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How to make the perfect dripping cake!

Over the past several years, dripping cakes have taken the world of baking by storm as a delicious and trendy way to dress up a cake. The style has been adapted to fit in with all sorts of occasions, like weddings, baby showers, and birthdays. If you’ve seen the dripping cakes that have taken over Pinterest and have been wanting to try it out for yourself, it’s important to thoroughly understand what it is and how to make it first.

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Dripping cakes are the perfect desserts to make when you want to impress your guests with a bold and sophisticated statement. By the time you finish reading, the only thing you’ll have to worry about with dripping cakes is eating them too fast to properly admire! In this guide, we’ll go through everything you need to know about dripping cakes so that you can get started on baking your very own masterpieces.

What is a Dripping Cake?

Dripping cakes have gained popularity in recent years and are a trendy cake style found often in the baking world. Simply put, a dripping cake is a cake with drips of chocolate, caramel, or another form of dripping candy coating dripping down the sides of the cake. To obtain the show stopping finish of a dripping cake, you’ll need a decorating turntable and buttercream scraper in addition to your standard baking tools.

How to Make a Dripping Cake: Step by Step

While they may be elegant and complex in appearance, dripping cakes are actually not super challenging to make. In order to get the stunning, dramatic drips that you want for your dripping cake, it’s important to use at least three layers of cake. One layer of cake would make for very short drips that wouldn’t do your dripping cake any justice.

Step 1: Bake and shape your cake.

The first step is, you guessed it, baking your cake! Once you’ve baked your cake layers, you’ll need to level off the top of each layer with a cake leveller or sharp knife so that the tops are all flat and can be stacked up evenly.

Step 2: Fill and stack your cake layers.

Once you’ve flattened out your cake layers, you can fill them with buttercream using a piping bag. A decorating turntable comes in handy during this step to assist you in evenly filling your cake as you stack the layers.

Step 3: Smooth and finish the buttercream coating.

During this step, you’ll want to use a palette knife to smooth out the buttercream in each layer. Once this has been done, finish the cake with a crumb coat to seal everything in. The crumb coat smooths everything out so that you aren’t left with a messy or uneven finish. Using a decorating turntable and a scraper, slowly and carefully smooth out the buttercream all around the cake.

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Step 4: Create your drip.

For the next step, you’ll need to decide which type of chocolate or caramel you want to use. The most common type of drip is a dark chocolate chip, which can be achieved by melting equal parts of cream and dark chocolate together to create a ganache. Many people opt for colored drips by creating a white chocolate drip and adding food coloring.

Step 5: Add the drips to your cake.

The final step is to add the drips to your cake using either a piping bag, squeezable bottle, or spoon. It’s important to wait until your cake has been thoroughly chilled before adding your drips. Once chilled, position your dripping tool near the edge of the cake and squeeze the ganache onto it so that it drips down the sides of the cake. You’ll want to squeeze out different amounts of ganache each time to create depth and avoid uniformity in your drips.

If you want to top your cake with the ganache, squeeze out a drizzle into the center and smooth it out all around the top of the cake. In order to firm up the ganache drips, you’ll need to refrigerate your cake for around thirty minutes.

How to Decorate a Dripping Cake

Dripping cakes can be decorated any way you want. Whether you decide to use dark chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, or something else like jam or icing, the opportunities are endless. You can keep your dripping cake simple and leave the drips as the star of the show or you can dress up the top of the cake with more icing and cake decorations. Whether you’re creating an elegant cake for a wedding or a fun birthday cake for your child, dripping cakes are versatile and work brilliantly for any occasion.

There are many different trends when it comes to decorating dripping cakes, but creating gold and silver drips are one of the most popular trends. Many people use edible paint or luster dust to achieve this beautiful look by painting the white chocolate ganache drips gold or silver. This trend is certainly one of the most time-consuming ones, but worth it for the stunning result it provides.

Storing Your Dripping Cake

No matter how you decide to decorate your dripping cake, properly storing it in the fridge is critical in preserving the integrity of the cake. As most drip cakes tend to be around seven inches tall, you’ll need to make sure you have space in the fridge beforehand so that no part of your dripping cake gets damaged. In between your buttercream layers and after completing your dripping cake, you’ll need to chill the cake and will need a large enough tupperware container to contain it.

Contrary to popular belief, your dripping cake will not dry out in the fridge. The many layers of buttercream frosting seal and protect the sponge cake layers from drying out, lasting multiple days in the fridge while maintaining the same mouthwatering texture as the first time you ate it. Dripping cakes are incredible desserts, so it’s key to make sure that you preserve it and can enjoy every last bite!

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Dripping Cake Recipes

No matter what the occasion is, drip cakes are the perfect way to impress your family and friends. Check out these recipes for a great place to get started!



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