It started on a Tuesday evening with a very excited email that went something like this …
“I am hoping you can help me, but please don’t worry if you can’t as it us very very (very!) short notice! It is my husbands birthday on Saturday….yes……sorry…..this Saturday! We have decided to book a very last minute trip to Llandudno for the weekend. Would it be at all possible to have a Salted Caramel drippy style cake with chocolate bits on top? And would it be possible to have it delivered to the B&B for the Friday, when we get there?Please do not worry if you cannot. It’s a cheeky question with this short notice”
Truth is – we’ve been dying to make a drip cake for ages.
They’re all over Pinterest and Instagram – the hot trend in modern celebration cakes.
They’re super tall and decorated with dripping ganache and everyone’s favourite toppings.
If you dig around, you’ll find that lots of the drip cakes out there are inspired by a cake artist and baker called Katherine Sabbath whose work is amazing. She is self-taught and her cakes seem to be taking the world by storm!
The possibilities are endless. Katherine’s style is crazy neon bright and if you follow her on Instagram you’ll get a daily shot that’s better than caffeine!
So research done, I put on my apron and got to work.
I made a tall chocolate sponge made with a mixture of milk and melted dark chocolate and buttermilk. This cake needed to be tall so I made enough cake batter for an 8″ cake and put it into 2 6″ cake tins. Works a treat every time for tall cakes.
I whipped up some salted caramel buttercream, which started as chocolate buttercream with a generous helping of salted caramel sauce to get the flavour and consistency.
I headed straight to one of my favourite blogs The Cake Blog for advice on the chocolate ganache. Getting the right ‘drip’ consistency is crucial for these type of cakes. You can check out their blog below:
Decorating was the fun part.
I made chocolate shards studded with toffee pieces and dusted with gold. I sprinkled the shards with edible gold balls and white stars.
With a silicone mould, I made little bite size chocolates to put on top of the cake and around the edge.
On the Friday morning, I delivered the cake to their B&B in Llandudno – just a stonesthrow from my kitchen – and set it up in their room, for their arrival in the afternoon.
And they were delighted
What an amazing cake. It looked AMAZING! Smelt DIVINE! And as for the taste…..WOW! I can highly recommend the Salted Caramel. At very short notice I requested a cake to be made and delivered to a local B&B for a last minute birthday weekend away. I asked for a Salted Caramel drippy cake with chocolates. Judith not only fitted my request in, but made the most AMAZING cake, that was even better than I could have dreamt of. My husband loved it. Thank you for fitting us in and for Paul’s awesome cake.
So now I can’t wait for someone else to order a drip cake – chocolate, neon pink, bright green – the possibilities are endless.
I’m Judith. I’ve been caking since 2012. I also love to write, photograph, travel, drink coffee and read books. This is my cake blog where you’ll find recipes, and baking tips and all my latest cake projects.
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