Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Power Ranger's Cake , A Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream and Homemade Marshmallow fondant and few step by step Clicks


                            


When I was looking for Strawberry  cake recipe few months back ,most of the online recipes called for strawberry jelly crystals  and I was put off by the artificial flavour and that's how started experimenting with strawberry puree and eventhough all the cake I tired came out well , none of those  cakes had strawberry flavour, so after few attempts I have now settled down  with this recipe which gives a  cake which is that is soft , fluffy and moist with a lovely strawberry flavour  :) I made this cake for a birthday party and they all loved the cake so much and birthday boy's dad gave me the biggest compliment ever saying that it was the best cake he  ever had, what could I ask more ?? And to make me even more happy , birthday boy and his friends were so happy  when they got  to eat their favoutite power rangers figurine which was made with fondant :) So I was a happy girl that day !!







Strawberry Cake 


Ingredients ( for a 2 tier cake )

Flour - 4 1/2 cup ( 525 gm )

Eggs - 6 large

Sugar - 3 cup ( 600 gm )

Butter  - 1 1/2 cup ( 350 gm )

Cooked and strained strawberry puree - 1 cup

Milk - 1/2 cup

Vanilla extract - 3 tsp

Baking powder - 5 tsp

Salt - 1 tsp

Method

1.Sieve flour,baking powder,salt and keep it aside.

2.Cook the strawberries in a saucepan adding a tbs of water until its soft ,let it cool for sometime and then puree them with milk and strain the seeds through a sieve.

 3.In an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

4.Break 6 eggs into a bowl and beat them lighlty with a spoon and gradually add the egg mixture to butter sugar mixture beating them well after each addition.

5.Add strawberry extract  / vanilla extract and beat .

 6. Add  1/4 of the dry ingredients and fold in,  add half of strawberry -milk mixture and fold in.

 7.Continue adding dry and wet ingredients alternately and fold in .

 8.Pour the batter into two  9 inch greased cake tin and two 6 inch cake tin and bake for 25- 30 minutes until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

Strawberry Buttercream Icing  ( recipe partly adapted from here)

Ingredients

Butter - 350 gm

Icing sugar - 700 gm

Double cream - 150 ml

Meringue powder - 1 1/2 tbp

Strawberry extract /Vanilla extract - 1tsp

Cooked and strained strawberry puree - 1/4 cup

Salt - pinch

Method

1.In a mixing bowl add 1/3 of the sugar ,salt and meringue powder and mix.

2.Add cream to it and beat it for 5 minutes in an electric mixer with paddle attachment .

3.Add remaining sugar and beat for 3 minutes.

4.Add butter little by little and beat for 5-7 minutes.

5.Add strawberry /vanilla extarct and beat for 1 minute

6.Finally add strawberry puree and beat on a very slow speed until its all mixed.

Marshmallow Fondant





Ingredients

Mini marshmallows - 2 packages( 350 gm)

water - 3 tbs

 Fondant sugar - 600 gm

Butter - 4 tbs or as required

 Method

1.Place marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl, add 3 tbs of water, mix it and keep on high power for about 30 seconds.Take it out give it a stir and repeat the process until all marshamallows are melted.

 2.Add  fondant sugar little by little , butter as required and knead it until u get a smooth dough. 

3.Wrap it in tightly in few layers of cling film and leave it overnight.

 Note : can add flavourings and colourings to the fondant while you knead.

 Please find below few step by step progress of a red power rangers figurine which I made as a trial attempt, I didn't put this on cake as the birthday boy wanted a blue power rangers. I made the blue one almost the same way .



Also find below how I made the stars on floral wire. I rolled fondant fairly thick and cut a star out with star cutter, then I inserted the floral wire into star and allowed it to dry.



The borders on the cake were made with fondant ropes.Please find the pictures below to see how I made it.







So one power rangers cake is ready !

11 comments:

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow delicious cake,yum...

Priya R said...

Vinee cake looks so cute, so is the power ranger. You sure have lots of patience and talent to do cakes :) very neatly explained post...

Chitz said...

Mind blowing.. U r so talented mam.. Cute lil power rangers and an awesome looking cake :) I too tried searching a lot for strawberry cake but found none that used the actual fruit and I stopped searching.. U made one on your own.. Very appreciable.. Now I will try this one :)

Shailaja Reddy said...

I thing you are the cake expert. Amazing no words to say.

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, sis, you are rocking gal, you have loads of patience dear and have magical hands, see how cute that power ranger looks..Well done dear.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very cute and delicious looking cake. Wonderful pics as well.
Deepa

Nabanita Das said...

Awesome terrific decoration...

Meena Selvakumaran said...

simply fantastic.nice work.

Vimitha Anand said...

Gorgeously decorated dear
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Julie said...

another beautiful piece of art,great going dear..Lovely work!!

Shibi Thomas said...

Its a perfect cake for a 5 yr old. Really appreciate the attention you put on the details. Nice work!!!