Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Let Them Eat Cake!

Our Relief Society Birthday Party was last night. And what is more fitting at a birthday party than birthday cake? It had been too long since my last cake project, so I just had to sign up to bring one. I had so much fun, a friend came over to ooh and aah and help decide color scemes, and I thought it turned out pretty good....

This was fairly easy: Roses in burgandy and primrose yellow, and star drop flowers in the yellow. All were in my buttercream frosting, that is the shortening and sugar frosting. Mine is the only buttercream my dad will willingly eat. I don't do almond extract. I can't stand it. I use milk instead of water, add a small pinch of salt (these both cut down on the sweetness a little) and I use butter extract. Instead of the almond I use caramel, vanilla nut, peanut butter, coconut, raspberry, or other extracts depending on the cake and what I have. For anyone wanting to expand their extract library, I get mine from Watkins, at http://www.watkinsonline.com/ .

It felt really good to get in and play with frosting again. I came home with a little cake, just enough for Mark and the boys. Everyone at church loves my frosting (it's the extracts!) and so they ate a good deal of it. If anyone wants my take on standard decorator frosting, let me know and I will post it for you!

6 comments:

Calista said...

The cake looks beautiful! I'm not a big fan of any kind of frosting, so I usually only eat cake if it's unfrosted or paired up with ice cream... Your roses are just gorgeous, though!

Stephanie said...

Oh, pretty! I wish I had your talent. I know we took that cake decorating class together, but you stuck with it and got great! I know I probably have the frosting recipe somewhere, but I'm not sure. You should definitely post it.

The Holloways said...

Would love the recipe! You are talented as always!

Michelle said...

Steph, you could so do this! You should still have your little book from the class somewhere. I didn't do anything really with cakes until a friend of mine was taking the classes and I thought, I could do that... You can go on Wilton.com and look flower making techniques and stuff. You should still have your tips and bags. Give it a go, I would love to see pics!

Karen said...

Beautiful cake! And No Michelle, not just anyone can do it! I have decorated cookies, but... Your roses are gorgeous too. Keep up the good work.

Melinda said...

That is fabulous! You make this great dessert, then make it a work of ART! I am more of a casual decorator, you know, lucky if it gets frosting at all? But I definately admire you talent!