With Ann Reardon

Laptop Cake

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This week I’m making a desk cake complete with a cute little laptop, deep enders book, Make It A Great Week mug, pencils and of course a camera. Watch to the end of the video to see how you can enter to WIN your very own laptop or camera.

COMPETITION has now closed. Thank you for all of the wonderful entries well done for starting your websites. Congratulations to the winners Mario Jan Bermejo (laptop) and Victoria Shiau (camera).

chocolate laptop desk cake tutorial

To make this desk cake you will need:

The Desk Cake Template

 

Triple quantity of my Buttercream Recipe
strawberry jam
350g (12.35 ounces) chocolate
2.5kg (5.51 pounds) white fondant
200g (7.05 ounces) brown fondant
brown gel food colouring
other colouring depending on what you want to make eg red for pencils
gold luster dust for pencils
silver luster dust for laptop
wafer paper and printer with edible ink cartridges or you can order your printouts online just search for ‘edible image printing’

Chocolate Cake:
600g (21.16 ounces)  of 70% cocoa dark chocolate
945g (33.33 ounces) or 4 cups margarine
24 eggs
6 3/4 cups or 1458g (51.43 ounces) caster (super fine) sugar
3 3/4 cups or 600g (21.16 ounces) plain flour (use GF flour if coeliac, this recipe has been tested with gluten free flour and works well)
3/4 cup or 90g (3.17 ounces) cocoa powder
4 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit). Place chocolate and margarine into a bowl.
Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave (30seconds, stir, 30sec, stir…).
Whisk in the sugar and eggs into the chocolate mixture.
Sift flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together and mix into cake mixture until well blended.
Pour into 4 lined baking trays, mine cake tins are 38cm (14.96 inches) x 25.4cm (10 inches).
Bake for 15 minutes. Insert a knife into the centre to check if it is done, if it is ready it will come out clean.

1. Make your decorations for the top of the cake, these can be done up to a month ahead.
fondant pencil
2. Bake your cakes and leave to cool
3. Make your buttercream, cut your cake boards and supports to size
4. Assemble the cake layers with the supports as shown in the video.
5. Cover the whole thing in buttercream and take your time to make sure it is straight and flat.  Fondant doesn’t hide mistakes in the buttercream, rather it shows them up.  Once you’re happy with it refrigerate for several hours.
6. Cover the cake in fondant in sections as shown in the video.
7. Paint with brown food colouring to give the wood look.
8. Make a sheet of chocolate for the top and, once set, cover in fondant and paint with brown food colouring.
9.  Once the food colouring has dried add the desktop in to place and position your desktop items.
10. Take a photo before the party starts and then enjoy.

how to make a desk cake

88 Comments View Comments

  1. Congratulations to the winners! I had so much fun designing my own website.
    I did a lot of animated doodles for my website and I really like the result
    I hope that at least you liked my entry.
    For those who want to check my website here the link…
    My content is all in Spanish by now but hope you enjoy.

  2. Hi well done to the winners can you link there websites

  3. That was a fun experience. The first ever online competition that I had the guts to try. It satisfied my curiosity about Wix. Stay awesome and more power.

    • would you bother sharing link of your website? 😉

  4. Can I still enter? I tried to put it the boxes but it wouldn’t go through last night.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      This competition has closed.

  5. Hi Ann, thanks for this opportunity! More power . I have submitted my entry 2 weeks ago. Good luck to all of us.

  6. Hi Ann because of the time difference, I wanted to make sure I had submitted my website?
    Thanks!

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