Nazzy Bakers Edible Diwali Gift Idea: Mini Diya Cakes 

After seeing pictures of my Diwali Diya cake from the previous blog post, i had several enquiries from people to recreate the cake for them to give to family and friends as gifts. This is not a service that I usually provide, however, a friend who wanted these cakes to give out as gifts, offered to pay for the cost of making the cakes. Win win! She got the cakes and I got to bake and write this blog post 💕

In this post, i will show you pictures of the step by step process. The baking, ganaching, fondanting and decorating of these cakes was incredibly time consuming, and even more so, since i chose to hand paint all the detail.

If you have ever seen a Diya, you will know that that they have a rustic clay like look. I wanted these cakes to have the imperfections that a typical handpainted clay one would.

#perfectlyimperfect

Heres how i made them:

  1. I started by making a chocolate mud cake batter.


2. I then sprayed and filled an oven proof bowl.



3) I baked the cakes in a pre-heated oven until cooked.


4) Once cooled, I ganached each cake and shaped them to look like Diya’s. 

(I did not want to smooth the ganache too much as I wanted the Diyas to have a rustic hand made clay type look) 

If you prefer a cleaner look, you can shape the cakes to suit, and then apply a smoother ganache layer.


5) While the ganache set, I covered each cake board with fondant and using an impression roller, rolled a design onto each board.

Using edible paint, I painted over the board, and once dry, used a gold edible paint mixture to paint the impression pattern.





6) I allowed the boards to dry, and in the meantime covered each Diya with fondant. Using a watermelon red edible paint, I painted each Diya Cake and allowed them to dry.

7) Using stencils, I cut out fondant designs to decorate the Diya cakes, and applied them to the cakes once the red paint had dried fully.


8) I chose to use white fondant and hand paint each piece to give the Diya the rustic handmade look. 

Again, this is a matter of preference. My method took a long time, and a tonne of patience. You can use pre coloured fondant to save time, and to give your cakes a cleaner more professional look. 

9) Once all the designs were stuck to the cakes, and the paint was dry, I added a gold bullet candle to each, and added a few piped dots which I  then painted gold.

Herewith the results of my mini Diya cakes:

I hope you have enjoyed this post:) If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on Facebook messenger, or by email : nazzybaker@gmail.com
Don’t forget to like and share this idea with anyone that you think would enjoy it!
xx NaZzYbAkEr xx

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Nazzy Bakers Vegan Chocolate Banana and Coconut Loaf

Hello, and happy 2017 to all my followers 🙂 while it has been a while since i published a blog post,  i promise, i have not been bludging! I have many, many ideas and recipes that i will be sharing with you this year, so stay tuned!!

Over the last few months, people have inquired with me as to whether i bake vegan cakes. The answer has been no, as in my family, there has never been a need to. I must say though, that in recent months, and after a popular documentary has aired on free tv, vegan popularity has gone through the roof for all its many benefits. A few of my friends have now become vegans, and so i have had to come up with recipes for yummy baked goods that they are able to eat.

This is the first ever vegan recipe that was baked in my kitchen, and i have to admit, the taste of this cake was pretty damn awesome! So, if you are keen, whether or not you are a vegan…. please give it a go 🙂

Herewith the recipe card: (it can also be found in my recipe section)

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1) Combine the dry ingredients

2) Combine the wet Ingredients. And then combine the wet and dry ingredients.

3) Once combined, bake until cooked. And once cooled, decorate as you wish 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed this post:) If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on Facebook messenger, or by email : nazzybaker@gmail.com

Don’t forget to like and share this idea with anyone that you think would enjoy it!

xx NaZzYbAkEr xx