I had a concept as soon as I heard about the competition. I wanted to do Santa on a tractor inner-tube in a pool with a beer in his hand, his clothes lying on the paving, a spike-collared Boerboel with a stocking in his mouth, a bag with gifts in lying abandoned on the grass- duties abandoned to an irresistible pool, he enjoys our South African sunshine!
But because I left it to the last minute I didn’t get it quite the way I wanted it and I had to adapt it a tad because I didn’t leave myself enough time…
Then I baked a chocolate cake, filled and covered it with ganache and then covered it with bright green sugarpaste “grass”. The Santa, the dog, the boots, the “stone” pool border, the gifts and Santa’s hat are all hand-sculpted sugarpaste. I wanted to do the pool water in piping gel but I didn’t get any in time so I had to make do with blue and white butter icing.
This is what the cake looked like on Friday morning!
Do note that it is resting on a sixteen inch cake board – this is a big cake!
The body is layers of chocolate mud cake sandwiched with dark chocolate ganache, the tail and part of the neck are sculpted from a kind of cake-pop mixture of chocolate mud cake and ganache. The head and part of the neck is made of rice krispy treats. The whole thing was then covered in chocolate ganache before it was smoothed in preparation for the icing.
Next time I will use more chocolate ganache, and that section between his head and his body was really tricky to do with the sugarpaste because its such a narrow space… I’ll have to rethink something like that next time.