When I was first asked about doing a 16" x 24" sheet cake, I don't think I
really understood just how much cake that was! I was asked to come up
with a list of flavor options and in typical fashion, I proceeded to pick some
of the most complicated recipes I've ever attempted... which in hindsight, might not have been a smart decision for a cake of this size!!
The first obstacle I ran into was that my oven is not large enough to bake a
cake of this size... but that is simply solved by piecing together a number of
smaller cakes. The second obstacle I ran into is that cake boards are not sold
in any kitchen stores for a cake of this size. Ming Wo, however, was kind enough to order in a gigantic cake board on special order. The third obstacle I encountered was that this enormous cake board would not fit in my fridge,
meaning that the cake had to be assembled and decorated at the last possible moment leaving no room for error!
The cake flavor picked for this job was a Black and White Chocolate Cake
which features four layers of vanilla buttermilk cake with alternating layers of
dark chocolate pastry cream and white chocolate whipped cream. Since I'd never made pastry cream, I did a trial run of the recipe the weekend before and luckily, everything went very smoothly and it is a delicious cake.
I did some conversions on the amount of cake batter that would be required
and I bought all of the supplies I would need. I started the cake the day before it was to be delivered and after a morning of baking, I realized I would need double the amount of cake that I had estimated since the layers were too thin to torte... So I had to go buy more supplies and get back in the kitchen. At the end of the day, this cake took me 22 hours and contained 13 pounds of chocolate (white chocolate and bittersweet chocolate combined), 64 eggs and over 4 pounds of butter!!
The sheet cake is decorated fairly simply based on the advertisement for the
fundraiser the cake was for. I attempted to mimic the font from the ad and piped on flowers and music bars. Now that I've had some time to recover from the exhaustion, I'm fairly happy with how this cake turned out!
This is a Hershey's chocolate syrup cake. I had never heard of such a cake
before but it was specifically requested so I went on a search for a recipe. I
was left to select the icing flavor and after trying the cake, I decided on a
mocha buttercream which I thought would complement the cake flavor well.
The head of the cow is made with rice krispie squares covered in fondant. The legs and udder are made from fondant and the body of the cow is all cake.
This is one of the most difficult cakes I have attempted so far and it was
definitely a challenge!
This is a coconut cream pound cake made in a 3D easter bunny pan.
I wanted to make the ears floppy so I carved the ears off the cake and added my own fondant ears to the cake and then iced the cake in a pina colada
The eyes, nose and mouth are made from fondant and stuck into the buttercream. The tulips are handmade candies and the grass was piped in pina colada buttercream.
Happy Easter!! And now onto the next cake... a 3D cow for next weekend!
I think this is my favorite cake I've done to date. It was tons of work but it
turned out great! For two weeks leading up to the cake, I made the Finding Nemo characters out of fondant. I loved the decorations for this cake even without the actual cake!
The bottom tier of the cake was PBCB (peanut butter-chocolate-banana) cake iced in a milk chocolate-peanut butter buttercream and covered with a lightly peanut butter-flavored marshmallow fondant. The frosting that went with this recipe was a disaster and had to be thrown out so I made this recipe up to go with it and it was really good.
The top tier was a sour cream chocolate cake with an Oreo buttercream covered in a chocolate-flavored marshmallow fondant. I've been wanting to try an Oreo cookies n' creme type buttercream for awhile and thought a 3 year old's birthday party was the perfect occasion to do so!
This blog will follow my adventures with cake, pastry and all things sweet!