Cake with marzipan pod and white chocolate truffle peas

I made this cake for friends of ours who just had a baby son. Instead of using ‘blauw met witte muisjes‘ (blue and white anise seed sprinkles) I wanted to make something with a pea in the pod theme even though this was not a baby shower cake. I mean, a pod filled with peas is like a family, right? Seemed like a fun enough idea. The original idea was to just make a marzipan pod with four white chocolate truffle peas (they already have a little girl) in a pod. I was very happy with the cuteness of the pod when I finished it. Instead of presenting it on a little plate I made a simple mini cake glazed with orange coloured (and orange flavoured) white chocolate ganache. I wouldn’t normally opt for this colour combination but the birth announcement had these colours so the parents were bound to like the combination.

The pod looked a bit lost on the cake, even though it was a small cake. To fill up some of the vacant space I cut out the first letters of the first names of the family. Problem solved 😉 In retrospect I think more peas (not pods) would have been a prettier but I was running out of time (as usual 😉

Peas in a pod

35 g (1 ¼ oz) heavy cream

100 g (3 ½ oz) white chocolate, chopped

green food colouring

caster sugar

about 100 g (3 ½ oz) marzipan

Bring the cream to a boil and pour over the chocolate. Allow to stand for a few minutes. Stir until smooth and combined. Add a little green food colouring. Allow to cool to room temperature. Chill for a few hours before rolling. Roll the ganache into 2 smaller and 2 bigger balls. Roll the truffles in some caster sugar to cover. Cover and chill until ready to assemble the pod.

Colour the marzipan green with some green food colouring. Roll it out until about 5 mm (¼ in) thickness. Put a piece of baking paper up till the middle and fold the marzipan over. Cut out a pea pod shape free hand but it should be big enough to contain the 4. Fold the top layer of marzipan back and remove the baking paper. If you’re lucky you should see an imprint of the cut layer that was on top. If not, cut it free hand.

Place the 2 bigger truffles in the middle towards the edge of the marzipan. Place one small truffle on the left and one on the right of the bigger truffles. Fold the marzipan over the truffles, creating a pod shape. Adjust the marzipan were needed.

Cover and chill until ready to assemble the cake.

Cake

makes a 15 cm (6 in) cake

60 g (2 oz) butter, softened

60 g (2 oz) caster sugar

1 large egg

60 g (2 oz) flour, sifted

¼ ts almond extract

Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F). Grease a 15 cm (6 in) springform or cake pan. Mix the butter with the sugar until pale and white. Add the egg and continue to mix for a few minutes. Fold in the flour.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Orange white chocolate glaze

50 g (1 ¾ oz) heavy cream

100 g (3 ½ oz) white chocolate, chopped

a few drops of orange essentail oil

orange food colouring

Bring the cream to a boil and pour over the chocolate. Allow to stand for a few minutes. Stir until smooth and combined. Add the orange essentail oil and a little orange food colouring. Pour the glaze over the cake and help it along with a spatula when necessary.

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17 Responses to Cake with marzipan pod and white chocolate truffle peas

  1. dhanggit says:

    oh the marzipan pea pod is soooo cute!! i want to one!:-) great work art!

  2. Emilia says:

    For some reason this cake made me laugh a bit; it’s so cute 🙂

    That’s a great idea, to make a peapod cake.

  3. Wow! I’m with you Linda, the pea pod is fantastic. And I’m loving the size of the cake too.

  4. Rosa says:

    Stunningly beautiful! you are a real artist! I love that cake!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. Deborah says:

    This is so cute! Great job!

  6. Astrid says:

    Lovely! I also like that the decorations probably taste good too (marzipan and truffles, not like fondant). More peas, as in sprinkled around the pod? The letters look good to me.

  7. linda says:

    Dhanggit – thanks 🙂

    Emilia – I hope in a good way 😉

    Tanna – thanks 🙂 small is allows good imo

    Rosa – thanks 🙂

    Astrid – I like to work with marzipan because of its taste. Fondant would probably even be easier but I don’t like eating it. And yes, more peas sprinkled around the pod.

  8. Stella says:

    Wow, this bean pod is so perfectly shaped! Lucky this baby!

  9. Hannah says:

    Too cute!! And because this cake has “veggies”, it’s healthy, right? 😉

  10. Jj says:

    That is so precious! I just love the little “peas in the pod” – very creative!

  11. Leslie Green says:

    this is the cutest thing ever!!!!

  12. courtney(aka glamah16) says:

    Big smile. I know the marzipan tasted way bettter than sugar paste. Perfect.

  13. Y says:

    Cute! You always come up with the most interesting things.. I love it ! 🙂

  14. PIlle says:

    I love the green marzipan peas on the cake – such a neat idea!!

  15. Andrea says:

    I love the pea pod decoration, that is very cute!

  16. Mari says:

    This is fabulous! It’s just so cute! What lucky friends you have!

  17. Farhan says:

    This post really made me smile! I would love to have a friend like you! And a new pea in the pod!

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