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Snowfall Cake II by claremanson Snowfall Cake II by claremanson
victoria sponge covered in dark chocolate ganache and finished off with my white chocolate shavings for snow.

I wanted the snow effect to be subtle, kind of like the first snow of the season, just a little helping. This was the best sponge i have ever made, so light and the first time making chocolate ganache.

I took more photos i need to look through to see if there are better later

Recipe
Sponge
150g self raising flour (or gluten free self raising flour)
150g softened butter
150g castor or granulated sugar
3 large eggs
6tbsp milk or cream
1 tsp baking powder (or gluten free baking powder)

Ganache
200g dark or milk chocolate, chips or broken into pieces
200g double/heavy cream

The ganache recipe was featured in a recent journal of mine [link] and is the first of them i have made [link]

As the ganache need to be left to thicken for this cake so i don't want it running all off the cake i made that first.

1. Place the chocolate and cream into a pan, height on a medium heat until smooth and silky. Put to one side to cool and thicken.

2. Line two round 8 inch baking tins with baking paper and pre-heat oven to 180oC

3. The sponge, there are too ways of making this.
3a. The quick way. In a mixing bowl or using a food processor add all the sponge ingredients and mix until smooth and lump free
3b. My way. Cream together the butter and sugar, mix in the eggs, sieve in the flour and baking powder, mix until smooth. Finally add the milk and mix until silky. I prefer this way as i feel the sponge comes out lighter.
4. Evenly distribute between the two tins and bake for 20 minutes or until a skew comes out clean (a good time to clean up)
5. Leave to cool on a cooling rack (a god time for a tea break)
6. After giving the ganache a quick stir, spread it generously between the cake layers, sides and top.
7. To finish you can sprinkle over some chocolate shavings, chocolate chips, chocolates, cocoa powder roses [link] or even some fudge [link] whatever you fancy.

If you want the sponge chocolate flavoured, just add some cocoa powder to the mix. You could even add bottled flavourings or orange rind.
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If you want to use butter cream instead of chocolate ganache here is the basic recipe i always use

150g/5oz butter, softened
300g/10oz icing(confectioners) sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
few drops food colouring or flavouring if desired

Slowly sieve in the icing sugar (add any colours, flavourings or a couple tbsp of cocoa powder if you want it chocolate) and beat until creamy and smooth, adding the milk to loosen if required. Use straight away as it will soon harden and be unable to spread

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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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VictoriaTaylor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist
This looks delicious! I must definitely try it sometime (:
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claremanson Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks it is one of the best tasting cakes i have made :)
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VictoriaTaylor Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist
It definitely looks it (:
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claremanson Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks :) i will be using this recipe to make my youngest daughters birthday cake tomorrow just with gluten free flour instead so i can eat it too!
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VictoriaTaylor Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist
Aw, I'm sure she's gonna love it :aww:
It must be quite difficult being gluten intolerant, but still making all these cakes!
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claremanson Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i thought it maybe difficult but now i know that gluten free flour works just like normal flour in most things i can just exchange normal for GF flour from now on and not buy normal flour anymore :)
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VictoriaTaylor Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist
That's great (:
It's not like with my dad (who's diabetic) - I try to bake stuff with artificial sweetener which he can eat, but it never turns out right.
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claremanson Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aww that's a shame :(
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Glaeysha Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I've baked this cake yesterday, it's so delicious and soft, thank you for the recipe and sharing it with us ;)
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claremanson Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh yay i am so glad you liked it :)
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dtw42 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yum. I've been making cakes for my work colleagues over the last year or two, so it's great to see someone putting scrummy-looking recipes on dA. Have favourited this one just so I can get back to the whole folder quickly. I need to improve the lightness/fluffiness of my cakes. :^/
(Oh, and I'm in the UK too so no complaints about your use of grams here! :))
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is definitely one of the best cakes i have made since i started baking a year ago i hope you like it too :)
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isaeway Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o: that is just ddgklsghkltkg
looks absolutely delightful
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you :)
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:iconlordportico:
lordportico Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
hehehe. that looks delicious, and it comes with a Recipe!!! My mom's gonna die when she sees this. She loves to cook. Thank you!!!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you and you are welcome, i hope you both enjoy it as much as me and my family did :)
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:iconklatte:
Klatte Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks amazing!
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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arualcat Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
:iconcakeplz: Wonderful! :iconyummyplz:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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Faithalfahad Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
yum yum!
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:iconsontia:
sontia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
It looks delicious ! :P
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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Fraise-Bonbon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow looks so yummy <3 and thank you million of times for the recipe dear!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks it was much fun to make especially when i did the final cake :)
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DuplicateToadstool Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Its a lie D:

but looks delicious<3
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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DuplicateToadstool Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome =D
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional
Woooooooo, I have hungeeeeeer!
Looks very goood!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: thank you
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional
you welcome
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LuffyNoTomo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
yum~! looks good, i made oreo muffins and they turned out tasty except i didnt know the cook time - so it got a tad burnt bottoms BUT if you dont eat the burn parts - it was tasty~! i will post a pix sometime today
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claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hehehe determined to bake with oreos still i see. i read this morning there is to be a Dr Who game to be released on the PS3 and Vita
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LuffyNoTomo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
oooo cool, i only have a ps2 though XD
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aww that's a shame but it is also being released on PC too if yours can handle games
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akemiM Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
It seems to be delicious!!! :D
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the best cake i have made so far, it is always the simplest things that taste best i find
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:iconakemim:
akemiM Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
I also like the cake of a simple home. :D
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:iconbehindthesofa:
behindthesofa Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
That looks delicious. I love how the white chocolate shavings look.
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks, they came out finer than i was wanting but oh well, it was a trial cake, i am making it again tomorrow for my eldest daughters teachers for christmas
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behindthesofa Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Hope it comes out how you want it to this time. It looks great so it'll definitely taste delicious no matter what.
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claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i am going to try a little design on top in keeping with the nae of the plyschool
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Melmee Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
YUM
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Kaze-Z Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student Artist
Wow... This looks amazing! :love:
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claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you i was very pleased how it turned out :)
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MagooBear Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student Photographer
this looks and sounds soooo yummy!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you, it was. your red velvet cupcakes look so good by the way :)
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MagooBear Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you! I didn't make them though, I just like taking photos of food! And i'm hoping to take lots of Christmassy food photos very soon!
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