PINK PEARL LADY CAKE

 

March 10, 2015

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Oh sweet 16. A special celebration needs a special cake, and the Pink Pearl Lady Cake couldn't be more perfect. The cake itself is tender and moist. The filling is creamy and smooth. The fondant is flavourful, and the birthday girl is thrilled! She gave me such a nice hug--in fact the whole family did and her brothers placed their orders for their birthday cakes. Cake is what makes the world go around.

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Instructions

CAKE BATTER

  • I've had this heart shaped pan for about 10 years and never used it. I hadn't even taken the label off, but I knew exactly where it was and gave it a good washing out.
  • The batter went together easily, and I dabbed a touch of Christmas red gel in the egg yolks and crossed my fingers the cake wouldn't be too red or a yucky yellow pink.

Prepared heart shaped pan with red food coloring in the egg yolks.
Prepared heart shaped pan with red food coloring in the egg yolks.

Luscious cake batter.
Luscious cake batter.

  • It baked with a big crack in it. Darn. No, I didn't make a cupcake, I just poured all the batter into the cake pan. Aside from the crack, the cake came out well.

Baked cake with a crack.
Baked cake with a crack.

WHITE CHOCOLATE FONDANT

  • Cooled white chocolate and corn syrup--I found this to be a strange material. It seemed to take forever to cool below 75 degrees, but when it did, it rolled easily. It was fascinating stuff.

White chocolate for the white chocolate fondant.
White chocolate for the white chocolate fondant.

Cooled white chocolate and corn syrup for the fondant.
Cooled white chocolate and corn syrup for the fondant.

CLASSIC ROLLED FONDANT BASE

  • Fondant is fascinating stuff. I wasn't apprehensive because I've made it before from the Cake Bible. This batch however was very, very stiff. Fighting with it, I thought "shouldn't there be water in this?" The Cake Bible. said to add water, so I double checked with the Baking Bible, and I realized I had FORGOTTEN to add the water. Honestly, I don't know what's wrong with me these days. So I dribbled it, and kneaded it. Dribbled some more and kneaded it again. When the fondant felt sticky, I let it sit for a few minutes so that the moisture could distribute. I repeated these steps until my fondant was smooth, shiny and malleable. I saved it.

Cold glucose with wet fingers prevents sticking.
Cold glucose with wet fingers prevents sticking.

Glycerine and gelatine for the fondant.
Glycerine and gelatine for the fondant.

Liquid ingredients added to the powdered sugar (sans water).
Liquid ingredients added to the powdered sugar (sans water).

Preparing my tools for the fondant.
Preparing my tools for the fondant.

Oiling my hands to work with the fondant.
Oiling my hands to work with the fondant.

Kneading the classic fondant.
Kneading the classic fondant.

Stiff fondant without water.
Stiff fondant without water.

COMPLETING THE WHITE CHOCOLATE FONDANT

  • More fascination as the two materials blended together.

Rolling the classic fondant.
Rolling the classic fondant.

Rolling the white chocolate plastique
Rolling the white chocolate plastiqueLaying the white chocolate plastique over the classic fondant.
Laying the white chocolate plastique over the classic fondant.Rolling the classic fondant and the white chocolate plastique together.
Rolling the classic fondant and the white chocolate plastique together.

  • I just continued to biz-fold the two and roll them together until the color was uniform. Then I wrapped it well and put it away for the night.

Business fold of the classic fondant and white chocolate plastique.
Business fold of the classic fondant and white chocolate plastique.

Shaping a uniform white chocolate fondant.
Shaping a uniform white chocolate fondant.

Beautiful, shiny white chocolate fondant ready for the cake.
Beautiful, shiny white chocolate fondant ready for the cake.

STRAWBERRY MOUSSELINE

  • Strawberry Butter? I didn't have any energy to go hunting hell's half acre for a jar, but I did have 1 kilo of frozen strawberries. I'll make a purée, since the Cake Bible gave me the instructions.

1 kilo of frozen strawberries.
1 kilo of frozen strawberries.

Look at all that beautiful strawberry juice.
Look at all that beautiful strawberry juice.

