Friday, 27 December 2019

3D Cartoon Rat Chiffon Cakes (Chinese New year)


Are you looking forward to the year of the rat? 2020 is the Year of the Rat according to Chinese zodiac and the intelligent rat 🐭 is first of all zodiac animals in the race.

The little cute rats are made entirely from chiffon cake 🍰. Recipe for these cute rats are shared below:

3D Cartoon Rat Chiffon Cakes
(Makes 3)
Egg yolk batter
2 egg yolk
6g castor sugar
26g vegetable/corn oil
28g water
4g vanilla extract
40g cake flour
Natural food coloring/extracts

2 egg white
22g castor sugar
¼ tsp cream of tartar


1. Preheat oven to 140°C. Prepare egg shells by making a hole at the long side of the egg shells. Drain the egg and remove the membrane.


2. Prepare egg yolk batter:

a. Whisk egg yolk with sugar using hand whisk.

b. Add in oil, water, vanilla extract and mix well.

c. Whisk in sifted cake flour. Mix well. *Ensure no lumps are formed.

3. Divide the batter into 4 and add respective pink/yellow/brown natural food coloring or flavorings. *Some sources I have shared are here.
**You can also opt not to colour your rats or to have a single tone colour.

4. Prepare meringue:

a. In a grease-free, dry metal bowl, using electric mixer, whisk egg whites with cream of tartar till frothy.

b. Add in ½ castor sugar for meringue and whisk at high speed till soft peaks form.

c. Add in rest of the castor sugar for meringue and whisk till firm peaks form.

5. Divide the meringue into 4 and gently fold into each egg yolk batter 1/3 at a time. *Fold in unidirectional, gentle strokes and do not overfold.

6. Fill the egg shells till 2/3 full, according to the design of the rats. **You can also opt not to colour/pattern your rats.

7. Bake at 140°C for 35 min, or until skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

8. Bake the leftover batter as sheet cakes (either pour into small pan lined with baking paper or cupcake liners). 140°C for 20 min, or until skewer inserted comes out clean.

9. Allow to cool completely on wire rack.

10. Unmould the cake pops by gently cracking the egg shells.


11. Assemble the rat chiffon cake pops using melted marshmallow similar to Deco Chiffon Cake Basics (or you can refer to Pegasus Pusheen Chiffon Cake pops if you don’t have the book). This is made by popping some marshmallows with a sprinkle of water and microwaving on high for 30 seconds.

12. Stacking 2 cake pops together (like my 3D Snowman Workshops). Cut out small triangles and strips for the ears and arms from the sheet cakes. Pipe on the arms, feet and nose using melted chocolate. 

13. Decorate the facial features with charcoal sheet cake cut outs (refer to Deco Chiffon Cake Basics for picture tutorials of all the techniques), or pipe on using melted chocolate.


Hope you like these cute rat creations!

With lots of love,
Susanne



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