Cow Face Marble Cake

cow-face-cake

My baby brother loves cows and milk and i’d come up with this template idea on how to make a cow/horses face shaped cake, then i came up with the idea of a Marble Cow face cake. the shape and taste came out Really well and my baby brother loved the cake, i had just stupidly forgotten to remove any crumbs and loose peices of cake before i added the icing so it’s a little crumb spotteed :/ 🙂

Ingredients:

225g margarine at room temp
225g WHITE granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
250g plain flour
1 tsp seas salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
70ml milk
50g cocoa powder
1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise

Icing:
350-400g icing
About 7 tbsp milk
Either 5 tbsp dark cocoa powder
or enough black food colouring to turn 2/5 the icing black.
Pink food colouring
Two sweets for the cows eyes

Method:

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and divide EQUALY (use your scales to help you) between two bowls.
  2. Beat one egg into ONE of the bowls – This will be your chocolate mixture –
  3. Separate the remaining eggs and put all the yolks into the chocolate mixture and the white into the vanilla. Separating the eggs will insure that the vanilla mixture turns out white and not a pale yellow colour.
  4. Sieve together the flour, baking powder and salt, then divide into 5th and put two fifths into the chocolate mixture and 3 into the vanilla mixture. Do NOT stir just yet.
  5. Add 50ml of milk and the vanilla extract to the vanilla mixture and mix until only JUST combined.
  6. Sieve the cocoa into the chocolate mixture, before adding the remaining 20ml of milk and the mayonnaise. Stir until only JUST combined.
  7. Preheat the Oven to GM4 (180°C – 350°F) and Grease two cake tins (or one 8″ tin if you just want to make a normal cake) – The Biggest tin should be 8″ and the other should be slightly smaller (about 7.5″)
  8. Dollop spoonfuls of both mixture into the tins and using the end of a spoon swirl the two mixture around slightly.
  9. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until well risen.
  10. Cool in the tin for 5 then turn out onto a wire rack an cool completely.

Decoration instructions:

When your cakes have cooled completely, then cut them as the patteren states below.

Cow-Face-Cake-pattern

Then reshape the horns like this:
Cow-Horn
Then arange all the peices like this and use jam to stick everything together and then extra cake to fill in any gaps:
full-cow-faceRemove as many crumbs, and loose peice of cake as you can, then move the cake onto the plate you’re going to serve the cake on.
Mix 2/5 of the icing sugar with 3 tbsp milk an then pour it over the cake and let the icing set.
While you’re waiting for the icng mix together the cocoa or black food colouring , 2/5 of the icing and 3 tbsp milk  then spoon the icing into areas of the cake.
Next mix together the last of the icing, the pink food colouring, and the milk and drizzle it over the mouth area of the Cow’s face.
Finnaly wipe away any icing that’s spilled onto the plate, place the sweets under the eyebrows and you are finnished!

Note/Tips/Do Nots:
I did four thing’s wrong with my cake:
1. I stupidly didn’t brush off any crumbs at all and more crumbs broke off the cake as i added the icing
2. I was in a rush so i didn’t have time to let the icing dry so all the colours ran into each other
3. I was low on icing sugar and had to use so of my homemade icing sugar which isn’t very good for detailed crumbly cakes
4. and lastly i used a really thick chocolate butter so i would use less icing sugar

Note 2:
You can also use this template for a horse head cake, just leave out the horns and use one 8″ and one 6″ cake tin.

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