June 30, 2009

TWD- Cake Perfected


There was a time when I was willing to settle...for mediocre desserts. Boxed cookies, over-refrigerated restaurant cakes, and I'll admit to eating more than a few chocolate bars past there prime. That white stuff is safe right? Well friends, those days are over. Baking classes, awesome blogging groups like Tuesday's With Dorie, and a whole lot of Food Network have made me quite the dessert snob these days. Why settle for old grocery store cake when I have a Perfect Party Cake recipe in my arsenal?!
This is the second time I have successfully made this cake and despite many previous white cake disasters I thinks I am finally getting the hang of this thing! I'm not so over confident as to branch out just yet so I followed this recipe almost exactly, save for halving it to make a 4 inch mini cake and replacing the lemon extract with vanilla.

For the layers I used homemade raspberry pan jam and and I totally heart pressing coconut into the buttercream. Especially since it covers up my less than stellar icing job.
Finally being able to bust out darn good dessert from my kitchen is enough to make me want to celebrate. For more Party Cake perfection, head on over the blogroll.

11 comments:

pinkstripes said...

Gorgeous cake. I like the way you presented it with all the pink flowers.

doughmesstic said...

Gorgeous! LOVE it with all the flowers!

Nichi said...

Yum! Whats pan jam tho?

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Love this cake. Definitely one of my favorite white cakes to bake, and yours came out beautifully. Flour-covered fist-bump.

Pamela said...

It is a great cake and it's really pretty easy to toss to together. And it's versatile. I'm with you on being a dessert snob. I've skipped desserts at restaurants for a bit of whatever we have at home. Home made is best!

Ms. PH said...

So pretty!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

that looks just great! and so soft inside--yum! love your attiutude towards home-baking, too! :)

Clivia said...

A tiny perfect party cake! So beautiful! I wish I had a piece now. This will be my go-to white cake from now on. Glad you enjoyed.

Leslie said...

You made an adorable mini cake! I bet it was delicious and the cuteness factor only added to the enjoyment!

Tracey said...

I love your mini cake. It looks so pretty with the flowers!

Jules Someone said...

That cake is lovely! And I'm right there with you with "eh" baked goods. I don't waste my calories.