Being able to bake is one thing, but having the skill to bake something that looks stunning and really impresses your guests is another. Want to take your next cake up a notch without much extra effort? Yolanda Gampp from YouTube's 'How to Cake It' demonstrated simple ways to decorate a cake like a pro, plus shared her recipe for her Emoji Cake.
Here are the other recipes featured in the segment:
- 1 x 7” round parchment lined cake pan
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- ½ cup dutch process cocoa
- 1 cup hot water, boiled and slightly cooled
- 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Cream your butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 8-10 minutes.
- Boil some water. Pour the hot water onto your cocoa and whisk until your cocoa dissolves completely. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Sift your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
- Add your eggs to your sugar mixture, two at a time, and blend until incorporated. Scrape down the sides as needed.
- Add your dry ingredients alternatively with your warm cocoa mixture. Begin by adding dry, then alternate with wet. Add dry in four parts, and the wet in three.
- Pour your batter into your 7” round parchment lined pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let your cake cool completely in it’s pan. Be patient.
To decorate you will need:
- 1 x recipe Italian Meringue Buttercream (http://bit.ly/YolandasButterCream)
- 1 1/4lbs white fondant (I used McCall’s) - http://parsel.me/howtocakeit/products/view/2283814/EasyIce-White-Rolled-Fondant-for-Icing-and-Decorating-Cakes-1kg-McCalls
- Wilton Lemon Yellow icing colour
- Wilton Golden Yellow icing colour
- Wilton Red Red icing colour
- Wilton Brown icing colour
- Serrated Knife
- Rubber spatula
- Small palette knife
- Small offset palette knife
- Rolling pin
- Fondant smoother
- Paring knife
- Lazy susan
- Nonstick gumpaste board
- Nonstick gumpaste rolling pin
- Fine Paint brush
- Colour 1lb 2oz of your white fondant bright yellow to match the emoji, using a combination of Wilton Lemon Yellow and Wilton Golden Yellow icing colours.
- Colour the remaining 2oz of white fondant as follows: 1oz brown; 1oz red
- I kept my iPhone close by to make sure all the colours of the Kissy Face emoji I selected were just right!
- Remove your chocolate cake form the pan and level it. You can see me do that here http://bit.ly/LevellingandLayering. Crumb coat your cake, chill for 15 minutes and ice it once more.
- Roll out your yellow fondant and cover your iced cake.
- I made a template of the emoji kissy face, to ensure precision. I made the template by printing out an enlarged picture of my chosen emoji. Cut out the individual features you need to make, like the eyes, eyebrows, lips and heart.
- Simply roll out the coloured fondant as thinly as you can on your nonstick board with your nonstick gum paste rolling pin. To cut these shapes out of fondant, place your templates on top of their appropriate colours and cut out with a sharp knife.
- Use your templates as a guide to help you place each part of the emoji facial expression. Brush a light amount of water on the back of each piece. This will help adhere the piece to the yellow fondant that surrounds your cakes.
- I am so happy with the way my emoji cake came together! This cake would be the perfect gift, or even a dinner party. I would make one for your guest according to their personality. Which emoji face best represents you? You should cake it!