We’re about to surprise a subscriber
with a $1,000 cake and she has no idea that we’re coming to her house! Welcome
to How To Cook That I’m Ann Reardon and this is of course Dave Reardon … my lovely husband 💪 You guys know him. Now one of the things you’ve been asking for is could we
do ‘mail time’ 💌 on camera so Dave has been down to the PO box thank you for that.
I’m gonna give you a heavy parcel I don’t know what that one is …
and let’s see this one is from Judy … okay me first. Re: the hundred-year-old
baking cakes my father took bread and dripping to school for his lunch in the
Depression era. wow thank you for that Judy. That’s very cool what’s in yours? I have a
terrific book by … Kawaii Sweet World’s cookbook. Hope you’re doing well, wanted to send you a copy of
my new cookbook for you to enjoy 75 all new recipes always been a fan of yours
for so long hope you enjoy it keep up the amazing content. Oh look if I can
find where you buy the cookbook I might put a link to that below so that is her
new book. Good on ya. What is this one? Another letter. Papier! This is from Kass and Kass also got a puppy… we got a puppy as you know Molly 🐶 she got a
puppy Missy at the same time and she got home from school yesterday I came into
my room and she was fast asleep on my bed.
She loves socks and tissues and cling wrap! Molly loves socks and tissues if she can
get into the recycle bin in particular… oh my goodness what a huge huge mess! Don’t you think it would be so much fun just to rock up on the doorstep of one of our
subscribers and just surprise them? We should do it! How would you choose who? There is so many. Someone in
Australia. Well that would make life easier. Hey what is this? Oh look at that! That says Ann’s recipes and
that says Dave’s notes for my next book! Papier, we love your channel
just wanted to send you a little personalized gift and we added something
in for Dave too – Thank You! Kindest regards Sarah and the Papier team. That’s very nice. I know who this is from I’m excited about this one this is from Mud
Australia, I really really like Mud. Do you want to explain what mud is? You know all
the little bowls in my videos little ones and lots of people ask where I got
them from, they’re from Mud. they’re very pretty. They’re pretty and they’re fine I
really like ceramics and pottery and I think because I like artistic crafty
things I really appreciate things that are well crafted these are a favourite. These are
handmade? Yeah, they’re with it’s called a … yeah I can’t remember. Lots of little bowls you
will see they see the upcoming videos very kind of them. Thank you Mud.
So who are gonna go to? Do you reckon we really can? We should, like a real
a super-fan! Someone who comments someone who obviously they’ve written,
but they comment all the times. Maybe someone with a good story. You know who could be good and I’m
pretty sure she’s in Australia … you know that the girl who sent a
hand-painted card to James when he was in hospital and she sent me a
handmade birthday card and she’s one of the first to comment
nearly every video? Yeah I reckon I can look for her card because the birthday card she sent had a flower … and she wrote when James was sick right, when he was really sick? She did and she said that she’s been in hospital a lot as well! Done, she’s the one! But where does she live. Emily she’s in Queensland.
That’s part of Australia 🇦🇺it is, it’s not in the same State. But it’s only a PO box, so we can’t just rock up to a PO box and yell ‘surprise’! What if I was to write to the
parents at the PO box because probably it’s their PO box. It probably is
because kids don’t have a PO boxes. We just got an email here from Emily’s mum …
your idea sounds great and I’m very happy to help you make this a really
special time for Emily. I’m trying to decide what to do for Emily’s cake we
fly in a couple of days so I need to bake today I need to get this sorted out
I’m stressing out a bit. I’ve been emailing her mum, I know she likes
chocolates I’ve already decided on a chocolate cake. I’ve also found this
little box idea that you put some plastic bag things in and you pull out
surprises that are hidden inside the cake. Usually traditionally they just
have money in them so we might put some cash in there so she can go buy some
stuff but also Dave’s secured some tickets. So I want to put that inside, so I
was thinking a cake about this size would be good and then I can hide that
inside. chocolate cake chocolate bars around the outside and then I remembered
on a plane you’re not allowed to hold things on your knee for takeoff and
landing … they have to be in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front
of you. So I pulled out my hand baggage case to measure how tall those
compartments are and it’s way too big there’s no way this is gonna fit so I’m
gonna have to go back to the cake decorating shop get a different cake box
smaller cake boards and shrink my whole idea down so that it will fit in the
overhead compartment. I’m also a little bit worried because on planes when they
come into land the whole plane actually tilts like this and because I’m not
holding the cake I can’t balance that out and tilt it the other way … the
actual cake is just going to tilt so I’m a bit concerned that we’re going to get
there and have a cake that’s falling apart um I guess
if that happens I don’t know I guess it depends how bad is whether I’ll be able
to repair it or not I’m just kind of hoping and praying that the cake stays
together. But first of all we do need to actually make it. I’m making up a big
bowl of milk chocolate ganache for between the layers and then I’m gonna
put that in the fridge to firm up while I bake the cakes. I’m using my rich
chocolate cake and the recipe for that is of course on the How To Cook That
website with a video showing how to make it so I’m not going to do that here. It
does have a lot of eggs in it and that makes it a really moist cake, you can
also swap the flour out for gluten-free flour if you’re a celiac or just not
eating gluten. We’re going to need four trays of this cake because the cake
we’re making is quite big. The plastic box that I had is a bit too big so I’m
making my own just by cutting a firm box down to size. Then we’re going to need a
plastic tube in the middle this is just a cake support tube and I’ve cut it to
the same width as the box and then I’m just gonna spike a cake pop stick right
the way through the middle so it sticks out either side and looks like that. Next
we just need a slit at the top now I don’t want that in the middle I want it
right at the front or the back and it needs to be just wide enough to pull
these out of it. So once it’s finished my box looks like this it has a roller in
the middle and a slit right over to one side. Slide your money into your bags … in
Australia our notes are actually plastic so you probably could wash these up
really well and just use them but I just don’t like the thought of money touching
food so I’m gonna put it all in bags. Now we have to put all of those together so
what you have to do is peel off the adhesive from one and just join the next
one on like that and once they’re all joined together you can roll them around
the tube and roll it up and then secure it inside the box using the cake pop
stick. Then I’m going to wrap the whole thing in sticky tape so it doesn’t
absorb the moisture from the cake or the frosting. Now that the
cakes are cooled you can cut them into squares and you should be able to get
two squares from each tray then add a little bit of ganache onto a cake board
that is slightly bigger than the size we cut the squares of cake and this ganache
is just to stop the cake from slipping. then add your first layer of cake on top
and then because this is not being eaten today I’m going to add some simple syrup
to keep it really moist. This is just equal quantities of sugar and water
heated together until the sugar is dissolved. Stack up your first three
layers and then add cake support rods I’m using four rods one in each corner.
