Graffiti isn’t always a sign of criminal behavior, in truth, it is used to display our inner-artist struggling to be set free. We have put together some creative graffiti cakes to show confectionery art and style at your bridal shower.
Graffiti bridal shower cake designs
Graffiti Chocolate Cake Recipe
Ban it, legalize it, exhibit it in a museum … no matter what town councils do, graffiti will always make its way to us. Nowadays, we see graffiti in deliciously made cake – as if it wasn’t tempting enough.
There are so many bridal shower cake designs, but a unique graffiti cake will look fabulous in your wedding album. It is definitely not a one-size-fits-all kinda recipe.
Check out this basic graffiti chocolate cake recipe for your bridal shower.
7 ounces of butter, softened, and more for greasing
1 ½ cups of packed light brown sugar
¾ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
Seeds from one vanilla pod or 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of baking soda
¾ tsp of baking powder
5 big eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups of self-rising flour
For the syrup:
One cup of sugar
¾ cup of water
For the buttercream:
28 tsp or 3 ½ sticks of unsalted butter
¼ tsp of vanilla extract
7 cups of powdered sugar
For the graffiti:
1 ¼ cups of sugar
½ cups of water
½ cup of liquid glucose
¼ tsp of vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to about 350 degrees F.
Next, butter the bottoms and edges of two 8-inch cake pans and also line the bottoms using parchment paper.
To prepare the cake
Cream the butter along with the sugar in a bowl until both are fluffy and soft.
Add the vanilla with one egg and beat the mixture properly.
After that, add another egg and also beat it as well.
Mix the flour and the baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder in a bowl and set it aside.
Add a few tablespoons of the mixed flour and stir, repeat, and add two more eggs.
Add them one by one, and beat them well between every addition.
Mix the remainder of the flour well till it is smooth.
Divide this mixture into the two prepared pans, and smooth out the tops while you are at it.
Bake it on the middle shelf for about 25 to 30 minutes.
The cake will also feel springy to touch, look chocolate brown and will smell baked. Take out the cakes from the oven and brush with the sugar syrup straight away. Let it cool completely in the pans.
Prepare the sugar syrup
As the cakes bake, place the sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat. Stir it until the sugar dissolves.
Increase the heat and allow the mixture to boil for about two minutes.
Remove the baking pan from the heat and keep it aside.
Prepare the buttercream
As the cakes are cooling, place the vanilla and butter in a large bowl.
Beat it well with a wooden spoon until it’s creamy and light.
Add some powdered sugar in small quantities at a time.
Beat the mixture until it’s smooth and becomes lighter. Keep it aside.
To ice the cakes
When the cakes have become totally cool, get them out of the pans. If you wish to make icing easier, place them in the freezer for about 20 minutes to allow them to become nice and hard.
Place a round cardboard on a plate if one is available and spread some buttercream. Place one of the cakes on it and spread the buttercream on it.
Now the fun part: spread a lot of the buttercream on the sides and the top of the cake. Then smoothen it out, round the edges and on top to make the first layer neat.
Put it in the refrigerator or the freezer if you are a bit impatient and allow it to harden. Once this is set, bring it out from the freezer or refrigerator and spread it over another layer of the buttercream.
Try to ensure that it is smooth so that the edges can be really sharp. Place the cake in the refrigerator again to set.
Make the graffiti
Place two baking sheets using parchment paper and keep a cup of cold water, a measuring cup with a spoon and a small pastry brush.
Keep the sugar in a heavy-based average pot together with the liquid glucose and water over medium heat.
Twirl the mixture a bit rather than stir. Otherwise, this glucose may stick to the spoon. When the sugar is dissolved, increase the heat and allow it boil away.
If any sugar is attached to the edge of the pan, use your wet pastry brush to brush it off. The sugar has to be cooked for about 10 to 15 minutes. However, you can check it every five minutes to know if it is ready.
Take the teaspoon and dip it into this hot mixture, prudently scooping out a tiny amount, and then place the spoon back in the cup and allow it to cool down for a minute.
Get the spoon and touch the sugar mixture found at the end of the spoon to see if it is ready. If it has vanished, that implies that the mixture is in its early stages of cooking. Allow it to boil again and you can test later using the same technique.
Note, if this mixture is still soft, it is not ready. There are various stages that it’ll go through before the last hard crack stage, where the sugar mix becomes rock hard.
When the mixture gets to this stage, completely shut down the heat and add a few drops of your vanilla and food coloring. Stir gently, so it’s just combined and then carefully pour sugar into the jug.
Ensure that you use oven gloves as you handle the pan because hot sugar can burn real bad.
Allow it to cool for about a minute or so, and then dribble onto a baking parchment to create graffiti squiggles shapes. You can use your hair dryer to ensure that the sugar syrup is flexible.
The graffiti may be long or even short, but it needs to be as high as the cake at the very least. When you are content that you have enough bands to use, set down the jug and wait for a few minutes for the sugar to get harder a bit.
Take out the cake from your refrigerator. While the graffiti is still firm, but pliable, carefully peel the back of the baking parchment. Stick the graffiti all around the cake.
It’s okay if you have a long piece that will go around, but small pieces also look good as well.
When all sides of the cake have been covered, you can arrange the berries of your choice if you prefer it or the chocolate shavings on the top. Enjoy!
- Use half or double the ingredients for a smaller or larger cake
- You can add some edible decorations like cream flowers or chocolate chips, etc
- Don’t cut the cake or try to take it out of the baking pan until it has cooled for at least 5 minutes. If possible, leave it to cool completely
- If using eggs, whip the yolks and pour it in first- fold the whites in at the end
- To find out if your cake is baked? Stick a pick in the center
- Add more baking powder for a softer cake
- You can use milk instead of water
- You can bake the cake at a reduced temp to make it spongy. This may require baking it a little longer
- Before freezing, taste it
- You can use milk instead of water
Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scratched, painted or scribbled illicitly on walls. Use your imagination when creating your graffiti, you’ll be shocked at the result.