I’m soooo caked out! I think it’s safe to say that no father out there will be getting a cake from me when father’s day rolls around.
After making 3½ cakes in one week (I’ll explain the ½ part later)…I think I’ve got the basics of cake making down!
A few tips I learned along the way:
Tip #1: The freezer is your friend
Freezing makes cutting and frosting so much easier.
Tip #2: Room temperature butter and eggs are a MUST
I was in a rush and made frosting with almost room temperature eggs and butter and came out with lumpy frosting. I learned from this blog that if you have lumpy frosting, it’s because your butter is probably cold, to fix it wrap a steaming hot towel around your bowl to slowly melt the better. That was great advice…until my frosting got too warm and started to separate! Then according to the same blog, I gave my bowl a nice ice bath to cool the frosting! That worked too…until my butter starting getting lumpy again. After repeating a few more times, I gave up and decided I’d make my frosting look organic (according to Chef Julie … organic looking = not perfect looking...which I was willing to accept by this point)!
Tip #3: Making 3½ cakes in one week will give you major cake burnout
Take it easy or you will hate making cakes! I’m done with cakes for next month or two!! My next project using my stand mixer will be bread…yummm…nothing like freshly baked bread to ruin my svelte figure!!
Enough talking…ONTO the pictures!
I have 2 unfrosted cakes in the fridge...trust me...they're there.
I went to 2 stores in my neighborhood and they were both out of unsalted butter and confectioners’ sugar (2 very important ingredients for making frosting)! Someone in Tustin Ranch is out on a baking frenzy…I think they went to all the stores in the neighborhood and cleaned them out! Anywho…this final cake was for my own mother!!! I told her a cake was on its way…but I’m tempted to buy canned frosting! Good thing she doesn’t know how to use the internet and can’t read my blog. HA!
After waiting patiently all week, they were very upset to learn that dog’s cannot eat cake.