So my brother is currently training to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Philippines. One of the missionary in his group is turning 20 so my bro asked me to make a cake for him. I decided to make a cake that was the size of these new sheet pans I got. I think they are something like 11x17 inches. I cooked two boxes worth of mix, one box in each pan. This is awesome because it makes the layers about one inch thick. This way you do not have to cut any layers and you can use a moister cake, like a cake mix. It might be a little lazy, but it's pretty sweet!
I put some chocolate mousse in the middle of the layers. It is 2 cups of whipping cream, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 3 T of baking coco powder. You just whip it up until it's thick and holds a peak. This stuff tastes REALLY good and is light enough to put in a rich, buttercream cake. It is also easy to make and fairly cheap compared to some other fillings I have tried. Gotta love that.
I dirty iced the cake and stuck it in the freezer until it was harder. I then iced the cake, paying special attention to the sides. I then used some really wide round tips to put the red and blue frosting on the cake. I spread it around with a metal spatula and added the writing and the yellow stars and sun. This is the Philippines flag and I think it turned out pretty good. I was a little disappointed in the red icing. I put in as much dye as I could handle before the icing started to sort of break down and it still just didn't turn super red. Well, maybe I'll try some other brands of dye.
We just got a Hobby Lobby here in town and it is AMAZING!!!! They have lots of cake boxes and cake boards which is just dandy for me. It makes me feel pretty ligit to deliver a cake in a nice looking box.