This cake gave me the opportunity to try a whole bunch of new things so I was excited to do it right away! First off, I have never done a burger cake before. Also, I felt it would look better if the top bun of the burger was off to the side but that involved leaning a cake up on its side which I have also never done before (but thankfully worked first try!).
Then there was the recipes... the burger itself was a Tahitian Vanilla Butter Cake with Caramel Buttercream (as was one of the two additional cakes made to serve the number of guests who would be attending the party). This is a recipe I've been wanting to try for awhile and I had to source out vanilla paste for the recipe (which is $18.99 a bottle and this cake took a whole bottle!).
The second cake was a Chocolate Covered Strawberries Cake which was white chocolate cake layers filled with a strawberry mousseline buttercream and iced in a sticky chocolate frosting. I've only had the cookbook about a month that this recipe was in but it was one that caught my attention right away!
Here is what it looked like before it was iced in chocolate-y goodness...
I attempted to make a gumpaste replica of the birthday person to sit on the top of the burger based on a photograph. I'm happy with the little guy but wish it looked more like the actual person. The glasses made from florist wire were especially challenging with this one! If you look closely, there is a pen in his shirt pocket - this was done at the request of the family ordering the cake.
Having sampled both new recipes, they are both good but by far the Tahitian Vanilla Butter Cake with Caramel Buttercream is my favorite of the two - yum!
This blog will follow my adventures with cake, pastry and all things sweet!