  • After draining 1 kilo of frozen strawberries, I reduced the juice and whizzed the reduced syrup with what was left of the pulp. I poured the purée into a saucepan and continued to cook the water out. The texture was better, but the flavour still lacked. I sprinkled sugar, red food colouring, and lemon juice and realized, the strawberries had no flavour and weren't good enough.

Beautiful meringue for the mousseline.
Beautiful meringue for the mousseline.

The high fat butter for the meringue for the mousseline.
The high fat butter for the meringue for the mousseline.

  • I added about ½ cup of the strawberry puree to the high fat buttercream and it curdled.

Strawberry Mousseline that was curdled and too cold.
Strawberry Mousseline that was curdled and too cold.

  • Holding the mixing bowl over a flame for two seconds to warm cold buttercream whips into a smooth and emulsified mixture. Repeat if necessary.

Well emulsified strawberry mousseline.
Well emulsified strawberry mousseline.

BEVEL THE CAKE

  • I know from past experience, the fondant is sensitive to every imperfection underneath it. It doesn't like to lay over sharp edges or lumpy, bumpy cakes. So I really took my time to prepare the cake to be level, beveled and crumb free.

Bevelling the cake in preparation for the fondant.
Bevelling the cake in preparation for the fondant.

  • You just can't be a whoose about cutting a cake in half. Make your cuts, be swift and don't baby the knife or the cake. Just do it, remove the top layer and trust that the baked cake will be flexible and strong enough to survive the handling.

Cutting the cake in half.
Cutting the cake in half.

Successful cutting the cake in half.
Successful cutting the cake in half.

Filling the cake with strawberry mousseline.
Filling the cake with strawberry mousseline.
Filling the cake with strawberry mousseline.
Filling the cake with strawberry mousseline.

Adding the remaining strawberry puree.
Adding the remaining strawberry puree.

Laying the top layer of the cake over the filling.
Laying the top layer of the cake over the filling.

APPLY THE UNDERCOAT

  • Again, this is the final preparation before laying the fondant over the cake. Spackle time. Now's my chance to fill in the big crack, make the sides clean and straight, pack the holes with buttercream. Then chill it for a second coat.

Brushing as many crumbs off the top of the cake as possible.
Brushing as many crumbs off the top of the cake as possible.Beginning the crumb coat of strawberry mousseline.
Beginning the crumb coat of strawberry mousseline.

The crumb coat completed.
The crumb coat completed.

  • Once the crumb coat is intact and looking ready for the fondant, I rolled the fondant and eased it over the cake. Fondant is like a magic material as it stretches and seals.

Easing my hands under the fondant palm side down.
Easing my hands under the fondant palm side down.Positioning the fondant over the cake.
Positioning the fondant over the cake.

  • The warmth of my hand smoothed out any imperfections and nicks and makes the surface pearly. Touching the fondant is so pleasurable at this stage.
  • Starting on the sides, I pressed the fondant firmly to the cake, trimmed, smoothed, stretched it into place. Making sure there were no air bubbles in the fondant. I just kept working into the crevice and around the point.

Beginning to form the fondant over the cake.
Beginning to form the fondant over the cake.What a pleasure working with the fondant.
What a pleasure working with the fondant.

MAKE THE PEARLS

  • I didn't have a dark pink lustre dust, like Rose had used. The luster colours that I had didn't look nice against the ivory fondant. So I pulled out my pretty pink gel colouring and started to play with what I had.
  • In the end, I chose to mix a bit of vodka, disco dust and pink gel colouring and paint the surface of the cake. The cake looked good, but the fondant was a bit sticky, but dried nicely. In retrospect, I should have folded the lustre and the pink gel to the fondant before rolling. I would have had a nicer effect.
  • I could have made the fondant pearls, but instead used gold dragrees that I had kicking around. I liked the gold color on the pink cake.

Pink Pearl Lady Cake, the Finer Cookie.
Pink Pearl Lady Cake, the Finer Cookie.The Pink Lady Pearl Cake, The Finer Cookie.
Pink Pearl Lady Cake, the Finer Cookie.The Pink Lady Pearl Cake, The Finer Cookie.
The Pink Lady Pearl Cake, The Finer Cookie.

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1 Comments

Marie Wolf   2017-01-07

Very impressive baking, Kim! Your substitutions all made perfect sense, and it's great to see how you saved the day!

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Thank you Marie. I enjoyed making this cake.

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