One thing I’ve always wanted to do was try my hand at cake decorating.
Sure I’ve frosted many 9×13 cakes in the pan.
But a two or three or four layer cake? Never!
I frosted a five layer cake!!
With a real frosting bag and decor tips!
Thanks to my friend who loves to decorate cakes.
It all started with my friend’s co-worker who was concerned that there wasn’t enough cake ordered for her niece’s wedding.
Being the wonderfully kind soul she is, my friend volunteered to make more cakes for the wedding reception. Two layer cakes and a half sheet cake.
Since my friend was short on time, I volunteered to help. I may be slim on experience, but usually I am pretty handy in the kitchen. At least I can follow behind and wash dishes and clean up.
Instead, my friend allowed me to frost the simpler layer cake. And place the beautiful roses she created on the cake, too.
She filled in behind with pretty leaves and such.
When we were finished and the cakes were all boxed, and there was plenty of frosting remaining. My friend said to me, “It’s too bad we didn’t think to bake another cake so you could try your hand at decorating.”
I asked if it was possible to bake another cake anyway and she thought it was a great idea.
I chose two smaller cake pans that together hold a single cake mix.
And then I learned a sweet little secret!
If you want to make an ordinary box mix taste extraordinary…tweak it with a few ingredients:
- Add an extra egg
- Replace milk for the water
- And double the amount of oil with butter. So, if your mix calls for 1/2 cup of oil, use 1 cup of softened butter instead.
These small changes really make for a richer cake.
Once my chocolate cakes were baked and cooled, I sliced them in half horizontally so that I had four layers. We did have a half layer of white cake left over from the wedding cakes, so I decided I would add that to my layers to make five layers and a little surprise when sliced.
I’m probably the only person who has never decorated a cake before, but I did have a wee level of confidence from watching Martha Stewart frost a cake a bazillion years ago on TV.
The frosting was piped on each layer and smoothed before adding the next layer. When it was finished it looked like this. Seriously, I like this rustic look. And if I should ever make a layer cake like this again I might be a little neater and serve it this way.
Next I smoothed the cake with a skim of frosting. I was feeling good….my cake was starting to take shape.
The cake then received her finish coat of frosting and she was ready to put on her fancy spring dress.
There was plenty of white and green frosting left over for decorating, but an additional color was needed for my flowers. I chose a violet. The photos make it look a bit bluer than it was. Since we’re pretending it’s springtime (Mother Nature the calendar says it’s springtime!), I wanted my cake to have flowers that reminded me of violets.
For my first attempt without much practice, I am pretty pleased with how the cake turned out.
There is no question, I will not be making money selling decorated cakes.
But, if you come for dinner, I could serve it for dessert without embarrassment.
And, it tasted pretty good too.
When I first embarked on this little bit of cake decorating fun, I hadn’t thought about taking photos. If I did, I probably would have chosen to place my cake on a plate rather than the cardboard base which you see. But, for a rookie…the cardboard base was a good thing. It just isn’t quite as photogenic for my smaller size cake. Then again, my cake isn’t exactly magazine worthy so it’s okay. Right?
After all this, I discovered that my Craftsy affiliate has online cake decorating classes that I need to take. They have some free classes and many other reasonably priced classes as well. Here’s a link to the eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas [Note: I will make a commission on any purchase you make through the Craftsy links.]
- Do you do your own cake decorating or do you usually order decorated cakes?
- If you’re like me….what’s kept you from cake decorating?
- What’s your dream cake?
- And…do you have a favorite way to tweak a cake mix?
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