Happy as a pig in mud

IMG_7504Here is the pigs in mud cake I made some time ago. Elise wanted to surprise her partner Dave with a birthday cake. Apparently Dave has an affinity with pigs!

Pig's bum!

Pig’s bum!

I have to thank my friend Bianca who shared her yummy tip to use this Nigella chocolate olive oil cake recipe and this rich salted caramel ganache, rather than straight chocolate.

I altered the salted caramel ganache recipe a bit by using only half dark chocolate and substituting the second half with milk chocolate. The result was delicious, gooey salted caramel ‘mud’.

I made the pigs from fondant and let them set for a few days before they plunged into the mud. In my research for this cake I found that you can actually purchase the pigs on etsy but I totally recommend making them yourself. Fun and easier than they look.

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Assembling the cake was also easy. Just place one cake on the cake board, fill with the ganache, top with a second cake and then ice the sides with the ganache. You really only need enough on the side to ensure the kit kats stick to it. Next, grab a LOT of kit kats (I had to send The Creative to the shop for more halfway through) and line them around the cake like a fence.

By this time the ganache should be sufficiently set to pour in to the mud pit. When it’s all in, the kit kats should act as a barrier to stop it dribbling all over the place. It’s a good idea to put the whole cake in the fridge overnight and then place the pigs on it.

My favourite little pig

My favourite little pig

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Dave loved it!

Dave loved it!

As usual, my beagly assistant was on hand to inspect the craftsmanship.

As usual, my beagly assistant was on hand to inspect the craftsmanship.

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