Saturday, October 30, 2010

Over the roof, Roof Top Cake

Halloween is just around the corner! Seems all exciting, but because of the busy schedule and exam that went on in the past week, I just couldn't churn out anything more. Considering all the Halloween fun and baking I had last year with my friends, this year was sure a quiet one. Sure miss my buddies back in KL...*sigh*. :P Now I can only look forward to seeing them in the coming trip that I have planned for months. *fingers crossed* Looking on the bright side, middle of this week I still manage to bake something fun which I have been wanting to try for a long time. :)) What is it? It's a Roof Top Cake! As you can see, I didn't do a neat job on this. :P So bare with me on this not so "stable" roof, lol!
It's actually a simple chocolate chiffon recipe with basic whipped cream and chocolate ganache. It is the "building" of this roof a little tricky. :P And unfortunately I didn't manage to take good pictures, hopefully I can still walk you through this clearly. :P

Recipe for Chocolate Roof Top Cake:
Ingredients for egg yolk mixture:
4 egg yolks
50g melted quality dark chocolate
70ml fresh milk
80g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
20g unsweetened cocoa powder
60g cake flour
70g plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
90g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder

Egg White Mixture:
5 egg white
1/8 tsp. Cream of Tartar
90g sugar

Note that I will not to posting the steps for the chocolate chiffon cake. Please refer to my previous chiffon recipes for more details. The main difference is I used a 10 inches by 14 inches baking tray instead of a chiffon tube pan to bake the cake. Bake at 170C for 12 minutes.

  1. Once the chocolate cake sheet has fully cooled down, carefully measure the length of the longer side and divide the cake in ratio of 6:5:4:3. Mine was 32 cm, so I cut the cake into 12cm, 10 cm, 8 cm and 6cm.
  2. Place the widest sheet at the bottom and frost it with your favorite cream filling, I used simple whipped cream. Then top with the next wider sheet and frost again. Repeat this till the last sheet of cake is placed on top. Refer to picture 2.
  3. Cut the cake stack in to 2 equal halves as seen in picture 3. Then gently flip the cut side down for both halves and move them so that the taller ends are places facing each other.
  4. Ice whipped cream between the 2 halves before merging them together as seen in Picture 4. Using a good serrated knife, trim off the sides of the slope so that it's not "jaggered" but a neat slope down on both sides. Enjoy munching off the trimmings, lol!
  5. Frost the sides of the roof with more cream. See picture 5.
  6. Pour chocolate ganache over the roof so that it covers it with an even coat. See picture 6.
*Phew!* I am not so good in writing such detail steps, so please pardon me, lol! Hope I have made it clear enough for those that are interested to try this cake out. :P
Fact: I love this cake, it contains everything I crave! Soft dark chocolate cake and rich chocolaty ganache with creamy whipped cream....super duper yum! A big mouthful and let it slowly melt away in your mouth. :)

I think one of my main mistake is the consistency of my ganache. The ratio of chocolate vs heavy cream was not correct and thus it was slightly harder. So when I slice the cake, the ganache was a wee bit hard to cut and it cracked in some areas. *haiz!* O well, we learn as we go right? ;)

As promised, hope this cake is slightly more interesting then my previous post and "entice" you to take up this mini challenge to make a chocolate roof cake yourself as well. :) most importantly, have fun doing it! I feel like I am "playing" half the time, lol!

Exams are over (almost I think), I bet there are numerous plans you have up your sleeves to spend with your kids. I know I have. ;)) Have a great and fun weekend all!! Oh...and Happy Scary Halloween! Heehee!


DG said...

Yummy roof top cake! I made something similar before, the cake is delicious especially with the ganache, however, thinking of the crafting part, lots of patient to be involved. Yours look perfect!
Happy halloween to you n family and have a great weekend! :)

lena said...

good try! looks yummy too! where did you get this idea from?

ReeseKitchen said...

Oh this is very interesting cake leh..but the steps seems abit difficult to handle (to me I mean)..;p Oh halloween...we all still talked about the celebration we had last fun!! But this year no celebrate for the girls lo...we lazy and you are not around with us..;p
Happy Halloween to you..:)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so sharing your yummy looking 'roof top' cake. You are so good at baking, clap clap.
Have a good weekend
best regards

Angie's Recipes said...

Look pretty! That's a lot of work....

