Abstract expressionist

Abstract expressionist

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Bake and Decorate
Serves
10
Photographer
Laura Edwards

Transform your cake into a work of art! This cake is inspired by Jackson Pollock. We may not lay a huge sheet on the floor as he did, but we do have a small edible canvas covered in bright beetroot-coloured icing. Using a pastry brush and a piping bag, splatter and flick melted chocolate and icing all over the cake and release the artist in you. Ask the children to help, if you dare...

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 Chocolate and beetroot cake, with reserved beetroot juice
250g icing sugar, sifted
pink food colour, (optional)
25g white chocolate, broken into pieces
25g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
2 piping bags
1 pastry brush
or 1 toothbrush

Method

  1. Turn the cake upside down on to a serving plate, so the flat base becomes the top.
  2. Place the icing sugar in a bowl and gradually add the reserved beetroot juice from the cake recipe. If you would like a more shocking pink, you will need extra help from the food colour: drop a little of it (remembering it is very strong) into the icing sugar and stir until well blended and quite bright pink. Make sure you do not use too much, as the icing needs to remain thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour it over the cake and allow to dry for at least 1 hour.
  3. Place a small heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Add the white chocolate to the bowl and heat until it melts, stirring only very occasionally. Cool slightly, then spoon into a piping bag. Repeat with the dark chocolate. Snip the very ends of both bags. Dilute a little more pink food colour in a dribble of water, making sure it remains darker than the icing covering the cake.
  4. Now for the fun bit: drizzle and flick both colours of chocolate all over your cake canvas, then shake over the pink colour using the pastry brush or toothbrush. Be as freeform as you like, until you have produced your very own edible masterpiece.
Tags:
Baking
Cakes
decorating
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