It all started that winter in one of the cooking websites I saw a very wonderful cake – it was a honey cake, looks very similar to tiger. It was called, if I'm not mistaken, "the White tiger"... I really liked the idea of the incarnation of the animal, and I thought, "What have I done? Did I fail?" In General, I liked the idea, it remained only to wait for the right occasion and the free time... the Occasion was my last birthday, which falls on the second mid-August – summer vacation at our University... So time was "rife!" The only thing I did not want to follow cake both externally and internally... Again, birthday – big family celebration with lots of guests... for such a case requires the "cake" bigger... In the end I got that Leopard! I note that he is a honey cake prepared according to this recipe, very tasty, and the chefs who are unlikely to undertake hard work – production of leopard, I advise you to take note of the recipe of the cake. Believe me! It is just gorgeous! Those who dare to make a "pussy" - You will find a long and difficult job... BUT the result! The result will plunge all in shock (in a good way)! The presence of such a cake on the festive table will leave a memory about the day the rest of your life! I want to note that I never went to art school, drew and was not involved in modeling. ... So I apologize if I somewhere failed to convey the anatomical features of this species of the cat family...
In a large, deep saucepan put the honey and while stirring wait until it boils.
Without ceasing to stir, add 3 teaspoons of baking soda, 6 tablespoons water, salt. Gradually add sugar. Boil this sugar-honey mixture over medium heat to dissolve the sugar, continuing to stir. Cooking time after boiling for 3-5 minutes. During this time, the mixture acquires a yellowish-brown hue.
Remove pot from heat. Add the butter and stir, achieve its complete dissolution.
Give our lot a bit to cool to a temperature of 45-50 degrees, the arm must be hot enough, but tolerable. To drive alternately 6 eggs, each time stirring well.
Add the flour, cocoa and cinnamon. Thoroughly knead the dough first with a spoon, then by hand.
The dough will be sticky and a little watery. Cover the pan tight lid and "forget" about it for 1-2 hours. At the end of this time the flour will swell the dough will become more flexible, elastic.
Poured on the flour table roll out the pastry, dividing it first into 9-12 pieces. You need to make the layer sufficiently frequent nakoly with a fork. Bake on the baking paper, sprinkled with flour. The size of the cakes 25x35 cm. Baking time 10-12 minutes on the top tier of the oven, at a temperature of 190-220 degrees.
I got 11 cakes and one of the unsightly remnants of the test.
Let's cream. Mix 0.5 litre fresh cream with 20 grams of vanilla sugar.
Continue whisking, adding a spoon of boiled condensed milk. Whisk on low speed (so the cream turned into butter) until achieve a homogeneous air consistency.
Separately, beat 300 ml cream until peaks.
Add to the crème de La crème here is a thickener and whisk for another 2-3 minutes.
Add sour cream to the whipped cream. Gently stir movements from top to bottom with a spoon or wooden spoon (the mixer is not to use!).
Our coat cakes with cream. I missed 10 of the cakes, leaving one in reserve. Who doesn't want to mess around with leopard - on this believe our cake is ready, decorate it as desired, and allow to soak for 4-6 hours in the refrigerator. The cake is very large - a minimum of 4-5 pounds... if desired, you can proportionately reduce the components of the recipe. Who doesn't want to stop there - keep going. Give the cake to infuse, to soak up the cream for 4-6 hours and begin to cut! Cut the cake crosswise into two halves.
In one of the resulting halves of the cut strip - formed front legs. Cut part does not retract far, it will be useful to us for making hind legs.
From the second half of the cut piece with a width of 7-8 inches.
Put this cut piece to our first half, we need to increase the length of the torso of a leopard - pan, and the oven's a bit short.
From the second half of the cut square. On our leopard do a conical cutout in the center of the legs, thickness of 6-7 cakes and set back square cut - it will serve as a template for the head of our pussies.
Make a cut along the body, placing the scapula, formed by the upper limbs.
Fillet the sides, these scraps fill the holes between the head and the torso. Puts the hind limbs.
On the front paws leave on three-four cake. Fillet the rear of our leopard.
Do the grouting. Using blender or grinder to grind, as necessary, a portion of the cut cakes together with the cream. Add to this "lapalco" nothing else - it perfectly fills the gap.
Fill our leopard this lapilli. Hands must be constantly wet with warm water. For the period of the grout temporarily had to abandon the hind legs to enhance the appearance of your thighs.
The most interesting place my camera got battery... (the time required for their charge 8-10 hours) to a simple battery at home is also not there, and to go to the store it was not possible - the creative process took place in the dark, long after midnight... Well, nothing... explain that! (although everything is visible in the photos) For the period of the night pussy got the tail of lapilli, back back the tips of the back paws, formed a head.
Here are a few pictures from different angles.
Abandoned us in advance of the cake cut a few corners - they will serve as the ears of our leopard. The corners slightly rounded edges and puts the received the lugs in the right places. Begin to gradually shape the snout of the animal.
Draw the ears, we continue to work on the muzzle.
Very gently and slowly draw the nose, cheeks and mouth.
Improvised tools can serve as a knife and a teaspoon.
I wanted them to be a little hung - for it was cut and filled two small pieces of plywood on the lower part of the dressing (the dressing is also performed independently from furniture Board factory spacing required size in the house is not found...)
Melt in a water bath 100 grams white chocolate, adding the powdered sugar. Cover of the far Eastern leopard in several stages of this glaze, giving a little podsunut each of the layers.
Melt in a water bath for the remaining 200 grams of white chocolate and add food coloring. Add the dyes carefully, well stirring - you have to achieve the most similar colors. Apply the icing with dye on leopard in several layers, evenly color it.
Then another creative step! Melt in a water bath chocolate and apply a thin brush patterns on our leopard.
To the end to make him the face by inserting eyes of green marmalade.
Everything!!! Our leopard ready! You can imagine this storm of emotions you have experienced my family and friends?! Laughter, joy and even tears...
Here in the background my 2-year-old nephew, who was strongly against cutting pussy! Disturbing: "kitty yum-yum no!" came from his mouth continuously until he was taken to another room so as not to injure the psyche of the child... Everyone was sorry to cut this cake, they said it should be put on a shelf and admire... If you heard the shriek of the crowd, when the leopards swept the first incision with a knife...
We all wanted to keep the animal's head... really! Look! This is what's left of the leopard the following morning...
About this cake can be a lot more to say... me even now (and when I'm typing on the keyboard) get overwhelmed at times... well, the cake is delicious, regardless of whether you cut it in leopard or not... the following is a series of photos.