Thursday, 9 June 2016
Fathers' Day Lindt Chocolates Lemon Cake
Just over a week until Fathers' Day, and the generous Lindt UK has sent me several boxes of their Lindt Selection chocolates (£13.99 for 445g, available in Sainsbury's, Waitrose and online) to celebrate!
Instead of gobbling up all the beautifully crafted chocolates (the shells are perfectly thin and fillings are silky smooth!), I thought I'll pick out some of our favourites from the selection for this year's Fathers' Day cake, and share the rest with other lovely dads and their family we know (keeping a good amount for ourselves of course!).
I have been admiring this new cake decoration style on Instagram, and thought that the Lindt chocolates will be perfect for my first attempt to decorate a cake like it. I initially wanted to make it into a very tall 5" cake too, which is another one of the latest cake trend, but I don't have a smaller cake mould and it won't fit in my fridge to set the buttercream. It needs to stay refriderated too because of the weather. But I'm still very happy with what I've achieved!
The good thing about this cake is that you can use any cake base and flavour you want. The focus is on the exterior, so you can do this on any buttercream, mousse or even cream cakes. I used a basic Lemon Victoria Sponge recipe, and made a Lemon Curd Buttercream. I'd omit the zest next time though for a smoother look.
I've also discovered a new Chocolate glaze recipe, which is less shiny than using cacao powder and gelatine, but works amazingly well:
Simply melt 3/4 cup chocolate chips in a measuring jug, stir in 1 tablespoon of golden syrup and 3 tablespoons of softened butter until it's completely smooth. It'll make a fantastic chocolate sauce that sets on ice-creams and other desserts too, and it tastes great!
I decorated the cake with toffee popcorns and our favourite Lindt chocolates from the Lindt Selection box: Dark Coffee Intense, Dark Wafer Pyramid, Dark Hazelnut Praline and Milk Chocolate Meringue. I also piped patterns on the cake with leftover buttercream to give it a bit more details.
I think that the toffee popcorns looks great on the cake, but are a bit too soggy for eating. I properly toffee or caramel coated popcorn should have kept the texture though. The Lindt Chocolates however were perfect, they are equally delicious and made the cake look very posh.
I think the cake looks impressive but is effortless to make. The hardest part was to apply the cream evenly on and around the cake!
Do you like our Fathers' Day cake? Give it a go yourself and see how easy it is to make it! It will certainly wow the crowd! Just use any cake and cream you want, and have fun playing with the decorations! Lindt chocolates will add luxury to the cake, is delicious on their own, and you can get 20% off too if you use the code DAD20 at checkout on Lindt UK's website. You'll find their more special chocolates that you can't get normally and similar prices too.