I recently did a guest post at “Something Swanky”. It’s a fun site run by Ashton. There are lots of DIY ideas for cakes and cupcakes. For my posting, I made mini chocolate cakes and decorated them with jelly candies in the form of flowers.
My entire posting is available on her site but I am also posting it here…
My name is Abeer and I am thrilled to be guest posting here at “Something Swanky.” I LOVE to bake and make edible crafts and blog about it at Cakewhiz.com. I hope that what I do helps and even inspires others.
To be honest, I can spend hours and hours doing this and not get bored of it…lol. It’s just so much fun! Doing this has been the perfect way for me to channel my artistic side which I thought did not even exist until a year ago when this passion suddenly appeared and I am so happy it did… hehe
Most of the cakes I make are decorated with fondant but for today’s posting, I decided to make mini chocolate cakes and decorate them with jelly candies. You can even use other types of candies. There are so many varieties these days.
Don’t you just love all the colors? My favorite were the orange flowers. They were so bright and made me cheery…lol
To make your own, the first thing you need to do is bake a cake. You can use any recipe you want. I made a basic chocolate cake.
Now, let’s move on to my favorite part… DECORATING!
Here’s what you need to do:
Once your cake has baked and cooled, use a circle cookie cutter to cut out circular cakes.
TIP: Refrigerate your cake for an hour and this will allow you to make circles more easily with less crumbs to deal with.
Melt chocolate chips or chocolate bark in the microwave. It tends to be thick and I usually add 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil to thin it a little.
Now, take a plate and line it with wax paper. Place a cookie rack on top of this and then place your mini cakes on this rack.
Use an ice cream scooper or any other deep spoon and start pouring spoonfuls of melted chocolate over each circular cake.
Once they are covered, place this entire plate in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes. The chocolate should be settled when you take it out and you can easily remove these tiny cakes from the rack.
TIP: Don’t throw out all that chocolate that poured on the wax paper. Scoop it with a spoon and re-use it or save it for some other project.
Take out your jelly candies. Use a scissor to cut them in rectangles for the flower petals. Roll a few into a small ball for the flower center. Cut a few triangle shaped green ones for the leaf.
Just arrange these pieces on top of your mini cakes and press gently and they will stick to the surface.
You can serve them in a plate but I placed each in an individual cupcake liner. I think they looked nicer this way.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab a bag of jelly candies and make your own!
They taste just as good as they look…mmmmmmmm….
I would like to thank Ashton for letting me do this guest post and sharing these mini cakes with all of you. It’s been an honor
Take care everyone!
Well, that is the end of my guest post. But before I log out, I wanted to share my first collage with you lovely folks. I still need to learn a lot and I know many of you are excellent “collage makers”. So, how can I improve mine? Do you guys have any tips you want to share?
On another note… as you all know I am still in Canada and LOVING IT! I made these tiny cake bites last night with my sister, using the smallest circle cutter we could find. You follow the same technique as above but instead of decorating them with jelly candies, cover them in colorful sprinkles. They were perfect with our hot cup of cocoa from Tim Hortons… what can I say?! My sister and I are the biggest “chocoholics” you will ever meet and we love our Canadian cup of hot cocoa…lol
It feels so good to be visiting family and friends in Canada again! But, I will be back in Chi-town SOON and catch up with all of your awesome your blog postings.
Until then, bye bye