Spread on a thin layer of ganache add a cake board a little bit more ganache and
then your next layer of cake and then stack it up to the top. Use something
straight to make sure you’ve stacked them directly on top of each other not
crooked like me and adjust that just to make it right. Cover the top of the cake
in buttercream making it as flat as you can and do the same on all four sides. I
am using buttercream on the side so use ganache between the layers you can use
ganache on the sides as well if you want to it’s up to you. Run something straight
along the edge and then add more buttercream wherever you have gaps and
then just run it along again. The frosting is nearly done and now I have
remembered that I’ve got to put a box inside the cake so if you’re making this
put the box in before you do the frosting! 🤣 cut a hole in the top that is
the depth of the box plus a little bit and scoop out that cake and then add the
box into place pushing it down firmly and then you want to hide the evidence
by covering that over with buttercream. now for the outside I want to have
Chevroned patterned KitKats. Now I started cutting them on a 45 degree
angle at each end but then it didn’t look that neat when I put them together
so instead I decided that it’s much easier if I put them together like this
in this sort of pattern and then I don’t have to cut any of the ones in the
middle I only have to cut the ones at the edge and to do that I’m putting them
between two cake boards and trimming it off in a straight line. Once you’ve cut
them all add them to the sides of your cake and once all the sides are done
then use two boards to gently just push them into the buttercream … now I’m going
to make sure they stay there and they’re not going to fall off while we’re
traveling and now to package it for the plane ✈ This cake is really heavy so I’m
hoping it’s not over the hand-luggage weight limit and hopefully the box will
hold all the KitKats in place while we’re traveling because this cakes gonna
be out of the fridge for the whole journey. I know if she likes Harry Styles
so I thought I might put a butterfly on the top which is his tattoo just as a
nod to that … then I’m just cutting around it so that the shape is perfect. 🦋
We need supports obviously so that we can poke it into the top of the cake but
also I’ve got this cross support that is going to have the packet over the top. To
make it strong get two little rectangles of fondant and add them on top of the
rods at the back, then flip the whole thing over and using an edible food
grade marker draw on the butterfly tattoo pattern. Personally I have never
had a tattoo I don’t really want one but I’m just imagining as I draw all these
lines how much this would hurt it’s so detailed to get all of that inked in
with needles just sounds very painful 🤕 then we want to roll a really thin snake
of black and add that on for the antennae.
Then to pack my suitcase, load up the car get the cake and we’re off… Okay are you ready everyone? Hi are you Emily? Your Mum knew all about ๐Ÿ™‚ So this is Emily obviously … so you wrote
James a letter a while ago when he was in hospital and you mentioned then that
you yourself have had like 20 surgeries or anaesthetics before … do you mind me asking why you had so many surgeries? I have juvenile
arthritis, I’ve had that since I was three.
Wow. So um I just go in every now and then when things start to get really bad.
And you said you had one when you were awake? Yeah I’ve had a couple when I’m awake!
That’s very brave, that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun at all … and you said in the
comments a while ago that you wanted to marry Harry Styles … are you still a fan?
Yes yes! So did you recognize the top of the cake?
Yes 💕 We’ll take the butterfly off and then we’ll cut it and have morning tea, sound good? Keep pulling! See there’s lots of surprises today. We’ve got some money for you to spend on
whatever you watch and then this one is for the whole family to go to Movie World and then also down the bottom we have tickets for the whole family to go to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical! We thought since your Mum and your sister and everyone else has been keeping the secret we thought we’d do something that you could all do together. Matt come in, so this is actually a Golden Ticket
for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so that’s for opening night when it
comes here so you guys can go and see that. That’s for you. Are you feeling overwhelmed again? Yeah! This is going to be really hard to cut, I’m not gonna lie! There’s KitKats all over
the outside. Oh look she’s a pro! Now you’ve been baking cakes as well I hear you made a sponge cake for your mum’s birthday? It’s really good! Should we get some
for your family as well? Mmm-hmm! We should. They’re all sitting
watching on. Let’s get them cake too. Do you want to do the end of the video for me? Subscribe to How
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