Two egg shaped cakes, decorated to look like a longevity bun (bao).
Recently, my old school buddy's mom requested for a longevity bao cake, but wanted it to be a carrot cake inside. At first I was befuddled as to how to get the shape right. In fact, I scratched my head for a long time over this. But thankfully it occurred to me to use disposable aluminium foil baking pans. What a blessing there were still a few of these lying around the kitchen!
I'm going to write down my steps, in case anyone wants to make a cake just like this.
How to Make a Longevity Bun Cake
1. Bend two round disposable aluminium pans into egg shapes.
2. Prepare the cake batter, divide it equally into the two pans. Each pan should be about 2/3 full before baking.
3. Bake and allow the cake layers to cool.
4. Stack the two egg-shaped layers. Then, push the top layer slightly to one side. This is important as it will help the cake look more like a peach later o
5. With a serrated knife, sculpt the edges of the cake until everything is rounded.
6. Use a layer of buttercream to stick the two layers of cake together.
7. Crumbcoat the whole cake with a thin layer of buttercream. Chill the cake to firm up the buttercream.
8. Tint the fondant with some ivory edible colour paste. Roll it out thinly and cover the cake with it. Smooth it down and cut off the excess.
9. To get the pink air-brushed effect, mix some pink or red edible food colour with clear alcohol or lemon juice. Dip a new, unused toothbrush into the colour and tap off the excess liquid. Flick the colour onto the cake. (Remember primary school art class? =)
10. Make leaves, stem, and other embellishments using fondant. Attach them to the cake with a dab of water. Pipe more decorations and words
11. To make the chinese character in fondant, print out a large, actual size version of the text using MS Word, on regular A4 paper. Then, cut out the text with a pair of scissors. Use it as a template for cutting fondant pieces in exactly the same shape. (You will need to use a small knife to do this neatly).
12. Attach the fondant pieces to the cake with a dab of water.
Ta dah! And that's how to make a longevity bun cake that isn't really a bun, but a cake. I had quite a lot of fun with this. To my old school friend, thanks for trusting me with your mom's cake! =)