Monday, June 29, 2009

TWD: Perfect Party Cake

I'm Late, I'm LATE! Can you beleive I started this last night....but it was during The Bachelorette and I lost all control at the rose ceremony. Let's get to the real business, shall we?

Welcome to another week of TWD!

This week was hosted by Carol of Mix, Mix…Stir, Stir. Be sure to run over to her blog for the recipe of this fabulous cake!

I must say, I have had my eye on this cake since I bought Baking From My Home to Yours. And I was super excited it was on the June baking roster.

I made this for our Father’s Day BBQ. When I brought it out, my brother in law asked “Did you really make that?” When I told him “YES!” He didn’t believe me. That is how utterly impressive this cake is.

I can’t say the cake was polished off by the guests that day, but those that did try it said it was literally the best cake they have ever had!

I didn’t make any changes to the cake batter itself. I had no problems with sinking or rising that some of the other bakers have complained about.

For the filling and frosting: I used very good quality red raspberry preserves from the Farmer’s Market for in between the layers. I had to whip 2 cups of Chantilly cream for in between the layers because the frosting recipe on the book was NOT enough. Next time I would probably double the recipe.
I loved the frosting, although I didn’t add the lemon juice to it. I also didn’t think it was too buttery like a few of the other bakers mentioned. I happen to love butter and thought it was rich and much better than a traditional American Buttercream with confectioners’ sugar, which I’m not a fan of.
I think the Chantilly cream did keep the flavor light so I would recommend using that for the inside layers. I omitted the coconut, and instead decorated it with raspberries to compliment the raspberry preserves.

To make frosting the cake easier, I froze the layers overnight, and then froze each layer for 10-20 minutes before I added another layer. That seemed to keep it together nicely.
I really enjoyed this cake and would definitely make it again!


Rachelle S said...

I love the height your layers got! Mine were only 1" tall.

Creative Classroom Core said...

Love the raspberry decorations on yours! Beautiful :)

Jessica said...

It's gorgeous! I can definitely understand why your brother-in-law didn't believe you at first. It looks like a very professional cake. I'm so glad that it was a hit on Father's Day!

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian) said...

OMG-this is AWESOME!!!I wish I could bake something that would turn out like this :(

Leslie said...

Great idea to freeze this to make it easier to handle. It looks SOOOO delicious! I'm glad it was such a hit!

Ms. PH said...

What a beautiful cake! I love the raspberries on the top!

isabelle said...

Your cake looks fantastic! I love the way you decorated your cake. Nice job!

AmyRuth said...

Awesome decorating job! One of the most beautiful!
Great job

Snooky doodle said...

wow your cakes are awesome and your photos spectacular :) you re really talented !