Since starting my cake challenge in June, after making a delicious but freaking ugly cake for my friend’s baby shower, I have made 6 cakes.
I think they have been getting progressively better – both in flavor and in attractiveness.
My first cake – the June cake – was a Father’s Day cake I made for the architect and his dad. Since I know the architect’s dad has a bit of a sweet tooth, I was sure I could come up with something he enjoyed. The architect requested key lime flavor.
I did some googling, and found a recipe for a pretty key lime cake on a blog called Alaska From Scratch.
I always like to follow a recipe exactly the first time I try it when baking, so I made it just as listed.
I didn’t take any pictures of the process, but I took quite a few of the results.
This cake was terribly dry. (The architect and his family disagreed with that assessment, but it is very difficult to find a moist white cake if you’re not using a box mix – and this was drier than cakes I’m used to making.)
It also was a great lesson in what tools are essential for my cake making adventures.
Essential tool #1 – a spinning cake stand for the icing. Check out my uneven swirly patterns…
Also, the green sides were not an ombre like in my inspiration, but rather a leafy green mess.
You can see that the two layers are decidedly different sizes here…that was somewhat of a problem! I didn’t realize until then that my cake pans were not the same depth!
Another view of the different layer sizes.
Other than the slight dryness, though, the flavor was good. I wouldn’t bother with key limes next time, though, and would just go for the much, much bigger limes. All those tiny limes were a pain in the ass.
The frosting was amazing – but when is cream cheese frosting not good?
So – overall ratings:
Cake flavor: B- (too dry!)
Frosting flavor: A
Cake structure/appearance: C
Cake aesthetic qualities: C
Final Grade: B-
Attitude of Gratitude
October 5: I am grateful for generous people in my life who will watch the Bean for a couple of hours for me!