Schlagwort-Archive: mortar board

Rainbow PhD

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.!

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PhD Cake #3

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.!

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PhD Cake

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!

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