Thursday, April 15, 2010

Much Ado About Cakes

We went to Disneyland for my littlest brother's birthday instead of having a big party. He really wanted to go to Disneyland, and a big party just didn't seem to fit into the crazy baseball schedule they've got going. I seriously do not know how my mom does it. She's got to be superwoman, I'm absolutely convinced. Since we didn't do a big party, my aunt and uncle offered to do a cake for my brother at Easter for the family. Since I didn't get to make him a big, fun cake for his birthday, I got to make him a smaller cake for Easter. This is the first and only pre-formed pan cake that I have ever made. Some of the contours were a but more challenging than I had expected. But I am overall pretty satisfied with how it turned out. The little imperfections actually work for this cake, being a pirate ship and all. My brother was really excited about it, which was enough for me. The cake itself was a white cake with butter flavored buttercream icing.

This is the birthday cake that I made for my cousin Ariel. We almost always have a cake for her at Easter since her birthday. Since I've been learning to make cakes and can always use the practice, my aunt and uncle took me up on my offer to make the birthday cakes this year. My
Cousin loves bright colors and gerbera daisies. Her favorite color is green, which is why the accent border is green. I had a lot of fun making the daisies, even though I had to repair a few petals that I broke. Gumpaste gets very fragile once it dries...at least when I make delicate flowers. My cousin knew what the flowers were right away and absolutely loved the cake. It was a gluten free dark chocolate mix with an irritating but delicious cream cheese filling and butter flavored buttercream icing. All the decorations are gumpaste or a gumpaste/fondant mixture.


16 comments:

Sarah Katie said...

As you know I have to do gluten free, what did you do to make the cake? Or is that a secret?

Sarah Katie said...

As you know I have to do gluten free, what did you do to make the cake? Or is that a secret?

Jaina said...

Sarah Katie-It's super top secret, so you can't tell. I went to Henry's Market and bought dark chocolate gluten free cake mix. SHHHHHHHH!!!! Don't tell ;) Honestly, I didn't have time to do it from scratch, but this cake mix was REALLY good. My initial description, with which I still agree, is like, dark chocolate/cocoa-y. It was quite tasty. I'll have to get the name for you, I think they had a website as well.

Jaina said...

Found it faster than I expected. I used Pamela's Products, wheat-free & gluten free, Chocolate Cake Mix (rich, dark, moist, decadent cake). Looks like they might have recipes on their website too. www.pamelasproducts.com. My cousin loved the cake. They have different mixes and whatnot at the store, they even have icing mixes. The bag has a few different ways to make it. I used the Pamela's Luscious Chocolate Cake with an extra egg to make it lighter.

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