Today I am showing you how to make a lumberjack cake for Canada day! This is a checkerboard cake decorating design in a plaid pattern that will impress anyone when you slice into it and reveal the surprise!
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If you didn’t know already, I am from Canada, and we are so lucky to live here. There are two official languages in our country, English and French. So for this video, I decided I would call upon my years of french courses in school and attempt to speak it in this video. I’d like to thank the Academy and my grades 4 through 11 French teachers.
Bilingualism, maple syrup, hockey and poutine are probably the most stereotypical things about Canada. And that we’re all polite. Canada’s version of the Forth of July is on July 1, and called Canada Day (imagine that). We have Canada Day to celebrate the union of three separate colonies joining into one within the British empire. It took place in the 1867 as the British North American Act and was renamed Canada Day in the 80′s. All good things happened in the 80′s.
Despite our separation from the British control, we still embrace their candy bars here. Flake Bars are a British candy bar that I managed to find at Bulk Barn. Bulk Barn has a decent assortment of imported candy and I bought them out of Flake bars at my local store. Sorry everyone else. You do not have to use Flake bars for this, as pretty much any similar chocolate bar (candy bar) will work. You could also just use chocolate buttercream with some etching with a fork.
I live in Western Canada, and the idea of the lumberjack is pretty common since our industry is mainly focused on forestry (at least where we are). We have millions of acres of untouched forested areas. Logging has seen a decrease in the last few years, but I remember as a kid, many people in our town were employed in the industry. Unfortunately for those families, many of them faced the shut down of the local mills and were faced with unemployment. Anyway . . . so we’ve seen a downgrade in the importance of the forest industry locally, but the flannel/plaid look still remains strong in our area and in Canada!
How to Make a Lumberjack Cake
- 4 x 8″ vanilla cakes: two burgundy, one black, one red
- Black, brown, tan vanilla buttercream and chocolate buttercream
- Flake bars (I found them at Bulk Barn)
- Prepare cakes, and cut into four rings each. Mix the black and burgundy cakes up, the red and burgundy to equal four different cake layers.
- Attach cake layers to a cake board and fill each layer with black buttercream.
- Cover entire stacked cake in brown (chocolate) buttercream. Cover the top with tan buttercream.
- Using a large fork, etch circular lines around the cake. Fill lines with chocolate buttercream and using a cake spatula flatten and blend the lines.
- To create cracks in the wood, mark out a small divot, fill with chocolate buttercream and blend with a paint brush.
- Trim Flake bars to the same height of the cake and place around the sides of the cake.
- Slice and serve when desired. Cake is best consumed within 2-3 days, and kept in a sealed container in the fridge.