Friday, September 3, 2010

happy birthday 1

After making these great cupcakes which got decorated well, I was on a quest to make another cool layered circular cake. I had been watching lot of videos and my mom sent me her old turn table. Luckily a friend’s birthday was coming up. It was her 21st birthday and it is on the 21st of August so it was a pretty big deal! It was her gold birthday and I had some cool metallic gel from Wilton that I wanted to use. After talking to her sister and getting lots of ideas from blogs and such, we decided to make a two tiered, torted (which means layered with filling) cake.

The cake was a yellow cake from the following recipe.  I was a little worried at first.  The wedding cake recipe from Wilton looked so perfect while it was baking.  This one looked a little contorted, but when you leveled it, it was good and SO TASTY!!!!!

Here is the recipe from :

David's Yellow Cake

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
8 egg yolks
3/4 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 - 8 inch round pans. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly tapped. Cool 15 minutes before turning out onto cooling racks.

In the middle of the layers we just put raspberry jam with a frosting piped dam to hold it all in.  The frosting was highly whipped, which made it amazing because it was so much lighter and just nicer.  The bottom layer was decorated with plain stripes.  I tried to use a paintbrush to smooth out the lines that the piping created, but it still was not so smooth.  Still need to figure that out.

The top layer of the cake, we tried a technique called brush embroidery.  There is a great link here to show where I learned to do it.  This video also talking about whipping butter cream for a long time.

I think it turned out great and it tasted great too.  Like really really great!

I have decided to start taking picts of the cakes when they are cut into so you can see all the cute layers and fillings.  This cake was also make almost a week in advance and frozen.  It worked great and tasted still so fresh on the day of the party.

1 comment:

  1. The gel makes the cake! It is gorgeous. I can't believe it was torted too!