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Icing Cakes - Any Bakers there to advise???


I'm not asking from a point of view of "what's better WW-wise" or what's healthier... but Cakes. Icing on cakes..

I intend to make a chocolate cake for the fella's birthday. Racing themed.
But I want to decorate it properly, and this would mean that kind of icing that you put on wedding cakes, the roll-y out stuff.

Do you think that would be ok, or should I do a plain cake underneath it instead of chocolate? I wasn't sure if the chocolateyness would "go" with the grown-up icing.

I could, actually, do the decoration separately and just plonk it on the top of the cake, like a plate sat on the chocolate icing....?

OR I could make the racing track out of melted chocolate, white choc and dark choc...

What a project............ Any advice from Bakers appreciated!

PS - Sorry for mentioning cake.... The recipe works out at only 4 points a slice, for the chocolate cake, so it aint THAT bad really. Well, 6 points for a proper slice :p
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Grappling with life
I don't see why this icing can't work with chocolate cake, sounds like a great cake if you ask me! Only thing is if your sponge is really light can it take the weight of marzipan and icing?

I am making my christmas cake on wednesday and the points are through the roof even before icing and marzipan!

Enjoy your cake.

S: 20st5lb C: 16st8.0lb G: 10st5lb BMI: 39.8 Loss: 3st11lb(18.6%)
Roll-out/fondant icing will be fine on top of a chocolate sponge. Just make sure you don't roll it out too thinly or else you risk it tearing when you apply it to the cake. Not normally a problem, but if you've got chocolate buttercream underneath it'll stain white icing.

If it helps at all, you can now buy chocolate fondant icing in shops (Dr Oetker brand) and that makes a fantastic base for dying icing black and still having it taste good. And there are also multi-packs of pre-dyed fondant available.

Good luck!


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S: 14st11lb C: 14st2lb G: 11st0lb Loss: 0st9lb(4.35%)
I could, actually, do the decoration separately and just plonk it on the top of the cake, like a plate sat on the chocolate icing. :p
I wouldn't have a clue about icing a cake but I have to say I laughed out loud when i read the bit above..LOL:8855:. It's the way you said" just plonk it on top"...your taking such care making this cake.. Presume you have it made at this stage n hope it turned out lovely for you!!


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S: 11st9.5lb C: 10st8lb G: 9st10lb BMI: 23.2 Loss: 1st1.5lb(9.48%)
Hmmm the chocolate racing track sounded better to me! yum

But then I dont really like that roll it out icing :p

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