All my friends are getting their PhD recently. Yesterday, I went to the fifth defense this year. Of course, I made my PhD cake again. This time, I decided to try a chocolate plate on top and a rainbow cake inside, covered with fondant.
For the chocolate plate, I went to three different stores here in Bonn, but could not find what I needed. You can buy chocolate bars and sculptures of all sort, but it seems that nobody in these stores is able to sell me a big, squared chocolate plate. Quite disappointed, I just decided to make it myself. I was afraid it would break, but it actually was quite easy and remained stable enough.
For the cake, I started with the recipe by Sallys Tortenwelt (in German). I can recommend her lemon cream and chocolate ganache, but I did not like her dough at all. It tasted kind of bitter, so I used more flour and sugar in my version. In the end, I could have used a little more lemon cream, but it still looked and tasted nice.
Congratulations, Dr. F.!
Last week, another friend of mine finished her PhD. This time, I made a Baumkuchen covered with chocolate as a basis, and again used gingerbread on top. The chocolate topping worked out very well I think. The layers of the cake however did not separate too well – I think the oven was not hot enough.
Unfortunately, I could not try the cake myself because it is not vegan. But I think the people who tried it liked it. Congratulations again, Dr. K.!
In the last days, two of my friends defended their PhD theses. Needless to say, they could not do so without a cake. So I made an eatable mortar board.
I thought a long time about the square on top. My first idea was to use a chocolate plate from a local store around. But these plates are not quadratic and I was afraid to break them during cutting. Other mortar board cakes on the internet just use cardboard, but I wanted the whole cake to be eatable. So in the end I decided to use ginger bread. It was stable, but unfortunately, the plates were quite thick and make the cake’s proportions look a little strange.
The cake itself is biscuit with chocolate cream, and the tassel is colored marzipan (in the respective faculty color).
Congratulations, Dr. J and Dr. S!