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Pancake Day Maple Cake with Chocolate Chips

Although this pancake stack might look like a few fluffy pancakes thrown together, it is actually a maple cake with chocolate chips, covered in fondant.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Global
Servings 1 cake

Ingredients
  

Sponge Cakes (makes 2 small ones)

  • 200 g plain flour
  • 200 g sugar
  • 200 g Butter
  • 200 g eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100 g chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (to drizzle once cake is baked)

Maple Buttercream

  • 200 g Butter
  • 400 g powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup (or 1 tsp maple flavouring)

Fondant Decorations

  • 1 kg White Fondant
  • 1 tsp ivory food colour
  • 1 drop yellow food colour
  • 1 drop blue food colour
  • 1 drop purple food colour

Maple Jelly

  • 15 g agar agar (or gelatine of choice)
  • 100 ml apple juice (or other fruit juice)
  • 100 ml maple syrup (or fruit juice and maple flavouring)

Instructions
 

Sponge Cakes

  • Mix room temperature Butter and Sugar together until you get a foamy buttercream like texture
  • Add Eggs and vanilla and mix again.
  • Add flour and baking powder and mix again.
  • Finally incorporate chocolate chips, separate the dough into 2 pans and bake for 20-25 min at 180C.
  • Once baked, drizzle both cakes with Maple syrup.

Maple Buttercream

  • Mix all ingredients together, until the buttercream turns from yellow to white and is nice and foamy.
  • Place buttercream inbetween cakes, and cover the whole thing in buttercream after.

Fondant Decorations

  • Separate a tiny bit of fondant for your "butter pieces" and "blueberries".
  • Use yellow food colouring for the butter, and mix purple and blue for the blueberries. Set aside.
  • Use a bit of ivory and a bit of yellow to mix into remaining fondant for the pancake colour.
  • Measure the circumference of your cake and roll fondant into desired pancake thickness.
  • Place the fondant rolls around your cake and press firmly to make them stick.
  • Use a brush for the ivory food colour mixed with a bit of water to paint the top of your rolls brown.
  • Use something small to pinch holes into each fondant layer for a nice "bubbly" pancake look.
  • Finally roll out a flat circle and place on top of your cake. Paint and pinch accordingly.
  • Place the 2 butter pieces in the middle of the cake.

Maple Jelly

  • Make sure the cake was in the fridge or freezer before making the jelly, as this will help the jelly to set much quicker and stay in the desired shape.
  • Bring apple juice and agar to a short boil in order to dissolve the agar.
  • Add maple syrup and wait for the mixture to start setting slightly.
  • Make sure the mix isn't boiling hot anymore and start pouring over the cake, slowly, starting from the butter pieces in the middle.
  • Once completely set, place blueberries around the butter pieces.