I recently discovered that you can paint with chocolate (if you’re self controlled enough to not eat it), which can really add to a cake. A few people have asked how to do it so I’ll lob a few pictures on here so you can see. It’s not that complicated – just time consuming.
1) Find a suitably embarrassing photo and cut out what you want to paint
2) Turn it into black and white and adjust the threshold. You should also flip the image horizontally as you paint on the reverse and then turn it over, but I forgot. Doh!
3) Print it out, put grease-proof paper over the top, and tape down
4) Melt the chocolate using a saucepan of hot water (take off heat when melted and the hot water keeps it soft)
5) Using a small paintbrush dab chocolate onto the grease-proof paper (white chocolate for light areas, dark for the shadow, milk chocolate for the background)
6) When it’s complete put it in the freezer (on a tray or board)
7) The swiss roll cake mix that seems to work best
8) Make the cake under the careful supervision of Amelia
9) Cook the cake, and then quadruple stack with obscene amounts of chocolate mouse and whipped cream
10) Place the (frozen) painting on the cake so the chocolate is touching the cream
11) Peel back the grease-proof paper – use a thin knife if bits catch. Vital! – make sure chocolate is frozen or it wont come off
12) The finished cake with extra decorations and lettering
And finally – the most enjoyable part
Disclaimer: Despite doing a blog post about cake making I am in fact still a man. Apparently.