Truffle Box Mudcake
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Zoopa (the social club in our Zoology Department) committee about a cake. They were hosting a fundraising auction and, because I won both judges and people's choice award at this years and last years Bake Off, they wanted me to bake a cake for it.
After lots of umming and ahhing, I finally settled on a simple design that focused on flavour.
The cake was an 8" mudcake, layered and coated with a dark chocolate ganache.
The cake is designed to look like a box of truffles. I gave it brown/chocolate stripes to make it slightly more gender neutral, then swirled with black fondant piping.
I wanted the cake to have a monogram logo. Ordinarily I would have used the name of the recipient for the purpose, but as the cake wasn't for anyone in particular I gave it a "C" for Cakecrumbs. The corners of the box are embellished with twisted white fondant piping.
I didn't have time to make a whole range of truffles myself, so I went with the next best thing: Ferrero.
I had to try super hard to resist nomming them myself.
The cake raised $35 at the auction. That's not even cost price, but it was the highest grossing item in the auction. Most items crawled in $1 increments towards a final price of little more. This cake started at $5 and quickly progressed in $5 increments from there, so that was really flattering.
More photos of this cake over at Cakecrumbs.