Custom Birthday Cake and Cupcakes – Themes: Big Bang Theory and Chinese Zodiac Signs

This past weekend, I made a custom designed, four layered chocolate cake and cupcakes for my friend’s birthday.

The back: Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep CupcakesMore after the jump!

So a brief description:

I made a super moist, four layer, dark chocolate espresso cake, with coconut frosting (mint green), chocolate fudge ganache, coconut marshmallow fondant, and chocolate sesame fondant.

http://i.imgur.com/3LWhQ.jpg

Coconut

http://i.imgur.com/OkCF9.jpg

Yummmmm

http://i.imgur.com/6Yd2N.jpg

Four layers of awesomeness!

http://i.imgur.com/g4aNQ.jpg

A layer of ganache under the mint green coconut frosting

http://i.imgur.com/qWXGF.jpg

Pro-tip: LAY the frosting on first

http://i.imgur.com/FW4L4.jpg

The BIG BDAY theory!

The cupcakes were made of the same chocolate cake, but were also filled with a raspberry cream (same technique used as with my homemade Hostess CupCakes).  I topped each cupcake with chocolate ganache before adding on the fondant sheep, modeled after Shaun the Sheep.

http://i.imgur.com/zWBwch.jpg

Shaun the Sheep!

Cushioned with homemade chocolate macarons

Cushioned with homemade chocolate macarons

http://i.imgur.com/YUlfE.jpg

Raspberry cream filling!

http://i.imgur.com/rM12Jh.jpg

Bought some cake boxes on Taobao :)

I’ll probably upload a post dedicated to decorating and fondant at some point, but I just have to say that I’ve discovered the ultimate easy recipe for brown fondant: almond flour, black sesame powder and condensed milk.  That is 100% all of it!  It’s pretty tasty, too.

Until next time!

♥’S THE BOOTLEG COOK

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