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

The elements of your cake are delicious but you will never find me constructing a project like this... I don't have patience of all ghe great mum bloggers out there..:)...but I have to admit you have inspired me... An idea is forming...

Swee San said...

hey just wanna let u know, there's a triangular mould for cakes like these ... :)

WendyinKK said...

I've always wondered how to achieve this look. Now I know, thanks for sharing :)

Miss Halloween back in the States?

Edith said...

Wow this really take time and patience which I doubt I have the latter.

quizzine said...

This is indeed a very interesting way of assembling the cake! Was wondering how you did it until I saw your pictures-speak-a-thousand-words step-by-step, tks for sharing....But I don't think I have the courage & skill to try it out :p

busygran said...

Well done! Nice delicious roof!

Pei-Lin said...

I still think the rooftop cake looks very well done nonetheless! If only I can be as good as a cake maker as you are!

I know you miss your friends in KL lar ... LOL! Hope your months of planning will come true soon! KL welcomes you back! Hehehe ...

ann low said...

WOW! Nice roof top cake :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks DG! I will be sure to go check our your blog on this cake later. ;) I wish mine is a little neater though. But thanks for the encouragement!

Thanks Lena! I saw it When I was blog hopping the other day and thought that it was brilliant. So I draft the idea down and got to try it out finally. ;)

@Reese: yeah, I sure miss the time we had our Halloween party! So much good food and the kids had so much fun too! You know my A& A kept asking me whether we are gonna have a Halloween party or not. :P Hopefully we will have a chance next time lar.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks for the encouragement Lori. :) *doing my curtsy* actually I still have so much to learn and so many thing to try. :)

Thanks Angie! I some how enjoyed this crafting thingy, lol!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Shirley: Idea is good! I am so glad I am inspiring you, hahaha! Looking forward to see your new interesting post. :)

@Swee San: Actually part of the fun making this cake is to constructing & crafting it out. Besides I get to sneak a bite with the trimmings, lol! But thanks for letting me know, if I ever need to mass produce this, will definitely look for the mould. :)

@Wendy: you bet I miss Halloween in States! It's full blown fun. They spare no expense in their dress up and decorations. Fact, they love this holiday, they become someone/ something else this day. Don't get me started on the kids! They get to stay out late knocking on strangers' doors and pig out on candies... Who doesn't like Halloween?? A couple years and you will be suck into the fun of it all, getting dress up, making scary treats, making ur house all spook and eagerly waiting for the cute little kids to gone knocking at your door saying "Trick or treat!!!!"

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Edith! Of all bloggers I have met, you are one of the few that are really good in crafting, especially your fondant cakes! So this is definitely no problem for u too. :)

@Esther: Hmmm... If you cut carefully and assemble it as seen on the photos, it's basically cutting and frosting. :) Hope you will try it out too. :)

Thanks busygran!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Pei-Lin: thanks for your compliment. :) no larr, you should see my cakes more carefully, so much rough patches!! Hahaha, you bet I miss my friend in KL.

@Ann: thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I have always wondered how this cake was made. Your step by step pictures really explained everything! thanks so much for sharing!

Cooking Gallery said...

What a cool looking cake! Very creative indeed !!

Bakericious said...

Bee Bee, the cake looks gorgeous, kudo to your patience on this! This is another recipe into my To Bake list but dun think I can do up the roof top cake, just a normal cake for me :P

Jo said...

This looks really cute and many years ago, I had always wondered how this cake's shape came about. A bit of work though but the end result speaks for itself.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

You are most welcome crustabakes. :) Hope the steps are clear enough for you to try it out. :)

Thanks Cooking Gallery. :)

@Jess: I think sometimes I just want to challenge myself and see if I can do it or not, lol! Hmmm...actually not that hard, just cutting and icing the cake, you should try it. My family loved it very much...don't know the shape got something to do with it or not. :))

@Jo: Yeah I too wondered how it was "constructed" before I came to know the recipe. :) Thanks for dropping by. :)

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls said...

That looks AMAZING! I could sure go for a piece of that right now ;)


Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

WOW, this is new to me, roof top cake huh!! ya, it look very similar to a roof, hehehe..Thanks for sharing this.

Dimah said...

It looks absolutely stunning!

My Restaurants Melbourne said...

I'm amazed at how much effort you have put into this cake! looks fantastic!! i really admire your recipes