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Thursday, 18 January 2018
Tree house birthday cake
On the picture in the book you could not see the joins between the wafers. I am not sure how they did this and got the wafers to stick together. I did wonder about using white chocolate instead of dark but as tree houses are rustic creations I was not too concerned.
Yet again we had trouble finding pretzel sticks (as had been the case last year). We tried quite a few shops - not just the supermarket. Finally we did find some but they were thicker and had sesame seeds on them so we bought some chocolate pocky. This actually worked well because you didn't see the chocolate joins. I was relieved about this when we had to fix the ladder a few times.
Despite our best efforts, the tree house came off the perch and broke a little and the trunk fell over. I had feared this might happen and taken along my melted chocolate pot and some icing. You never know when you will need to patch up a cake. We were able to fix it quickly once we got to my parents.
I am sending this cake to Tin and Thyme for We Should Cocoa.
Adapted from Australian Women's Weekly Easy Party Cakes
You will need:
1 mud cake
2 packets of oreos
1 batch chocolate fudge frosting
other green lollies
crunchies and chocolate sultanas
1/2 to 1 cup desiccated coconut
green food colouring
pretzels (or poky)
Use a 4cm diameter scone cutter to cut a hole in the Cut a 4cm hold in the cake. (Discard cake or save to crumble and use as dirt for garden sections.) Scrape the cream out of the oreos and join together with melted chocolate stacking in the hole in the middle of the cake as you go. This is your tree trunk. (Don't be tempted to keep cream in oreos or the stack is less stable to hold the tree house.
Rub a few drops of green food colouring through the coconut. Spread frosting over the top of the cake. Arrange mint leaves, green lollies, crunchies and chocolate sultanas around the edge of the cake to make the garden around the edge. Sprinkle coconut over the rest of the icing while it is still damp so the coconut sticks.
Make ladder with pretzels or poky sticks. Break one stick into smaller rungs. Use two sticks to be the sides of the ladder. Use melted chocolate to glue the rungs to the side sticks. Set aside in a safe place (ie it is quite fragile.)
Make the tree house. Cut wafers to make windows and a door. Glue wafers together with melted chocolate: Put some melted chocolate in a longish tub so you can dip the edges of the wafers into chocolate. Place aside to dry and gently use a knife to prize off surface. I did two layers of wafers for the floor to make it more stable. When you put together walls, use boxes to keep walls upright while they dry. Then put on roof and hold for a bit to dry. If you are concerned about roof falling off you can put something underneath the edges to stop it slipping.
Once tree house is dry use melted chocolate to place it on tree trunk of oreos. Make a few little branches of mini oreos and use melted chocolate to attach one to the tree trunk (I trimmed this one and had it on an angle) and one coming out of the tree house. Use green strips from sour strips and mint leaves to decorate tree and tree house.
adapted from Green Gourmet Giraffe
250g butter, chopped
150g dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup hot water
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups GF plain flour
1/4 cup GF self raising flour
1/4 cup cocoa
Grease and line 22 cm round cake tin. Preheat oven to 160º C.
Combine butter, chocolate, water, sugar and orange juice in a large bowl and microwave (or heat in saucepan) til melted. Cool slightly (if you have time and patience).
Add flours, cocoa and eggs and mix til combined and smooth. Don't worry if not 100% smooth mixture - just mix in as much as you can or sift flours and cocoa if you can be bothered.
Pour into prepared cake tin and bake 1 1/4 hours. Cake should be cooked but slightly gooey (ie the sort of gooey where it doesn't look like cake batter). Sit at least 10 minutes (I did overnight) before turning out onto rack to cool.
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
1/2 cup dark chocolate melts
3 heaped dessertspoons of margarine
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp water, or as required
Melt chocolate and margarine together. Cool until treacle consistency rather than water consistency. I find melting in the microwave helps to melt at a lower temperature. Gradually stir in icing sugar. Add a dribble of water to loosen up.
On the stereo:
Tigermilk - Belle and Sebastian