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Chocolate Naked Cake

I was asked to make this cake for Lina's daughter's 23rd birthday.  This is only my 2nd time doing a naked cake.  A naked cake is a cake without a full coating of icing or fondant.  It is  basically a crumb coat.  For this cake I a three layer 8" chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling.  First, I leveled off the three layers, then piped the white butter cream around the top edge of two layers to form a dam for the chocolate filling.  I let them set in the fridge for about 15 minutes.  Once set I added the chocolate filling and covered in icing.  It was so strange to be done at that point.  I just had to add the flower.

The flower is made out of fondant; made a few days in advance starting with darker fuchsia to lighter to give it an ombre affect.  I added a dab of icing underneath to offset it slightly.

Mr. T was kind enough to deliver out to Brock St. where conveniently a 7-Eleven was close by again so that he could get himself a Slurpee on the way home. :)
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