This cake was my first cake that I was PAID to make. And despite several setbacks, it turned out well, I think.
Trisha, one of my mom’s co-workers, saw my Game of Throne’s cupcakes – my mom shows off my stuff at work – and wanted to order a bridal shower cake for her friend Sherri for April 20th. So as you can see, I’m not too late in getting this up as I am on the other ones. She wanted a plain sheet cake made of marble for 30 people and the colors blue and purple with the words “Sheri & Aaron, here’s to a ‘beary’ happy life together.” Sheri likes polar bears and the couple likes Jones soda.
Sadly, the design I made wasn’t what I wanted – meaning it didn’t turn out like my sketch. Originally it was supposed to have 3D modeling chocolate figures of an iceberg with two polar bears and a bottle of Jones soda between them, one was going to wear a veil, and the other a bow tie.
Trisha reported back to my mom, who told me that they LOVED that cake, but the frosting was too sweet. Which sucked. But I didn’t really like the recipe I used anyway. I’m going to show you the recipe, but please don’t use it unless you want a sugar overload. Like a major one.
But, I had three batches of modeling chocolate fail on me – not even kidding. Seriously. The quality of the chocolate was good, so I know it wasn’t that, the only thing I can conclude was that I had terrible quality of corn syrup. After three failed attempts at trying to make modeling chocolate – I went with my fail safe back up. Fondant.
The cake I used, was two of my favorites – ironically the chocolate and the yellow cake both had the same baking time and oven temperature. It was the yellow cake I used for my sister’s birthday cake and the chocolate one I apparently use for everything else. It was SO good, according to feedback. I’ll have to be sure to use it more.
I had to use fondant for the little design, and I had to hand paint it, which is no biggie, except that you only get one shot at it sometimes. Luckily, I only needed one shot because it turned out really cute. I was happy with the way the 2D design turned out, but majorly pissed that I couldn’t get the 3D to work out. I just ran out of time. I used my standard Marshmallow fondant recipe – if you’d like to see it please visit my Modest Medusa blog I wrote.
Jessi’s Favorite Cake
2¼ cups all-purpose flour (do not sift the flour)
1½ cups granulated sugar
3½ teaspoons baking powder
1¼ cups milk
1 stick butter (not margarine), softened
1-tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
Important Note: Measure the 1-1/4 cups of milk in a 2 cup measuring cup….then add enough vegetable oil to bring the liquid up to 1 1/3 cups.
Preheat oven to 350°
Preparation: Cut wax paper to fit the bottom of (3) 9 x 1 1/2-inch round pans. Spray the pans with cooking spray, place the wax paper in the pans and spray the paper.
1) In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, mixing well.
2) Add the milk/vegetable oil mixture, butter and vanilla to the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium to medium-high speed for 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
3) Add the eggs and continue beating an additional 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pans.
4) Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near center of cake comes out clean, or until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center.
Cool cakes on wire racks for 15 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely.
Frost as desired.
Jessi’s Favorite Chocolate Cake
For Layer Cake:
3 cups flour
2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup oil
2 cup water
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon vinegar
1) Preheat oven 350 degrees F
2) Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder in a bowl together. Combine oil, water and vanilla in a bowl as well, keep vinegar separate until final mix together.
3) Put in prepared pans and bake for 30 – 35 minutes.
4) Frost with icing or buttercream when cooled completely
The chocolate cake recipe is from that Mom’s Chocolate Cake Recipe that I talked about in Sorry They’re Late Birthday Cupcakes. I’ve recently made my own personal little cookbook, and I renamed all the recipes, so they’re no longer saved with their original names. I’d tell you if I made something up myself.
I made the icing with the following recipe, but again, I urge you NOT to use this. It’s overly sweet – and while the lemon extract helps a little, it’s not worth anything much.
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 3-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk
• Splash of lemon extract
• In a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Yield: About 3 cups.
This actually a modified recipe from the original and it still sucks.
For the design, I made a design of strokes on the cake all heading to the center, which makes it looked like cracked ice, which was the only way I could get the iceberg feel to it, although the fondant is shaped like an ice floe. It effect turned out nice, I was happy with that. Now, I don’t own an airbrush, it’s on my list of things to buy for my cake decorating supplies, so I had to use that Wilton spray mist color, which has the same effect as air brush. And then I had to mix up some more frosting so that I could make the edge design. I mixed up blue and purple and then put them in the same bag to make it look like a tie-dye job a little, so that both colors would be there and one wouldn’t be more prominent than the other. And then of course I wrote on it in black so the words would stand, because I have pretty nice penmanship with icing. I can do print, fancy or cursive.
If you didn’t pick the cake up and support in the middle, there was a cracked looked to the airbrush surface, which kind of worked for this cake though. Thankfully. Anywyay Trisha was happy, and so was Sheri with the design, and I of course lowered my price since I couldn’t make the 3D figures the way she wanted.
So that’s my latest cake escapade – until next time!