Tuesday 27 December 2022

Giraffe Macaron Swing on Fruits n Cream Cake

 I don't usually take requests in December as it is a busy month for me. At most I will accept one request. Someone wanted a giraffe swing with elephant and dog in it, on top of a fruits & cream cake. Here it is!

I used my default Swiss meringue method recipe with separated egg whites for the macaron pieces. As the swing is a structure that needed to bear weight, I made the fillings firm enough even at Singapore's indoor room temperature without air-conditioning. The macaron shells are filled with a stiff mango passionfruit ganache and dark chocolate-butter filling.

Mango passionfruit stiff ganache
80g white chocolate, finely chopped or use chips 
20g unsalted butter
1/8 tsp salt
30g warm water
20g freeze dried mango powder*
20g freeze dried passionfruit powder*

*You may use fresh fruit but you need to reduce it over low heat until thick.

1. Mix freeze-dried fruit powders in warm water until you form a paste. Set aside.

2. Melt chocolate, butter and salt. Set aside to firm up. Use spatula or electric mixer if you wish, to whip until it looks like buttercream.

3. Add fruit paste into white chocolate mixture in a few additions.

Dark chocolate filling
You may use ganache but I wanted something really firm to support the weight plus movement of the swing.

100g dark chocolate
50g butter
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

1. Place everything in heatproof bowl and melt over double boiler. Alternatively you may use microwave.

2. Set aside to firm up. If your environment is very cold, I would suggest using ganache or this will become too hard to work with when set.

I used my default vanilla chiffon sponge recipe but baked in two 7"x1.5" round pans lined at the base and sliced each one horizontally into two to get four layers of sponges. Baking profile was 150C for 15 min, 140C for 15 min, followed by 130C for 20min with steam baking. Note that every oven is different so adjust accordingly.

Requester wanted the cake covered in cream so I prepared more cream for it. Feel free to use your favourite Chantilly cream recipe that can hold up in your climate. I live in hot and humid Singapore so stabilizers are needed. You may use gelatin as stabilizer but I go for what was easy, tastes good and it works!

Whipped cream
250g Whip topping (non-dairy whipping cream)
200g double cream (high fat dairy cream)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Note: Non-dairy creams are pre sweetened so there is no need to add sugar. Please add sugar if you are using dairy cream only.

1. Whip whip topping until really stiff peaks with vanilla extract.

2. In another bowl, whisk double cream until it is just able to form a hint of soft peaks. Don't over whisk!

3. Fold Whip topping into double cream in a few additions.

Your resulting cream should be relatively smooth and able to hold its shape at aircon temperatures and briefly for 10min in hot kitchen.

I went for simple, slightly rustic and elegant design for the cake, with the exterior showing a hint of what's inside. The sponges were brushed with simple syrup (1:1 water:sugar)  before slathering on the cream.

Mango, Korean strawberries and green kiwi as fruits in the cake.

Watch the swing in action over here:


with love,

Phay Shing 

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