Birthday parties… The hardest thing about them is always the theme!!! For my sister though, that wasn’t the case. She’s been interested in the Chinese culture ever since my dad went there on a business trip haha. So of course, she had a Chinese themed party with everything Chinese you can think of! It was hilarious because half of the people she invited even came dressed in the Chinese cultural clothing. She asked me to make her her cake like last year (which was a rainbow layered cake from inside) so I didn’t mind at all, considering it’s been a while since I baked due to exams and studying. After some research, I decided that I was going to make her a fondant Chinese Takeout Cake! I used a Coconut Cake recipe seen below, covered it with fondant, & drew on it with edible food markers.
- 6 large egg whites
- 2 1/4 cups cake flour
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 1/2 sticks of butter (or 2/3 cup), RT
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Icing Recipe from here
- Pre-made Fondant (bought from Michaels)
Preheat: 350 F
- Mix together all the dry ingredients: cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt
- Cut the butter in 2-inch cubes and beat with the dry mixture until it becomes crumbly (1 minute aprox)
- In a separate bowl, mix together the egg whites, coconut milk, coconut, and vanilla extract
- Add half of this liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined
- Add the remaining liquid mixture until the batter is consistent and uniform
- Pour the batter in the cake pan and bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden
- Allow the cake to cool completely
What I did for assembling it was cut it into four pieces, which I then stacked on top of each other with layers of frosting in between. I completely coated the whole cake with a thin layer of frosting after to seal the crumbs (because you need a flat surface when you place the fondant over it). For the fondant, I just measured each side of the cake and cut out each piece a half inch larger so I could seal each side on top of each other. I drew the Chinese symbols & house onto the fondant cut outs before putting them on the cake.
Lastly… It was pretty spontaneous, but to top it off I decided to make her cupcakes to go along with it!