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How to achieve a candle shaped fruit cake and ??? boiled cakes.

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi guys, hope every one is fine!

 

I'm trying to achieve a candle shaped fruit cake for christmas, this is for a charity raffle. I haven't got a clue what I should bake it in since most deep cake pans are approximately 4 inches tall. How would I achieve a cylinder shape and have the right height, and what diameter pan should be used? The second part of my question is, can I bake a boiled fruit cake now, and will it still be ok for christmas? I intend using marzipan and rolled fondant icing with gumpaste ornaments for decoration. I can't bake a regular fruit cake now as it's too close to christmas and the cake would not mature in time, hence the boiled alternative. Any input would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

post #2 of 7

I have  stainless containers  for  dried spaghetti i wouldn't  want to ruin  as the outside may tarnish at high temps but  you might find them at a discount store.  Brown breads used to be made in cans so you might scout for some tall cans in specialty food shops.

 

post #3 of 7

I have  stainless containers  for  dried spaghetti i wouldn't  want to ruin  as the outside may tarnish at high temps but  you might find them at a discount store.  Brown breads used to be made in cans so you might scout for some tall cans in specialty food shops.

 

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi macdoodle

 

I could try using a spaghetti container but I'm not so sure that a fruit cake would bake in it appropriately. I wouldn't know how to time it and I hate wasting ingredients. I will definitely try the can method. My dear old mum used to bake cakes in cans so I know that would work. Really kind of you to take the time with an answer, your input has been appreciated and maybe my reply of thanks will reach you when this server will let me submit!  smiles.gif

post #5 of 7

years ago for some unknown reason i used to bake bread in coffee cans...it must have been the thing to do at the time, but it worked beautifully and was unique and fun and......it worked....

joey

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post #6 of 7
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Thanks for your input durangojo, I'm going to try it in a large fruit can. I still don't know how to time it, I guess I'll just have to keep an eye on the cake. Tin cans are pretty thin so I hope triple lining the can with brown paper on the outside and double lining inside with parchment will give me a steady bake. Thanks again.smiles.gif

post #7 of 7

maybe try googling for recipe specifics as i don't have that info any longer....however, i don't remember wrapping or lining the cans with anything, just greasing them really well, but i was baking bread in a coffee can, not fruit bread....put the cans in/on something so that you can get them in and out of the oven easily and bake on the middle rack...oh, and remember to remove the labels!  tin cans are just as sturdy if not more so than the disposable aluminium pans sold, so you should be fine, but you have to test the cakes to make sure the middle is done as it takes longer...just like in a loaf pan... use long a wooden skewer. bake it for the time called for in your recipe before testing and don't keep opening the oven every 10 minutes to 'check'...while somewhat less important in roasting meat or vegetables, it's huge when it comes to baking cakes, muffins and breads. every time you open the door, the oven temp goes down significantly, then has to get back up to temp...so catch up on email, do your nails, take the dog for a walk, but don't open the door!...lastly, thank you for being a good citizen of the planet...and like anything else you put into a pan(muffins, cakes etc.), don't overfill...best of luck...what fun!

joey

i know nothing about boiled cakes...actually never even heard of them, but chef petals would be the one who knows...she works with fondant a lot...she makes edible roses and peonies for cakes


Edited by durangojo - 11/29/11 at 8:18am

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