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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Diego Jungle Cake Tutorial"

A truly yummy party cake, featuring Diego Jungle theme.  Why not consider making your own birthday cake? With this step-by-step pictured tutorial it will be really easy. I made it for my 4 year old son's birthday party. This cake is the bomb! I mixed some ingredients together and it was a perfect creation!!!

                  Cake batter:

8 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 can sweet condensed milk  
1 1/4 cup sour cream
1 tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups of flour

       "Mandarin Mango Mouse"
1 pack 3 oz mango jello or apricot jello
1 cup boiling water
12 oz cool whip  (взбитые сливки)
8 oz cottage cheese
2 cans of mandarins, drained (save the joice for the cake)
1 cup mango popping bobas (optional)

         Cream for covering the cake:
2 sticks Butter at room temperature
1 can Dulce De Leche

16 oz Heavy Whipping Cream (cold)

For the pond: 1 small pack of blue jello with 1 cup of water
For grass: I used half of the recipe of Crusting Buttercream colored green.

For the little mountain on the cake I used this recipe:
3 Eggs
1 cup Sugar
0.5 can sweet condensed milk
1 cup Sour Cream 
1 teaspoon Baking Soda 
1 tsp Baking powder 
1 cup Flour 
Baked in 2, 6 in sized baking dishes. 

You will need: Plastic animals, Diego doll and Gum Paste Palm Trees  
I made fondant alligator followed This Tutorial.
Make palm trees a few days ahead.

Cake Batter:
Preheat oven to 325 F. Bake your mountain cake same way.
Whip eggs with sugar on high until fluffy about 8 min. 
Add condensed milk and sour cream on slow speed just until it incorporated.

Mix flour in the sifter  with baking soda and baking powder.

Mix in flour by hand. 
Batter will look a little runny. Spray your baking dish really well. My glass baking dish size is 13.7 in x 9.5 in. You should bake it in 2 batches in a regular sized glass dish.
Bake for about 1 hr, until your cake will be spongy when you poke it with your finger. Let it cool.

Mandarin Mango Mousse:
 Mix jello with cup of boiling water. Set aside to cool down.
Add cottage cheese and cool whip to the bowl. Cool down jello completely to a cold temp. Mix with the spoon cool whip and cottage cheese then pour in cold jello while mixing. Add mandarins and popping bobas. 
Cut the cake in half lengthwise. Soak it with mandarin juice. 
Spread all Mandarin mousse on the top of the first layer of the cake. I was adding it by spoon at the end, it worked perfectly. Refrigerate for about 2 hrs.

Whip softened butter with the paddle attachment. 
Add dulce de leche spoon by spoon while mixing. 
Whip heavy whipping cream in the separate bowl then add it to the butter mix.  
Make blue jello at this time. Let it cool. 
Take the first part of cake out of the fridge. Cut a circle in the top layer about 4 inch. Soak it with mandarin juice. I took out some of the mandarin mousse out of the opening, so the small cake will fit in perfectly.
 Then add a layer of the small cake spread the cream and add the next layer. Cover it with the cream.
Cover the whole cake with the cream. Make like a pond shape with the cake cut outs. 
Sprinkle the cake with cocoa powder, except the pond area.  
Make like a few cake balls with the let over small cake for bushes.
Blue jello should get to almost jelly then add it to the pond. 
Mix Crusting Buttercream then make grass and bushes.
 I had some small gum paste flowers added to the grass and bushes. You can pipe leafs and grass on the border of the cake. I used my premade gum paste leafs. 
 Add palm trees and animals on. Keep refrigerated.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


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