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Hello everyone.   It has been a while since my last post.   I will not give you a recipe for this post,  since it was a complimentary dish from a dearest person. All I can say is that it was delicious!    

Champagne - Chocolate Cake with Fructose

On the 31st of March 2011, my boss retired so we had a small party at a tavern called “Kyra Georgena” in Larnaca. Mr. Kyriacos was the best manager I ever had. We all love him very much because he is an honest, fair man, perfect in everything he did. We all learned a lot from him and we all wish him all the best for the years to come.

This is what was left from the food feast...!!!

So, as you can imagine I wanted to make something very special for him. I thought that since that party would be a celebration event, champagne would be a good idea, but, I had no idea how to make such a cake. I searched through the internet and I came up with a few ideas but the great help came from a blog called “Sugar Sweet Cakes and Treats” by Angela Tran. Angela has step-by-step instructions on how to make a gum paste bottle.

Below you will be able to find the cake recipe that I created especially for Mr. Kyriacos. The instructions on how to make the gum paste bottle can be found in Angela’s blog. I assure you that there you can find all the details. Thank you, Angela…!

The only thing I would like to tell you, from my experience, is to give the shaped gum paste bottle at least one week before you remove it from the mold and to place it on the cake the day you will serve it, otherwise your bottle might break.

Good luck with your Champagne or wine Bottle cake…

Champagne - Chocolate Cake with Fructose
Ingredients for the Chocolate Sponge Cake
200gr fructose sugar
8 large eggs
260gr all-purpose flour
40gr unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp unsweetened vanilla extract 

Sponge Preparation Method
1) Preheat the oven to 170ºC (338ºF).
2) Grease a rectangular pan (30cm x 20cm x 5cm).
3) Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
4) With an electric mixer beat together the eggs and fructose sugar for 8’ minutes, until light and fluffy; then add vanilla extract and the sifted flour (one tablespoon at a time). Do not over-mix.
5) Bake for forty minutes. Allow 5’ minutes before you remove the cake from the pan. Set the cake aside and allow it to cool completely before you decorate it.

Filling Ingredients
1 jar of diabetic strawberry jam (250gr)
(½ glass of hot water to dissolve the jam if needed)
1lt of double fresh cream
70gr unsweetened cocoa powder
50gr fructose sugar (or more, it depends on how sweet you want your filling to be)

Filling Preparation Method
1) Sift fructose sugar and cocoa powder.
2) With an electric mixer beat fresh cream, fructose sugar, and cocoa powder until the mixture becomes a cream. Do not over mix because if you do, you will have cocoa butter and not cream.

Cake Decoration
1) Divide the sponge into three layers.
2) Spread strawberry jam on each cake layer and then on top of the jam, spread 1cm of cocoa cream.
3) Repeat on all layers.
4) Cover the cake with the rest of the cream.
5) You can decorate your cake in any way you like.

In my photos, around the bottle, you can see white chocolate that was cut with a potato peeler. You can omit that if you want. I think that it created a more realistic view of a bottle in a basket.

As a second option, you can use Ivy’s sponge recipe, from, that she used in “Chocolate Cupcakes & Strawberry Mousse Cake”, which I think is a delicious version of a cake.


  1. WOW ..WOW and WOW again! This is simply amazing ... beautiful ... and I am sure tasty at the same time.

  2. Thank you Chris. This is very nice of you to say.

  3. Beautiful! Thank you for the reference to my blog and you did an excellent job on it!

  4. Thank you Angela for your comments, but especially for the useful tips!!!

  5. This cake is so beautiful! I am definitely saving this!

  6. Very festive! And I love the photo of the post-party!

  7. Wowowowow, cool looking cake :)

  8. Bravo Eftychia, your cake looks amazing and I am sure your retiring boss must have appreciated the time you have spent to make it.

  9. Hello Ivy, yes he was very pleased with it. Actually he did not even expect to have a cake.

  10. That is an amazing cake, i know he must have been soo excited.

  11. This is a lovely cake! And such a sweet post. Sounds like your manager was lucky to be surrounded by such caring people.

  12. what a gorgeous cake! that chocolate looks so good, i think i could have eaten it all by myself. and the gumpaste bottle is adorable!

  13. This cake is awesome! Very impressive!

  14. I'm totally amazed! :O It's not beautiful, it's simply gorgeous!!!

  15. This is amazing! What a fantastic cake to make for this celebration. I am in awe of people who can decorate like is such a talent!

  16. You did such a lovely job on that cake! It's absolutely wonderful! Very impressed!


  17. Very cool! I'm not so good at cakes, but I feel like that's the reason I should make more--to get better! This is beautiful, well done :)

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  19. Hey ! Thanks for stopping by my blog! this cake looks absolutely amazing!!! a wine cake is right up my alley !!! (gluten free of course =] )

  20. Hey ! Thanks for stopping by my blog! this cake looks absolutely amazing!!! a wine cake is right up my alley !!! (gluten free of course =] )

  21. This cake looks fantastic! What a creative idea for a special occasion. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  22. I can see that this cake is made for special occasions ... I would like to have it for my birthday. it definitely caught my attention

  23. Hello mates, how is the whole thing, and what you would lie to say on the topic of
    this post, in my view its genuinely amazing designed for me.


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