Ann Reardon

How to Make a Lego Ninjago Cake & How to make Italian Meringue Frosting

Italian Meringue Frosting

lego ninjago cake


With a new baby in the house, this cake needed to be simple to make. We had a lego themed party which went down a treat – read about the party games here.  The cake is a layered chocolate cake with chocolate mousse covered in Italian meringue.  The figures and words are made using fondant . You could substitute for toy ones if you would prefer. Video instructions on how to do the logo lettering can be found here. Scroll down for the video showing how to make the lego logo out of fondant.

Italian Meringue: is a beautiful light fluffy frosting for cakes and is used in many other recipes too, so it is a good skill to learn. It is brilliant white but it can be coloured and flavoured to suit your needs.
You will need a candy thermometer for this recipe. I have been asked where I got my thermometer from.  I bought this Digital Candy Thermometer for around twenty dollars. It did not have high reviews due to the fact that you can not program it to alarm when it reaches custom temperatures – if you want that you will have to pay hundreds, I have found this one to be really good and the price suited my budget.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Total time: 25 min

Ingredients:
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 large eggs
1 cup or 216g (7.62 ounces) caster sugar
1/4 cup or 63g (2.22 ounces) water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1.  Separate the eggs, add the cream of tar tar and whisk the white to form soft peaks.
2.  Put the sugar and the water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Wash down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush and leave unstirred until it reaches 238oF or 114oC on a candy thermometer.
3. Immediately remove from heat and with the beaters running pour in a thin stream into the egg whites.
4. Beat until cooled.  This can take a while so if using hand mixers i like to put a bowl of iced water underneath the mixing bowl to speed up the cooling process. When it is cool it will be thick smooth and glossy.
5. Add flavours and colours if desired. Note: if you want brilliant white, do not add vanilla essence as it will give a creamy tinge.
6. Spread a thick layer over the cake and use a palette knife or back of a large knife to smooth.

This video shows how to make the lego logo:

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy: http://bit.ly/ARcookbook


All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

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