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Learning Series 3 – Feathered Gateau

Posted by Annita on November 3, 2006

Hey,Pls don’t laugh seeing the photo…I know its a flop show… :))

Feathered Icing
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My aim was to create a feathered effect with glace icing,but as you can see i dint get it correct.I was a bit late in running the knife across the lines,and by the time the icing got set and it just gave the mark of the knife…phew… Anyway the base cake is a chocolate fudge made using a store brought cake mix and here’s how i did it..

Method:-

1.Prepare the cake and allow it to cool into room temperature.
2.Place the cake on a wire rack over aluminium foil.
3.Make chocolate flavoured glace icing,ensuring it is the right consistency to coat the back of the spoon.
4.Make white colored glace icing for decoration and keep it aside.
4.Pour the chocolate icing quickly over the cake to coat completely.
5.Shake the wire rack gently to encourage the icing to cover the cake evenly and smoothly.
6.If needed,use a cranked-handle palette knife to smooth the surface.
7.when all the excess icing has stopped falling carefully lift the cake and place it on a plate or a board.
8.For decoration,take white colored glace icing in a piping bag,snip the point off the piping bag and pipe parellel lines of icing across the top of the cake.
9.Immediately draw a cocktail stick or toothpick across the lines of icing in one direction and then in the opposite direction to create a feathered effect.
10.Pipe the borders with your choice of design.I’ve used store brought Wilton buttercream for this.
11.Decorate with piped icing designs.
12.Allow the icing to set.

Learn more about feathered icing here.

Recipe Source :- First Steps in Cake Decorating by Janice Murfitt

20 Responses to “Learning Series 3 – Feathered Gateau”

  1. shilpa said

    You are doing a great jon Annita. Looking at you, I am also inspired to learn cake decoration. I will learn from your posts :). Thanks a lot… and keep it up

    You can also start doing it,Shilpa
    Annita

  2. Daagh said

    simple beautiful… makes you stretch your hand and eat it :-)

    Thanks a lot,Daagh
    Annita

  3. Anil said

    Really treasure! just added to my blogroll for trying your recepies.

    Thanks for these kind words,Anil
    Annita

  4. lakshmi said

    really great, your cake looks so good.

    Thanks lakshmi
    Annita

  5. Archana said

    Why are you calling it a flop show, lady ? It is beautiful, you just made a different kind of presentation, which looks soo good. Adding a spoon of butter or fresh cream to the glaze will give you a little bit more time to play with it. You are doing an amzing job with your learning series.

    Thanks a lot for this tip,Archana…And happy to hear that u liked it..I can now say to Deepu..”Even Archana likes it..Whats ur problem..?”…haha…
    Annita

  6. thanu said

    u make me feel so bad by calling this a flop show…

    Thanks Thanu,My husband was laughing at me ,seeing the cake..So i thought everybody is gonna laugh..:))
    Annita

  7. RP said

    Good going!!
    I feel like to try my hands at it too. Just kidding.

    C’mmon..u can also give it a try,RP
    Annita

  8. Annita,
    its a nice show..and great work annita..keep going:-)

    Thanks Meena
    Annita

  9. sarah said

    Annita, when the icing is hard, zap it in the microwave for few seconds in low heat.. it will soften and then run the knife( try the plastic knife that comes along with store bought b’day cakes, or eerkkili to draw on the icing)

    Nice tip,sarah..Will surely try your way…Thanks
    Annita

  10. giniann said

    That looks pretty good for me. I don’t know anything about icing but it looks wonderful!

    Thanks again,Gini
    Annita

  11. Nidhi said

    Hey Annita, Its looking so beautiful…Please don’t call it a flop-show. You did pretty good.

    Thanks Nidhi
    Annita

  12. Suni said

    TAKE HOT WATER IN A CONTAINER. DIP THE KNIFE IN HOT WATER BEFORE YOU MAKE EACH CUT ON CAKE. AFTER ONE CUT REMOVE CREAM OR CAKE PARTICLE BY TISSUE AND THEN DIP IN HOT WATER REPEAT THE PROCEDURE. YOU CAN EASILY CUT WITHOUT STICKING.
    TRY IT OUT & TELL ME.

    Thanks a bunch,Suni..I’ll definitely give it a try..
    Annita

  13. Hi Annita, it doesn’t look much like a flop show to me! I could hardly bake a cake (even from a package mix) let alone decorate one. Yours looks lovely :)
    Best wishes from Massachusetts
    Linda

    Thanks OOG
    Annita

  14. Priya said

    I actually thought that was a pattern you specifically made…its was only later that I read that you calling it a flop show !! I would be glad to take away your flop shows from you :-)

    Thanks for the support,Priya
    Annita

  15. shaheen said

    Its looks good! maybe it didn’t achieve what u wanted, but u are getting there. good work. Just one suggestion, make the photos bigger when u upload.

    I was using bigger pictures before,Shaheen..But it was showing problems in 800 * 600 resolution,so many people mailed me regarding this..I think the problem is with my templete.Thats why i’ve reduced the picture size..Even i like to display bigger pictures..can anybody help me with this,pls?
    Annita

  16. Annita the learning series is good.Dont be disheartened you will soon be an expert!Going to try the chicken roast recipe soon!

    Glad to see u back,Sumi
    Annita

  17. Priya S&S said

    It looks really good !!!!

    Thanks Priya
    Annita

  18. paati said

    Annitha ,i dont even understand why you are calling it a flop,for to me it looks perfect:)have also bookmarked your chilli fish recipe to try out later on:)thanks for sharing the recipe.
    paati

  19. paati said

    Annita ,i dont even understand why you are calling it a flop,for to me it looks perfect:)have also bookmarked your chilli fish recipe to try out later on:)thanks for sharing the recipe.
    paati

    Thanks Paati..Happy to hear that u all liked it.
    Annita

  20. Beena said

    Annita, I happend to come across your cake-design page. It looks great. I’m too interested in cooking and I bake lotsa cake. Havnt tried decoration yet. But your descripton has givn me inspiration to try out. This weekend …

    You should give it a try,Beena..A baker can decorate too…:))
    Annita

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