Surprise Puck Cake

     It was recently C’s birthday… the big 3-0!


To celebrate this milestone, I threw him a surprise party with some of his friends!


And what’s a surprise party without a surprise cake?

Rewind a few weeks back – I really wanted to make a fondant cake, but hadn’t made one in years! I was terrified that it wouldn’t turn out (ie – would end up melting into a blob). Plus, just thinking about how many of his friends would be at the party was even more nerve-racking! I knew this cake had to be close to perfect, so I made a trial cake. Since he was out of town for a weekend a few weeks before the party, it was the perfect opportunity to do a “test run” cake.


I invited some friends over to try the cake and we all agreed that there was way too much ganache frosting for the small cake. The ganache was pretty sweet and rich too. Plus, the height of the test cake was way too high and didn’t really resemble a puck. Phew… Glad I did a test run first!


Fast forward to a few of days before the party – I started making the different elements to the cake and everything was going fine until the ganache… It just wasn’t setting up properly and kept separating or ‘breaking’. I desperately tried to fix the broken ganache, but it just wasn’t happening. After two attempts, it finally decided to set-up properly.


Cake components:

  • 8-inch chocolate mud cake, split into two layers and filled with dark chocolate ganache
  • Dark chocolate ganache exterior
  • All covered in homemade marshmallow fondant

Really happy with how the logo and numbers turned out – much nicer than my first attempt! I made a print-out template of the logo and free-handed the numbers. Found that a pizza cutter and x-acto knife worked best to create the clean lines.


All in all, though this cake was a ton of work, it was also a lot of fun to make. After all the planning, hiding, and scheming, I can finally say that it was well worth it in the end. The surprise party turned out great as well – all his friends were able to make it and he actually had no idea till we got there! His reaction was priceless.

Hope he had a fun and memorable 30th birthday =]


8 Comments Add yours

  1. How sweet of your to go through all this effort to make a birthday cake. It looks great!


    1. Janine says:

      Thank you so much! Haha well, just kept thinking that it’ll only happen once, so might as well make it special


  2. saucygander says:

    Such a professional looking cake! Fondant still terrifies me..


    1. Janine says:

      Thank you! It used to scare me too before this cake, but its actually not too bad – just think of it as edible play dough. Very forgiving too – more so than ganache! Have you worked with fondant before?


  3. mariagenabe says:

    Hi Janine! I don’t know if you remember but I used to work with you at Starbucks years and years ago :) So cool that you have this blog and are going into sonography (so weird that I was actually considering that as a career too!!) Nice to see that you’re doing well.

    Hope to get some baking tips from you soon :)


    1. Janine says:

      Hey, so nice to hear from you! I do remember you – Abigail’s friend, right? You have a great blog yourself too, looking forward to your future posts! Thanks for stopping by =]


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