Viking Ship Cake
I was asked to make a ship cake for a Viking themed celebration. (we are in Iceland and it's not that big a stretch of the imagination)
After some discussion with the boy/young adult who was to be the centre of attention this particular day we went for pear-and-chocolate-whipped-cream-on-a-sponge-cake cake.
It happened like this...
I baked Huge amounts of base, simple white sponge, nothing fancy there.
Then cut to shape-ish.
Hollowed out and filled with fresh pare, tinned pare and a drizzle of melted chocolate.
What you see before you is the ocean.
I decided to layer it because I wanted to fill it with chocolate whipped cream, almost like a pudding. and it would be unfair for some of the guests to get nothing but base while others would wonder how the masses of whipped cream and marzipan could be called a cake.
What do you mean it's not a Viking Ship Cake ?
I put a lot of cream and much more pear into the base, then cut the ship itself apart and filled it too.
Then I forgot to take pictures until I had placed the coloured marzipan on and really gone wild with the decorations....
Note to self.
Must remember to use camera more.
When decorating a cake filled with Whipped cream it's imperative to keep the temperature down.
So I had to work fast. (that's my excuse for not taking pictures.)
I pressed lines into the deck of the ship and painted them with black food colouring, I wanted to make a cartoon feeling ship.
The head of the ship is made from gumpaste.
I added little swirls of water to try to get some movement and seaweed for more colour.
The big mound in the middle is also full of cake.
At this point the whole thing was really heavy and the sponge cake was wet.
I worried about leakage but it stayed ok.
I tried to make it look impressive from all angles because I knew the cake table would be in the center of the room.
The sail was made from 400 gr melted black chocolate.
I think it turned out nice.
Challenge me ;)