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Help from UK bakers please?

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Hi Everyone,

This question is mainly for UK bakers, because I'm from the UK.

What I wanted to ask was, I'm going on a cake decorating course in September, so right now I'm just practising cake decorating, not selling them, in the UK what are the main types of cake people use for cakes?
I know that Pound cake is popular in the USA, but what is mainly used over here?
Is it Sponge or Madeira, or something else?

I do carved novelty cakes mainly, and use sponge cake and I find that when I "dirty ice" the cake with buttercream, it totally rips the cake apart because its so soft!

Any help, tips, advice is great, Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 5
Hiya

I'm in the uk too and although i dont make an awful lot of cakes most people ask for 'just normal sponge with jam and buttercream' for birthdays unless i give them some suggestions. Even with wedding cakes, less people like traditional fruitcake these days. I don't know if thats true of a busy baker though.

I also make lemon sponge with a lemon curd filling and chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache filling.

I got a great recipe from someone off here for a high density sponge that holds together well when its carved. I can pm you the recipe if you like?

Lyndsey x

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If you would like to share the recipe thats great! Thank you Lyndseyb52 icon_smile.gif
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May you pm me the recipe too Lyndsey?
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It seems to be Vanilla with different flavoured buttercreams. What kind of sponge recipe are you using? I find a vanilla buttercake recipe or something similar to a victoria sponge works fine. I let the cake get as cool as possible without freezing/refridgeration and I'm as gentle as possible with it. I dont crumbcoat though I just use ganache so it sets up nice and firm.
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