Truffle Box Mudcake

Pirate Dreams
Posted on 08/03/2012 by cakecrumbs

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
bubblebubba 5th-Aug-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
What an absolutely fantastic idea and result--I love what you did with the fondant! Fondant has always been a scary concept to me, and you handle it with so much grace. Congrats on a great success!
cakecrumbs 6th-Aug-2012 11:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! ♥ It's definitely an intimidating thing to pick up, but with time and practise it becomes easier.
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