Sunday, June 1, 2014

Chocolate Cake and White Cake EQUALS a Friend's Birthday Cake

Wow!  I can't believe it's been almost a year since my last post.  Honestly, I don't know where my time goes.  But with summer upon us, I'm hoping to catch up and get back to some serious baking.

I volunteered to bake a cake for a dear friend's birthday.  And she doesn't know it.   The last cake I decorated was WAY back in the beginning and it was pretty … wobbly.  Ok - it was bad.  So, I'm feeling a bit intimidated.

First, everyone agrees she likes chocolate.  So I planned a chocolate cake.  Then, luckily, we were all talking about desserts and she mentioned that she doesn't like chocolate cake unless it's really moist.  Hm.  Great.  Sounds like "everyone" likes chocolate instead of Judy!  LOL

So me thinks, thinks me … I'll use my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe because it is super moist.  Then paranoia took over.  I need to do half chocolate and half white.  No idea how to do THAT.  Look it up on Cake Central.  Ok, I think I can swing that.  I did the tilt and pour method.  I poured the chocolate into the tilted pan first, because it is the heaviest batter.  When I added the white cake batter, it was amazing.  They pretty much stayed 2 separate cakes!  Good on one hand, maybe not so good on the other because the cake wanted to crack into 2 pieces where the 2 flavors met.  The frosting helped keep it all together.

I tried a different frosting because I wasn't happy with the consistency of my usual buttercream.  Again, I struggled getting the right texture to pipe but I finally got it and once I did, it worked great.  Unfortunately, I was running out of time and my flowers and writing were pretty shaky. 

I'm so mad at myself because I was so flustered that I forgot to take pictures.  But at least here is the final result.

Now, as to the "age" … we thought it would be nice to not be real obvious so another friend had her hubby get this equation for us.  We wanted it really complicated.  If anyone would like to verify what that age is, please let us all know.  We know what it's SUPPOSED to be, but … well, it's been a few years since math class.  LOL

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