I went to week two of the basic cake decorating course at Milly's last night. I had to prepare a cake, a design for the top and some icing to take.
I decided to do another of my tall cakes. Hmmmm, perhaps I should've started smaller. Then I might have had a chance to get the sides 'perfect'.
I have to admit I'm not a big fan of little stars all over a cake. But think in this case it's worked out ok.
One of the things I discovered in last weeks class, is to get white icing, all you need to do is leave out the butter. So what do you put in butter icing that isn't butter? Shortening. In this case...Sno creme. Brought of course at Millys (and I'm sure a few other cake shops)! So that's fine, except, well, I don't really like the taste. And I've since discovered, neither do my kids. So I think I'll be back to my standard icing receipe unless I need white.
Did you notice the glitter above? Gosh it's cute. I just couldn't help myself. A little pottle found it's way to the counter and them home with me. Norty thing!
I tried to make a pink lemonade cake, but just about every single receipe I found had 'cake mix' as part of the receipe. Anyone who follows me on facebook will have seen the little rant I had about that. Anyway, I did find one 'scratch' pink lemonade cake, and even that had things like lemon extract. Why not actual lemon juice, from a lemon? I gave it a shot changing out those couple of things and it was 'ok'. I have to say not my best cake. But it does look cool!
I basically made two cakes. Then just cut them and alternated them in the 'build' of the cake. I think the look of it turned out pretty cool. I think next time though, I'd just use my standard 'butter cake' receipe and then add food colouring. Still was worth a shot to try something new.
Next week we have to take cupcakes. I've got my tried and true, super dooper easy, never fail receipe, but should I try something new again? Anyone got a great receipe I could try?