You might remember that a few weeks back I made a bomb cake for William’s birthday. It was actually a fake cake – just a chocolate shell with a surprise underneath. I promised at the time that I would explain how I did this in a future post. And here it is.
The first step is to pop a glass bowl in the freezer to make it really chilly. Meanwhile, melt some chocolate either in the microwave on a medium heat for just 30 seconds to a minute at a time, or gently over a double boiler.
When the chocolate is melted take the bowl out of the freezer and lightly spray it with oil. I think I went a little overboard with this step, causing a few problems I’ll explain in a minute.
The next step is to pour the chocolate into the chilly oiled bowl and swirl it around to cover all surfaces.
This step was a little trickier than I expected, but I think it may be because I put a little too much oil in the bowl. It all worked out fine but there was a moment when the chocolate just didn’t seem to want to stick to the edges and was just sliding around as I moved the bowl. For this reason I would suggest two things: 1. Make sure the bowl is very well chilled and 2. Only lightly oil the bowl, but still be sure to cover all surfaces.
Now pop it back into the freezer to set the chocolate well.
The next step is to turn the mould out. I wanted to hide marshmallows under the ‘cake’ but you could put lollies, or even a real cake!
To turn the chocolate mould out simply upturn the container over a plate and place a warm washer on the mould to entice the chocolate away from the glass. This should only take a few seconds to pop out.
The surface doesn’t look very smooth here, but I think this may be due to the extra spray oil I used.
Next I decorated the outside with ‘Kapow’ and piped some icing along the edge to create a smooth line on the plate.
A sparkler adds the final touch to create the true ‘bomb’ look.