Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Giant 80th Birthday Cake




WOW! Was really busy the previous week preparing the pistachio gateaux cake for a close relative who was celebrating her 80th birthday. There were altogether approximately 160 guests, so the cake had to be sufficient to feed everyone, at least a small piece, right?


Birthday was on National Day, same day as Singapore, but difference in the year. : ) Dinner celebration was on the 8th of Aug, Wed.


Day 1

As it was going to be a pistachio cake, started preparing the pistachio nuts on Mon, toasting them to bring out the flavour & grinding them.


Day 2

Tues, made 10 pistachio sponge cakes of 8 inch square, 2 at a time, 1 in each oven. Fortunately I have 2 ovens. Phew! Sliced each cake into 3 to prepare for the filling. Only need 9 cakes, cos fitting it into a square of 3 cakes per side.


Day 3 (part 1)

Then D Day came on Wed. Prepared the pastry cream using dairy cream which has a better taste than non-dairy cream. Used pistachio paste to give an original pistachio flavour as well. Spread the cream on all the cake surfaces & placed them into boxes.


Day 3 (part 2)

Transported 9 cakes to the venue and start arranging the 9 cakes into ONE big square cake. Spread more cream to cover all the cake well & decorated with colourful marshmallows & pistachio nuts. See picture above.

Well, for those of you who are wondering if everyone got a piece of the cake, YES, they did. The restaurant staff were pretty good in their 'division' and there was even some leftovers which went like hot cakes.


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