Luau-Tiki theme is a fun cake decorating project. I had the honour of making this cake to a Tiki themed birthday party last weekend and while I rarely do fondant covered cakes I truly had fun making this one!
This cake is a 7 layer chocolate cake and quite a time consuming project, but you can cut the project into smaller parts to divide the time. You can bake the cakes in advance and freeze until the serving date – the cakes are also easier to cut and crumb coat when partly thawed. I prepared the tree, leafs, flowers and masks the day before, filled and crumb coated the cakes before breakfast and finished the cake in the afternoon.
I’ve included the decorations instructions in the recipe, scroll down for steps of making a standing fondant palm tree, flowers and leafs and a close up on the funny tiki masks made out of fondant and sugar sprinkles.
Happy baking & decorating!
Luau-Tiki Chocolate Cake
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Luau-Tiki Chocolate Cake
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2x20cm + 15cm chocolate cake
500gramssoft brown sugar
2 1/2teaspoonbaking powder
2 1/2teaspoonbaking soda
80grams milk chocolatemelted
chocolate filled cookie rolls
milk chocolate m&m's
Baking the cakes
Preheat oven to 175ºC , lightly grease two 20cm and one 15cm cake tins and coat it with cocoa powder.
Place butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and beat on medium high speed for about 5 minutes, until smooth and creamy.
Add the egg yolks and melted chocolate and continue beating on medium high speed.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a cup or a jar combine vanilla and milk.
Add flour mixture and milk into the chocolate mixture in three steps beating on medium speed until fully incorporated.
In a separate mixing bowl beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Using a spatula fold the egg whites slowly into the batter, to keep it airy try not to mix too much.
Divide into the prepared cake tins and bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted from the middle comes out clean.
Place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely before levelling and filling the cakes.
For palm tree decoration roll out green fondant and cut 6 leaf shaped pieces, then remove small triangular pieces from the sides and place on a rolling pin to dry. Make another 6-18 green leafs to use in decorating.
Once the leafs have dried out, roll a 3cm ball from black fondant and with help of little water gently push the ends of the leafs in arranging them in circular motion around the base. Shape 3-4 little balls for coconuts and place on top of the tree. Leave to dry.
Once the base has dried, roll some black fondant for the palm tree trunk and gently push it over a bamboo skewer leaving 10 cm uncovered - this part will support it on the cake.
Prepare flowers by rolling out purple and white fondant, cut at least 8 purple and 8 white flowers using a small flower cookie cutter and the same amount of small round shaped pieces to attach in middle with a help of little water. Place over a cake pop mould and leave to dry.
Roll out black fondant and cut out masks 5cm in length, decorate using sugar sprinkles and make eyes and mouth using different coloured fondant pieces, attach with help of water.
Filling and crumb coating the cakes
Level the cakes cutting 20cm cakes both into two layers.
Prepare the chocolate buttercream frosting by placing all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beating with gradually increased speed and mix until smooth and fluffy.
Place some frosting on cake board to keep the cake in place, fill the layers with buttercream and crumb coat after the 4th layer. Place in refrigerator.
To create a hidden pocket for m&m's cut a 6 cm hole in middle of the smaller cake, then level the cake and cut into 3 layers.
Fill the smaller cake and coat generously with buttercream, push cookie rolls onto the sides covering the whole cake and refrigerate.
Decorating the cake
Roll out red fondant and place orange fondant in middle, fold the sides in and fold it couple times in your hands then roll it out again letting the colours to blend.
Place on top of the crumb coated cake, smooth out and cut off the excess from the sides. If you are using dowels or straws as support insert 3 in triangular shape 6 cm inner circle.
Place some buttercream in middle and position the smaller cake on top. Fill the hole with m&m's then cover with cake pieces and spread buttercream on top.
Place the palm tree decoration on top inserting the skewer about 3cm from the outer edge.
Place tiki masks and few green leaves in middle.
Roll out yellow fondant and cut a 5 cm round for sun and a few sunshine burst lines to place around. Attach to the side of red cake with help of little water.
Place remaining decoration flowers and leafs around and top of the red cake attaching with water.
Finally sprinkle cookie crumbs in bottom for "sand".
After years of home baking Marianne has studied pastry chef profession and worked in the field in Israel for 3 years. She is currently a stay-at-home mom eager to start teaching kitchen skills to an over enthusiastic toddler.