Drippy Chocolate recipe

Drippy chocolate – yes, it’s a real thing! Trust me…

You may have seen that these rainbow style cakes are super popular right now.  The original master of these cakes is the fabulous Katherine Sabbath who creates spectacular ‘drippy’ cakes! I personally love how fun, colourful and pretty they are but best of all – they are delicious! My idea of a perfect cake.  Scrummy buttercream (you can find my Italian Meringue recipe here), lots of sweets and lots of yummy drippy ganache!

This post is going to be quite short but the purpose very useful! The only part of this cake I found a little bit difficult was the drippy chocolate part. There I was thinking I’d just melt some chocolate and pour it over.. nope! Doesn’t work.  So after reading some very useful tips from a cake group I’m part of on Facebook (hey, ‘CIE’ members if you’re reading this – ‘I’m waving right now’) I realised I needed to make a ganache of a certain consistency (not too thin, or not too thick) that would drip down the edges just right and that would set quickly too.  So, I’m about to share with you this very simple recipe and technique for an 8″ cake.

Here it is…

1) Make your white chocolate ganache with a decent chocolate – I use Callebaut. You’ll need 200g and set aside in a bowl.  The ratio for white ganache is 2:1 and whipping cream works perfect! So, 100ml in a measuring jug it is, then microwave for 1 minute.  After one minute it will be at boiling point and you then add to your chocolate.  Don’t mix straight away, just leave it to settle/melt and do it’s thing.

2) After a minute, slowly fold the cream in until all the chocolate is melted and you have a lovely smooth combination and just leave it on the worktop to cool down… don’t stir again!

3) Chill your cake in the fridge

4) After 30-45 minutes remove your cake from the fridge and if you have one place on your turntable.  You ganache should now be ready – mine was ready to use after 30 minutes.  Compared with how long my ganache made with double cream takes to come together this was super quick – I was surprised.

5) Pour about a third of the ganache on the top of the cake, in the middle.  Using the back of a spoon ease it over to the edges so that every so often a little puddle forms and starts to drip down the sides adding more of the ganache as you go.  Because your cake is cold it will help set the drops.

There you have it! Good luck. You will need to use a little bakers intuition here, if you think the ganache is too thin, add a little more chocolate, too thick more cream, but it really is this simple! Oh and if you want to colour your ganache add your chosen colour to the cream before microwaving🙂

Natalie xx

Crumbs Cupcakery, York

Pastel colours, floral armchairs, refurbished English dressers, cosy corners and pretty pictures on the walls… thats what springs to mind when I think of Crumbs Cupcakery (CC).  Oh and of course cupcakes! I always think of cupcakes.

On my visit home to York this past weekend I booked us in for afternoon tea at this cute little cupcakery.  A couple of my friends had visited and after a little stalking session of their Instagram page I decided that it would be bonkers not to give it a little try.  Now I know that I’m not the easiest to cater for (vegetarian and gluten free) but Danielle who runs CC didn’t even flinch when I placed my advance order, it was really wasn’t made into a big deal which is always such a relief. Read the rest of this entry

A wedding cake fit for a….Coeliac!

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and the cake is unquestionably one of the most central features that help to make the day memorable so finding a good gluten free cake maker can be hard; you want your cake to look amazing but most importantly you want it to taste delicious too!  As I’ve mentioned quite a few times on my blog I’m passionate about ethically sourced ingredients, I use organic where I can and this is certainly no exception when it comes to gluten free cakes too…

Gluten free certainly does not mean taste free!

Gluten free cakes and cupcakes are becoming more popular than ever, whether it’s to cater for the bride or groom who have a gluten intolerance, or for a guest attending the wedding. With so many people suffering a gluten intolerance or Coeliac disease (myself included) I felt it was expected for me to come up with a recipe as good as my regular cakes. Read the rest of this entry

Building an online presence – Part 1

Whether you are just starting up your cake business or if you’ve been working in this industry a while its equally as important to keep up to speed with all things digital! You may already have some skills in this area or you may be completely new to the idea but one thing’s for sure; it’s never too late to learn something new! This is especially true when it comes to mastering the skills necessary to have a successful online presence which will not only help your business be more productive but it will also help you communicate better with the right type of people.  Done right and you can have a real presence above your competitors too.


Interesting fact: Today, around 80% of small businesses use social media for marketing purposes!

Yep, I’m actually writing a serious post… not too serious mind, just something I consider important (and quite fascinating) but also something I think I do pretty good at! Whilst I’ve had no background training or qualifications in marketing or similar the tips I’m about to share are purely what I have picked up over the last few years and what I find to be the most reliable and successful. I strongly believe having a cake business is much more than just delicious recipes and a beautiful cake designs and I could go on about this subject for ages so this might be a longer post than usual, but I’ll try not to ramble on too much!

Lets go! Read the rest of this entry

Mojito cupcake recipe

Mojito cupcakes!! Say whhhhaaatt? Yes you heard right, alcohol and cupcakes in one! Amazing…

As you can tell I am a little bit excited to share this cupcake recipe as they are to-die-for! These cupcakes are light, moist and have a fantastic taste combination of lime and mint, with a subtle undertone of rum throughout the cupcake and buttercream. The flavors really remind me of what an excellent mojito tastes like and reflect the freshness and yumminess they should always have. They’re not too minty or overpowering, which makes them perfect for any celebration.  I’ve created a few batches of these now for hen parties and 18th birthday celebrations and they are always a fantastic way to really get the party started.  You can taste every single flavour; the mint, the rum, the sweet fresh zing in your mouth! Literally it’s the cupcake that provides a little party in your mouth. Love em! Sorry for the cheesy start to this post, I’ll move on!😉 Read the rest of this entry

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