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The signature look for a deconstructed chocolate drip cake is the ganache drip and lots of candy, cookies, chocolate bark, and flowers or fresh fruit. There really are no exact rules. It is really on trend right now. This cake was made for a Little Gentleman themed baby shower. The decorations for the party were mustaches and bow ties with shades of green and blue. So I incorporate all of those things into the cake.
For the cake and filling, I was inspired by this cake with its cookie dough filling. I made 4 layers of my vanilla cake filled with the eggless chocolate chip cookie dough and then frosted it with a Swiss meringue cream cheese icing tinted light blue and light green.
To make the frosting, I made my recipe for easy Swiss meringue frosting then added 8 ounces of cream cheese to it.
For the decorations:
I baked up a few mustache cookies on lollipop sticks so they could be inserted into the cake. Then I iced them with royal icing. I only intended to use one but made a few for back up. This came in handy because the first one did break when I was adjusting it.
I also whipped up some meringue cookies like these that I tinted green, blue, and white.
For the chocolate drip, I made some ganache by warming a cup of heavy cream to just under a boil and pouring it over a cup of chocolate chips. Let it sit for a minute or two to let the warm cream melt the chocolate. Then stirred it until it was smooth. After it cooled, I poured it into a squeeze bottle to make it easier to drip onto the cake.
First I filled, crumb coated and chilled the cake. When the cake was nice and cold, I iced it with another coat of icing that I tinted light blue and green. Then I chilled it again before adding the finishing touches.
To add the chocolate drip, I used the ganache filled squeeze bottle and then squeezed drips randomly all the way around the cake making them all different levels. After the drips were just right, I filled in the top using a spatula to help spread the ganache.
Then I covered the top randomly with the meringue kisses taking one or two over the side here and there. Then filled in the spaces with the sixlets. To add the mustache cookie pop, I inserted a mustache paper straw into the cake and then slid the cookie stick into the straw. For the sprinkles, I made the turntable spin and tossed the sprinkles at the side and a few on top. Fun!
I just love these types of cakes. They are somehow elegant, fun and bold all at the same time. All the colors and cookies can be changed to make it match any theme. And you don’t need any special piping skills plus the use of candy and cookies can hide any imperfections if you aren’t confident in your icing skills.
A deconstructed chocolate drip cake is a fun and easy way to get your cake on!