I delivered the "1st Birthday" cake to the neighbor this morning at around 10:45. Yes, finished it. Yes, it was way more work than I thought. It was a good thing I had Thurs. and Fri. off from my "real job". I really didn't plan for my chocolate cake to crack into 5 pieces and the 2 extra runs to Market Basket for ingredients. So how did the cake turn out?
The cake was for around 30 people. I went back and forth from a sheet cake to a 2 tier. I ended up doing a 2 tier (think it serves the whole town), but in the end realized I didn't have a box high enough so I had to be flexible and figure it out. The top tier was a round 8 in. chocolate cake with an Oreo filling. Oh, by the way, LOVE the oreo filling (got the recipe from the Whimsical Bakehouse) - highly recommend it! The bottom 1o in. square was a vanilla cake with buttercream icing. I iced both tiers in buttercream and used straws to stack the cake. Along with the royal icing butterflies, I made some royal icing drop flowers. I really hope the cake tastes good!
What I learned from this cake:
1. A lot CAN go wrong... and it WILL! I was so discouraged the 1st cake I made fell apart. It couldn't even be saved.
2. Baking takes a lot of time. No really, a LOT!
3. Recipes are all trial and errror. Even if I've used them before, they may decide they don't want to work that day.
4. One has to be VERY organized - something I need to work on.
5. My kitchen really isn't big enough :) And I'm not getting along with my oven. She's not cooperating.
6. I need at least a 100 lb bag of confectioner's sugar on hand. Is that exagerating?
Ok, I promised a pic. Here is the cake:
Now back to that "horse" cake I'm working on for this afternoon.....