All I wanted was a 9″ layer cake to celebrate a big moment in someones’ lives, but somehow ended up cutting, carving and shaping them into a sofa cake with four comfy ‘family’ cushions on them!
Sometimes inspiration strikes fast and before you could rein it in, you might have cut the cake into smaller pieces already!! The good thing was that this was a perfect gift for their house warming ceremony.
The family was planning on big red sofas for their living room and so that’s what I have attempted to capture here. Lets just ignore the fact that red coloring looks like pink though, OK?
My fondant skills are pretty limited. The fondant kept tearing…and each tear triggered a bigger tear from my eyes. But finally, though the cake wasn’t all that perfect, I was happy because it was a red sofa (ok, pink!) and it had a happy family in it.
Its hard to be disappointed when you have four faces smiling back at you (though they had no idea what was in store for them the next day :D)
Recipe source: Versatile vegetarian Kitchen
Sofa cake tutorial : YouTube
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- a pinch salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup oil
- 3/4 cup yogurt
- 1.5 cups milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Food coloring and fondant for decoration
- Pre heat the oven to 180C/ 350F. Grease and line a 10″ pan. I wanted two thin 9″ cakes, so I used those.
- Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt twice and keep aside.
- Whisk sugar with yogurt in a big bowl until its dissolved. Add oil and vanilla extract and mix again.
- Add flour in 3 batches. Ie, add 1/3rd of the flour mix and carefully fold it in.
- Add 1/2 of the milk and mix until you don’t see any dry ingredients.
- Add the next 1/3rd of the flour followed by whisking and adding the rest of the milk.
- Finish off by adding the rest of the flour and gently fold the batter until everything is incorporated.
- Bake in a greased and lined pan for about 35-40 minutes or until a skewer comes free of crumbs when inserted in the middle.
- Let the cake cool completely before cutting it for making the shapes. You can refer the below pictures for an easy understanding, the video (link above) is quite good, so I would suggest checking that out before starting the venture.
Cut one of the cakes into 4 pieces like above. This smaller pieces will be the arm rests and the bigger ones are the backrests. For the backrest, the flat portion will be on the seat and the curved portion will go on top.
Cut the other piece of cake to get the ‘seat’ for the couch.
Keep the arm rest and back rest on the seat and trim the excess. The excess pieces were turned into cushions. Again, the arc is the top for the backrest and the flat portion has to be attached to the seat.
Check again. Reinforce the back rest to the seat using two straws/ dowels from top till it reaches the cake base.
Crumb coat and then frost.
Decorate with fondant as you wish.
I cut out four heart shaped cushions from the cut and discarded pieces of the cake, covered them with buttercream followed by blue colored fondant.
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