Sunday, March 30, 2008

Daring Bakers March Challenge: Dorie's Perfect Party Cake

Ahhh, Daring Bakers, how I love thee. This month's challenge was a recipe from Dorie Greenspan, the "Perfect Party Cake." This cake is light, fluffy, and perfect for embellishment with berries and buttercream. It is made with lemon zest and a little bit of buttermilk, so there's a nice tangy undertone, which only enhances the sugary goodness of the whole cake.

I am still working on being a cake decorator. As it stands, I'm decidedly not going to be, say, featured on Ace of Cakes any time in the near future. I can decorate a mean cookie, but when it comes to cakes, I freeze up. I'm working on it though. So my cake, which was filled with raspberry preserves and swiss buttercream, and topped with buttercream, gum paste flowers, and fondant bunnies, is a little sloppy looking. I love love love the Daring Bakers, though, because I posted about my difficulties, and I got all kinds of advice and support. So the next cake is gonna be awesome:







I actually spent Spring Break planning this cake. I made the gum paste flowers on Tuesday, the bunnies on Friday, and the cake that Sunday. I brought it in to rehearsal for my actors that Monday--and it was a hit. I highly recommend checking out all of Dorie's recipes--there's group of bakers who do "Tuesdays With Dorie," where they bake a different recipe and post about their experiences with it every Tuesday. It's kind of awesome.

Anywho, I'm off to finish editing my thesis...more soon!

Kay

12 comments:

L Vanel said...

The gum paste flowers look absolutely gorgeous. A beautiful decoration for this cake.

CB said...

aawww your bunnies are so uber cute. What a great easter garnish to your DB cake. Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Kate said...

I love your bunnies! They are adorable!

Beth G. said...

Your bunnies rock! Great job :)

Karen said...

Those flowers and bunnies are amazing! Wow, I am super impressed.

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kimberleyblue said...

Cute bunnies! Nice addition to any cake. :)

SaraLynn said...

Love the cake! Your bunnies are too cute! That's something I need to work on.

Amy J. said...

What adorable bunnies!

Lunch Buckets said...

I think the bunnies are freakin' adorable!

Annarasa said...

The bunnies are the cutest!!

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Tartelette said...

You did a fabulous job! The bunnies are too cute!! I mailed your book on friday, I hope you like it!

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a wonderful job on your cake. The bunnies are too cute!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go