cake recipes have a look at Jane Hornby on the BBC food site or, just google in her name, and this is a lovely coconut cake recipe http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/22/coconut-mascarpone-cake-recipe-wedding recipe.
There is also lots on information on the blog section on different topics which may be of interest to you. I’m sure other members will also respond with helpful tips. Happy baking and decorating JoeB.

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