Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Happy Ever After

This past weekend was one filled with happily ever afters, and by that I mean weddings.  I had the privilege of attending one of them and after seeing the cakes (yes, there were multiple cakes!) I was inspired to make more regular sized cakes.  Shhh... don't tell my cupcakes.

Before attending the wedding though, I had the opportunity to try my hand at making a cake.  You read that right, I had not actually made a regular sized cake prior to this, ever.  As a novice baker, I believe that in order to consider myself a proper baker, I need to be able to produce a "cake" cake successfully with relatively little to no stress every time.

Since cakes are pretty much just larger versions of cupcakes, I decided that I would just put the cupcake batter in a 8x3 round pan and bake for double the amount of time.  Needless to say, that did not turn out as I expected.  As a matter of fact, I eventually ran out of eggs after the third failed attempt.  When I finally got my hands on a fresh batch of eggs, I came to my senses and consulted a proper cake recipe.  After some digging around, I settled on a basic egg-y vanilla cake from Alice Currah, a food blogger.

The recipe is not very long or difficult to follow, but I still had to go over it a few times before I could start.  I wanted to make sure that I read all of the directions, even if I did not follow them (thanks, Baz Lurhman).  The result was rather satisfactory, after I torted it, stuffed it with jam and piled on a pound of frosting.

With a little more practice, I am quite certain that I will be able to conquer the small nuances and produce decent cakes at least on the second try.  I am not being hard on myself, I just think that quality cakes should be a given if one were to grace themselves with the title of "Baker".

What are your tips and tricks when baking a cake?  Don't slam the oven door?  Don't make any loud noises in the kitchen while the cake bakes?  Touch your nose with your right hand while frosting a cupcake with the left?

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