My birthday cake

Today’s my birthday and that means mostly one thing: CAKE! I had a lovely day so far and was even rewarded one extra hour of sleep tonight because of the setting up of daylight saving. On the other hand, that meant that it got dark pretty quickly today, but it was a lovely sunny day nonetheless, whatever the amount of sunlight hours. I prepared my birthday cake yesterday, because cakes always taste better the day after, and since I knew it would get dark soon I wanted to have it ready for pictures in the morning.

Yesterday I also went shopping and found the greatest cake topper I could wish for. I got it at Tiger, which has recently opened a store in my area. Since I had wanted to make my cake very simple, just covered in white chocolate ganache, finding this item was like a sign: it’s so kitsch and big that it can only go on a simple cake. And to some extent it represents me quite well: it’s shamelessly pink, baroque but plastic, and it holds 9 candles – I turn 29, so the number is not even entirely random.

birthday cake chandelier

I topped the cake with small heart-shaped sprinkles which also come from Tiger. I’ve always loved bright pink, and although it’s not my very favourite colour, I like it for its kinda excessive personality. In such things as a birthday cake chandelier it’s the perfect colour.

birthday cake chandelier

The cake is made of cocoa sponge filled with whipped white chocolate ganache and topped with white chocolate ganache. I had recently made a small batch of white chocolate ganache for my macarons so I felt like using it again in my cake. White chocolate ganache is made of only two ingredients: white chocolate and whipped cream. Proportions vary depending if the ganache is meant to be used whipped or piped. This post reveals every secret about ganache, and to some extent those are the rules I followed myself when preparing this cake. The outer ganache has more chocolate and less cream, while the one used inside has more cream and less chocolate. It sounds simple.

birthday cake chandelier

White chocolate ganache is not too straightforward and simple to make, though, because if heavy cream is quite an easy ingredient to handle, the same cannot be said of white chocolate. For a smooth and easy outcome, only white chocolate of the best quality should be used. I chose a cheaper brand and regretted my choice greatly, when the chocolate separated and messed up while I was trying to prepare the ganache. There has been a lot of struggling and some unfortunate wasting of ingredients, but in the end I managed to get my cake done. I had started trying to follow proportions in order to write them down here, but when failure happened I tried my best to save whatever I could and ended up throwing either more chocolate or more cream in my bowls. So whatever came out and was used in this cake is ganache made with pure luck. Cooking is 99% about following directions. The ganache in my 29th birthday cake belongs to that other category, the 1% of food made with pure luck.
birthday cake chandelier

So unfortunately I am only sharing photos of my cake, as I have no idea how much chocolate and cream ended up being used in this cake. I had 400 g of white chocolate and 1 litre of heavy cream and used it all, but how much ended up in the cake and how much was an unfortunate waste I can’t say.

Gotta try again with high quality chocolate – made of only right ingredients in the right amounts, without random additives, therefore much more reliable. Then I’ll be able to share the ganache recipe I have used. This cake was a strike of luck. With a killer pink chandelier!

16 Comments

  1. Becky's Biscuit Bases October 25, 2015 at 23:32

    Happy Birthday!! 🎉🎉🎉 love the cake topper! Hope you have had a lovely day.

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    1. Eva October 26, 2015 at 10:55

      Thank you!!! I did, I had a really cozy party and my cake topper was just perfect 😀

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  2. colorpencil2014 October 26, 2015 at 13:11

    Happy Birthday and that cake is an absolute dream!!!! It only lacks a ton of pretty presents for you xo from Ohio, Johanna

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    1. Eva October 26, 2015 at 16:56

      I photographed it in the morning and got my presents in the evening 😀 So nothing went missing on my birthday 😉 Thank you for your wishes ^^

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  3. Mutsumi October 26, 2015 at 14:09

    Happy Birthday, Eva! Your cake looks stunning! I like Tiger too. They have little interesting things, don’t they?

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    1. Eva October 26, 2015 at 16:57

      Absolutely! Every time I enter a Tiger store I buy something, just can’t help it. Most things are really affordable and are that type of litte somethings that is cute to have 😀 Thank for the birthday wishes!! 😉

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  4. Lili October 26, 2015 at 16:14

    Happy birthday and love your cake and the cake topper too! I’ll be checking out Tiger too now for cake decoration. Nice.

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    1. Eva October 26, 2015 at 16:58

      Tiger sells any sort of things, but has a selection of kitchen utensils, spices and sprinkles worth checking out! And thanks for the birthday wishes!!

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      1. Lili October 26, 2015 at 19:48

        Thanks for the info and your welcome Eva!! 🙂

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  5. Anna October 26, 2015 at 18:37

    Happy Birthday, dear Eva!! (you and my eldest daughter share the same birthday!!) Your cake is absolutely beautiful and what a lovely chandelier on top! I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating!

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    1. Eva October 26, 2015 at 18:43

      Thank you and happy birthday to your eldest daughter!! I know some other people born on October 25, now I can say I know one more!!

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      1. Anna October 26, 2015 at 18:56

        🙂

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      2. Anna October 26, 2015 at 18:59

        Thank you, Eva! This year my daughter requested Tiramisu instead of a birthday cake. 🙂 She had an “Italian-themed” birthday — I’ll share pictures soon on the blog. 😉

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        1. Eva October 26, 2015 at 19:04

          Ah I remember the Italian-themed party!! I’m curious to see what you made for her! Looking forward to the post 🙂

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  6. Rowena October 27, 2015 at 08:57

    You are an artist! What a cute cake (and a happy belated birthday to you as well). XD And thanks for mentioning Tiger stores — never heard of them and will check them out the next time I go to Milan.

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    1. Eva October 27, 2015 at 11:57

      Thank you!! I’m sure there is Tiger in Turin, because I used to visit that one before I moved out of Italy. Then it was the one in Stockholm, and luckily now I have one 20 minutes away from where I live!! 🙂

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