Cooktop Cove: Watch how to make a leopard print cake
Here's a fun girly take on leopard print both inside the cake and out! Cakes sure have become so much more than batter and frosting these days, and this cake really does take a walk on the wild side.
Ever wondered how people create all those cool patterns with cake batter?Well, it's really a whole lot easier than you think. All you need are some fun food colors, piping bags and your imagination. Here's how to make this fabulous leopard-print pattern, as well as how to frost the cake to match.
7 1/2 cups cake batter, divided and colored as follows:
- 5 1/2 cups pink
- 1 cup black
- 1 cup blue
2 pounds 10 ounces buttercream frosting, divided and colored as follows:
- 1 pound 14 ounces blue
- 6 ounces black
- 6 ounces pink
3 cake pans, 9-inch
Pink, blue and black gel food colors
5 piping bags, 12-inch
10-inch round cake board
1. Taking 7 1/2 cups cake batter, divide into two small and one large bowl. Add gel food colors, pink to the largest bowl, and blue and black to the smaller ones.
2. Spray cake pans with nonstick spray. Apply a thin layer of pink batter to the base of each pan. Taking a piping bag with black batter, apply rings of color to the pan, four in two of the pans, and three in the last pan. Then apply a slightly thicker layer of blue rings, again using a piping bag. Top with more black. Fill in the gaps with pink batter.
3. Bake each cake at 330 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in their pans for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Allow to cool completely.
4. Taking the buttercream, add pink, blue and black food color. This time the largest color is blue.
5. Stack the cake and apply blue buttercream to each layer. Apply a crumb coat to the sides and top of the cake, and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
6. Apply a thicker coat of blue buttercream to the cake, and scrape smooth. Taking a piping bag filled with pink buttercream, apply dollops of color in no particular pattern. Smear with a spatula, making sure you wipe the spatula clean with a paper towel after each turn. Pipe around the pink using black buttercream, again going for a random, imperfect look.
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