18 July 2010

The Architecture Of A Celebration Cake

The Chocolate & Orange Wedding Creation Assembled Yesterday.

Initial Sketch After Consultation With The Clients.

Some Of Our Chocolate Spheres.

Ian Concentrating On The Chocolate Centre Piece.

Close Up Of The Spheres.

The 'Jaina' Chocolate Is Bleached With Titanium Dioxide.

The Chocolate Centre Piece.

The architecture of a cake? We take our creations seriously and work a lot like architects in constructing our unique celebration cakes. From conception to consumption we work closely with our clients to ensure we make exactly what is wished. We pride ourselves on making cakes "that are as interesting on the inside as on the outside", this particular design was layered inside with a dense and moist chocolate brownie, burnt orange cream and 'Tarakan' chocolate mousse. The brief was to finish the cake in dark chocolate glaze and ultra white chocolate glaze and topped with a bespoke chocolate piece. The deep red flowers set off the cake stunningly in a distinct 'Art Deco' style. We met with the clients a number of months ago for the initial consultation and then set to work on a sketch for us to work with. The next stage was a delivery of small samples of the cake with different flavours inside, we were told that the orange flavoured one was the favourite, which worked really well with this time of the year the best for oranges in Australia. As our cakes are made to order and of a fresh nature, the cake was started on Thursday with the brownie base being made, as well as some of the chocolate shapes for the centre piece. On Friday we assembled the mousse and burnt orange in frames with the base and we got to work on the top of the cake. Saturday morning was spent glazing the top and bottom tiers in dark and white and finishing the deep red flowers for the top. We then went to the venue with all of the components and assembled the creation there. We were happy with the result and received great feedback from the venue staff, hopefully the clients enjoyed the cake as much as we enjoyed making it. We currently have several of these projects lined up for the coming months and have taken orders for as far as November 2011. More and more people want something different for a celebration cake, especially weddings, they seem to want it to be delicious as well as strikingly beautiful. That is our ethos as well, why pay for a cake for a wedding that no one really wants to eat? We hope you enjoy an insight into the process of one of our creations. Let us know if you wish Burch & Purchese to create something special for your event!


Thermomixer said...

Congratulations. Really a superb work of art - too difficult to eat when it looks so great.

Love the effect with the titanium dioxide on the Jaina choc. Is there some in the Ultra-white choc too?

Are there rose petals in the flowers (can't read waht it says)?

You'd think I was going to open a restaurant/cake shop, sorry.

lostpastremembered said...

You guys do amazing work... those marbled chocolates were inspired. Your client must be thrilled to death!

Burch & Purchese said...

Thanks Mr Thermomixer man! Yes all of the white chocolate was bleached to fit in with the theme of the wedding.
We were going with crystallized rose petals as shown in the sketch but then we came up with the red chocolate flowers instead! Ask as many questions as you need! Cheers.

Deana - thanks for that, we will give you feedback as soon as we know ourselves!

ron. said...

the cake looks great.
where do you get your titanium dioxide? been trying to find some online but no luck.

Choco said...

You guys are amazing.

Seriously, I fell in love with your creations when I caught sight of one particular one- The 'Carnival' one.

I believe it was called "Carnival with sugar Tule, Aerated fruit chocolate and toffee apple"

You guys have such pretty desserts, which seem divine to taste. Keep up your awesomeness :D