Parcels

Parcels

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Bake and Decorate
Makes
4
Photographer
Laura Edwards

We all love to receive a beautifully wrapped gift and these edible parcels are a delight. Children will love to decorate them, too, and the possibilities are endless. You could decorate a large cake instead of quarters, if you prefer.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 quantity Family chocolate cake, unbaked; keeping the fudge icing separate
butter, for the tin
4 15 cm square thin cake boards
1.2kg white sugarpaste
icing sugar, to dust
4 80 cm long, 15 mm-wide ribbons in contrasting colours
60g white royal icing
4 tassels
80 mini chocolate beans in 4 colours

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Butter a 23 cm square tin and line the base with baking parchment. Fill with the batter and bake for 40–50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave until completely cold.
  2. Place the cake in the refrigerator for an hour or 2. It will be firmer and, therefore, less crumbly when you cut it. Turn it upside down, split it and sandwich with some of the fudge icing. Trim the sides, then cut the cake into 4 equal squares. Place on the boards, adhering with a dab of fudge icing in the middle. Spread a little fudge icing over the top and sides of each. Great care needs to be taken here not to spread it right down to the board; stop about 1 cm above it otherwise the fudge icing will soil the white sugarpaste.
  3. Separate the sugarpaste into 4 portions. Dust a work top and your rolling pin with a little icing sugar, then roll out 1 piece at a time to a square about 5 mm thick and slightly larger than the top and sides of the cake. Lift on to a cake, smooth with your hands, then cut away the excess. Repeat with the other 3 cakes.
  4. Make paper folds with the blunt side of a knife on 2 opposite ends of each parcel. Secure a piece of ribbon at the opposite bases of each parcel using royal icing and repeat with another ribbon. Do not tuck the ribbons under the cake or they may become stained. Tie a ribbon bow and stick it, with a tassel, in the centre of each parcel. Finally, decorate the ‘wrapping paper’ by sticking on the mini beans.
Tags:
Baking
Cakes
decorating
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