Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Rocket Ship Cake: Part 2

Chocolate Sponge Cake with White Truffle Filling & Butter Cream IcingMy son's birthday was today, meaning that the terribly cute twos are over and we are starting the threes, it also means that the Rocket Ship cake has launched!!! The question is whether or not the launch was successful...

Let's start with the pros...as far as taste goes the cake itself was very good and I would definitely use Jacques Pepin's chocolate sponge cake recipe again. The icing was nice in flavour, but could have been a little more buttery (considering it was a buttercream recipe). I used a Betty Crocker base recipe and added some cream cheese and a little salt to try and soften the sweetness. The fresh sweet cherry reduction used for colouring worked very well and added great flavour to go with the chocolate cake. The filling was a white chocolate truffle, although I think it got lost a little bit with the powerful chocolate cake and icing flavour (in other words not a great use of $10 of organic white chocolate). Taste was a success.

Now on to the rocket ship part...let's start by saying I don't think NASA will be calling anytime soon for my blue prints. My first problem was that I couldn't find a small spring form cake pan, hence the smallest pan I could find was 8 inches. My second problem was the icing was not fondant, I guess I should have known from watching enough cake shows on TV that if you want it to look great use fondant. I put taste first.... My third problem was that I didn't want to waste cake by cutting away the sides to make a nice torpedo shape. Hence the end result was more of a tasty rocket boob, oops I mean blob. Although you can be judge...

But in the end, the only thing that matters is that my son thought it was a rocket ship (after we told him), he wanted seconds and had a great birthday!