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Old 03-18-2014, 10:00 AM   #11
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Actually, Laurie, you didn't repeat anything, and since you're the master baker among us, I'm glad you jumped in!
Oh, no, I am no master, I just have done cakes for so long I have come across a lot of things like this.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:18 AM   #12
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There are two ways to make the perfect icing for this cake.

1) take 2 cups of whipping cream and put in a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup cocoa and 1/2 cup icing sugar and stir together. Put in the fridge for at least an hour then beat until fluffy.

2) take 2 cups whipping cream and 1 four serving instant chocolate pudding in a bowl, stir together and put in the fridge for at least an hour, beat until fluffy...

We do option #1 but don't refrigerate it first. Is that to make whipping it easier?

I haven't tried it with instant pudding. Does that give a different texture/flavor from #1?
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:32 AM   #13
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Andy, yes, it does seem to help it whip easier. I have always chilled my bowl and beaters before whipping cream and the cocoa weighs the cream down a little so I find chilling it does help.

The pudding gives it a bit fuller texture, not as light and airy, but not really heavy. It also gives it a richer taste.

My preference for most cakes is to do the cocoa and sugar, but for this application the pudding may help the candy stay better.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:38 AM   #14
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I attached a picture, hopefully you guys can see it.. But I'd like to make a birthday cake that looks like that. But I was wondering 1. If anybody had a idea how to make the chocolates stick to the side of the cake and 2. Any good ideas on how to make the icing look like dirt? I had some ideas.. But It's always good to get some more :) I'm honestly not sure about how to get the chocolates to stick though..

Also if you can't view the picture let me know and I'll put it up another way. I'm on my phone and I'm not sure if it attached or not.

To attach the chocolates try cocktail sticks (but warn the people who will eat it!)

Dirt? Try grating bar chocolate finely.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:05 AM   #15
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The dirt looks like cocoa powder to me.

I agree.

You could also use powdered chocolate drink mix to get that sandy appearance.
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Old 03-18-2014, 12:06 PM   #16
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Thanks everybody :) and thank you LPBeier, I was hoping someone would suggest some icings I should use.
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Haven't been on here in a while, but I meant to post a pic of the cake after it was finished

It wasn't quite like the pic I put up originally, but I did use one of the icing recipes suggested, I ordered the chocolate rocks off of the website (I had plenty left over and we snack on them every now and then lol), it was 3 small tiers (you can sorta tell) and my dirt was just crushed Oreos. he was pretty happy with the cake, it tasted great too :) thanks everybody!

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Old 06-10-2014, 10:35 PM   #18
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I know it isn't like the picture.. At all really, but you guys definatley helped lol
Might try it again sometime but happy with how this one came out. :)
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It looks great! And don't worry about it not being like the picture - it is better that way because it is your own unique style.

You did a great job and I am sure your son enjoyed that you made it specially for him.
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