It's a tricky shape to line, I think I'd spend more time lining and greasing than actually baking!
I've spoken to the client and given that the brief was pretty vague I've suggested in a please please let me do this instead way 50 Guinness cupcakes. Decorating those will be easier too. Fingers crossed, eh?
Well all i'm saying i made afootball cake and do you think the bloody thing would come out even tho i greased it well ok i didnt use any greaseproof paper which to be honest would have been impossible, someone suggested the cake release and sure enough it worked a treat.
I don't understand why there would be a problem with the cake turning out if you line the cake tin on the bottom and the sides with baking parchment or greaseproof paper - you won't need cake release spray, which is just for silicon cake moulds. If the cake is a bit squidgy, let it cool in the tin and then turn it out.
ouryve, that's what I was afraid someone more experienced on here would say! It has to be specifically this recipe :/ If I had time it wouldn't be such an issue but knowing I have my usual order to work through as well as this is making me antsy. I think all I can do is try it and cross fingers. And make sure there's a back up!
I tried one in one of those shaped tins (a heart rather than a number) once and it refused to turn out. It a cake that needs the persuasive power of lots of baking paper, since it's so wet. I find the best cakes for intricately shaped tins are the almond based ones such as in sachertorte, where the yolks and beaten egg whites are mixed in separately. They're quite firm textured and sturdy. (And no, the cake release i used didn't help one bit)
If you're set on the number, then either cut it out of a plainer shaped cake or 3, or make a firmer cake, flavoured with malt extract and put the guinness in some buttercream to decorate it with.
That's what worries me. It's been dropped on me that this is required for Saturday :/ I think I'll be managing expectations and will have to make a couple of back ups. I'll get the tins tomorrow and see if I can make it work, it couldn't have been an easy number could it!!