I've been asked to make a birthday cake for a friend (a birthday ending in 0!). I'm used to making childrens cakes but would really like to make this one look less amateurish. I have been inspired to use those chocolate transfer sheets I saw on the Great British Bakeoff but am not sure how easy they are. What are your tips that are simple but look good.
I haven't used the chocolate transfers, but chocolate cigarellos are really easy to use, although quite expensive. I've just put a picture of a single tier white chocolate cigarello cake I made when I first started making cakes so you can see. You just coat the cake in ganache and stick them on, very easy but looks effective.
It was actually easy enough, but I'm not used to doing such big cakes (12" ooh err missus!) and the manipulation of the layers was a bit scarey. Didnt get the ganache as smooth as I would have liked but then I dont do it enough to get the practice. The transfers were easier than I thought they would be and will use them again when I get the occassion.
Yes thats annoying when you spend so much time on something, the pic i put on profile of the girl sitting on daisies, i put the cake in the mircowave when i finished it because my grandson was due down for the day, and knocked the head off, i was distraught, clean off it came and half the hair broke, i shut the door went to work ( after crying my eyes out first, i was in the middle of moving but as i promised her this cake so had to do it) then dealt with it at 12.oclock at night, never again, fairly pleased with it but it did take the shine off for me.