Friday, May 17, 2013

Mango Petals (Petal Cake Tutorial)

So it was my sister's birthday earlier this month as I asked her if she wanted a cake. She said yes only a day before the celebrations so I thought of this cake design that I've been dying to try for ages. I took up the personal challenge to work out a rainbow schemed Mango Petals cake for her. This petal cake idea has been trending in many online websites/pages and I'm sure glad I gave it a shot! It's a pretty simple method but it requires a fair bit of patience. 

I took about 3 hours in all to complete it and I'd rate it a difficulty level 4 out of 5 for it. (:

This tutorial also consist of a Time with Cynthia video tutorial whereby I show you how the petals can be achieved.

Mango Petals Recipe
This recipe yields a 5.5" or 13cm round cake
(Mould was purchased from Daiso)

4 eggs (55 - 60g)
95g cake flour
5g cocoa powder
100g castor or fine sugar
100g unsalted butter

300g fresh mango puree
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
300g + 200g non-dairy whipping cream

3.5 tbsp water
16g gelatin
1 firm mango 


Preheat oven to 160 degree Celsius. Sift the cocoa powder and flour.

Grease and line the 2 baking tins. I got mine from Daiso. 

Here's a tutorial on how you can line the baking tin.

Melt the butter either over a double boiler or in the microwave oven on 1 minute intervals on medium heat till it's all melted.

Add the eggs to the sugar. Whisk on high till mixture gets all thick with tracks. It should be about 3-4 times it's original volume.

The mixture is ready!

Alternately fold in the melted butter and flour mixture 1/3 at a time till both mixtures run out. 

Pour into baking tin and lightly drop from a low height to release some of the larger air bubbles in the batter. Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or till' toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. 

Remove cake from oven and remove from baking tin immediately. Allow cake to cool completely in an air tight container or cake caddy to prevent loss of moisture.

Blend the mango.

Love fresh mango puree!

Add the gelatin to the water. Double boil till it's all dissolved or warm it up in the microwave on medium high heat at 30 second intervals.

To the 300g of whipping cream, add the vanilla bean paste. 

Whisk till stiff peaks.

Add the mango mousse and cooled gelatin mixture into the whipped cream.

Mix well.

Prepare a sugar solution of 1 part hot/boiling water to 1 part castor/fine sugar and mix well to allow sugar to dissolve. Have the sugar solution in a spray mist bottle. Here's how my cake looks like unmoulded. Have a cake turntable ready. It's such an amazing tool to use when you want to assemble cakes.

Slice off the thinnest layer on top of the cake as that may will make your layered cake taste dry. A bread knife with serrated edges works best for slicing the cake.

Slice each cake into 2 layers. You may use either a bread knife or a cake separator tool. To the 1st layer, spray an even amount of sugar solution over the cake. Two sprays to one spot will be good enough.

Spread a thin layer of mango mousse on the first layer of cake.

Pipe a ring of mousse on the side to contain the cubed mango.

Add in cubed mango that has been diced into small pieces. This is how it looks like in comparison to a teaspoon.

Add the cubed mango!

Top with more mango mousse and level it.

Add the cake ontop and repeat steps, inclusive of the sugar solution.

Next layer!

Last layer!

Cover with a layer of mango mousse.

Cream the cake well.

Allow cake to chill in fridge while you prepare the coloured mango mousse.

Whip up another 200g of whipping cream and add to the remaining mango mousse. Portion into 6 equal parts and colour accordingly. 

Continue with the remaining colours.

Here's the birthday girl with her Mango Petals cake! (: 

Cut up view of the cake!

Pretty much love the tall cake and beautiful colours. Try this technique soon! 

I'd love to see the bakes or stuff you've cooked using the blog's recipe! Do share photos of stuff you've baked or cooked using the blog's recipe with me either via FB message to OR OR via email at! I look forward to hearing from you! (: 

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