gone off MELTED pumpkin cake

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Ingredients for your gone off melted pumpkin cake:

Base: Victoria Sponge:

  • 4 eggs.
  • 200g sugar.
  • 1 tsp baking powder.
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence/extract.
  • 200g flour.
  • 200g melted butter/sunflower oil.

Filling: Buttercream:

  • 250g butter.
  • 500g icing sugar.
  • purple food colouring.

Topping: Ganache:

  • 600g of white chocolate.
  • 200g of double cream.

The flour used in our sponge is Juvela glutenfree flour, so it is 100% gluten free!

How to make the pumpkin base: the Victoria Sponge.

The base for this cake is a Victoria Sponge. You can use your favourite Victoria Sponge recipe or follow ours:

Preheat your oven to 350F/180C/Gas Mark 4/160C(fan oven). Grease a cake pan or cover it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. We have used a Wilton tray with a pumpkin shape.

Beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and baking powder and beat again till combined. Add flour and beat till incorporated. Add the oil/melted butter and beat until it's all well combined. Pour into the baking tray and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a thin skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

We have baked two of these cakes to build our pumpkin cake.

Wilton pumpkin cake pan

Decorations for the cake: sugar and marzipan.

Days before the cake was made we spent some time making fun but terrifying, and in some cases a bit gross, sugar and marzipan decorations. Making sugar decorations with royal icing is very easy and relaxing and the cool thing is that you can make exactly what you want. Once you have some templates and the icing it's just a matter of tracing and wait for them to dry.

The sugar decorations we chose were worms and spiderwebs and the marzipan ones were bats, spiders and pumpkins. If you are making the sugar decorations yourself make sure you make more than you need; sugar decorations are very delicate and they can easily break, not only when you pull them from the paper but also when you place them on the cake, and if that happens, you'll be thankful if you have a replacement. Marzipan is a lot more forgiving, you can make just enough, they won't break at all. If you don't want to have to make them yourself you can buy them and choose the ones you like best.

Pumpkin marzipan

Cake Filling: buttercream.

To fill the cake we've used buttercream:

Beat the butter until is soft and add the icing sugar 1 or 2 spoons at a time until is combined. Add the food colouring at the end until you have achieved the desired colour. We've chosen purple so we get some contrast with the orange of the top of the cake.

Cake topping: ganache.

For the topping of the cake we are going to use white chocolate ganache: 

Chop the chocolate into small chunks.
Pour the cream into a microwave safe bowl. Heat it to almost boil. Pour the chocolate and stir, letting the heat from the cream to melt the chocolate. It can take a few minutes, but the majority of the chocolate should melt. If you need to, place the bowl into the microwave again for 30 seconds and stir. Once the chocolate and cream and combined add your colouring to the mix. We've tinted our ganache a bright pumpkin orange.

We'll use royal icing for the pumpkin's face.

How to assemble the cake

Once the cakes are made we place one of them on top of a tray. We drizzle some syrup to make it moist and then spread the buttercream evenly to cover the top. 
After, we place the other cake on top. Again, we drizzle some syrup and then cover the sides with more buttercream. A cool idea is to add some food colouring to the syrup, that way when you cut the cake it will be colourful and a lot more attractive. We chose for this orange and green, as the outside was purple already.

Don't cover the top of the cake with buttercream, we want to cover it with the ganache. Once the ganache is ready and still warm pour it over the top of the cake trying for it to cover the surface completely and drip over the sides, this is what is going to make our pumpkin look as if it was melting.

Let the ganache to cool down and harden for a couple of hours and then draw the pumpkin's face with royal icing. Next, place the decorations. We placed the spiderwebs on the sides of the cake, in front of them, on the tray, we put some marzipan bats, spiders and pumpkins. Lastly, we covered the pumpkin with worms, giving it a really gross apearance as if it was gone off, yummy!

Enjoy your horrifying melted gone off pumpkin cake!