Recently, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to make a birthday cake for her daughter’s 8th birthday party. I am always welcome to the idea of getting more experience, so I gladly accepted. She sent me a link to the plates/napkins/invitations for the party and I came up with a design.
She liked the design, and so I set out to make the cake. I decided to make the cake a bit more fun by dying the batter to give it that rainbow/tie-dye look. After mixing the cake batter, I divided it into 3 cups and colored it.
Then I poured the cake batter into the pan in a circular pattern until all the batter was used. Doesn’t it look pretty?
I had to bake it for about 35-40 minutes and it looked really good when it came out. I was excited!
And then this happened.
Luckily, I had an extra cake mix and so all was not lost quite yet. I started over – this time I lathered my pan in Baker’s Joy spray to avoid it sticking – and everything worked out fine. I baked a second layer and it came out great as well. I then leveled the cakes stacked them together, and did a crumb coat to prep it for decorating.
After doing the base layer of icing in brown, I made all my other icing colors and decorated the cake based on my design.
It took about 2 hours. When I was finished, I was honestly ready to scrape everything off and start over. You see, I hate butter cream icing. I don’t particularly care for the taste (it leaves a film in my mouth) and it is just a horrible mess to clean up after. So I used a store bought icing that my cake decorating teacher assured me would be fine to use. It was not. I hated how it looked. The base layer would not smooth out. The decorating parts looked runny. And so, lesson learned: I will always, always use butter cream icing in the future.
However, I did not scrap everything. The finished product was nice….it just wasn’t as perfect as I wanted it to be.
The coolest part was cutting it at the party and seeing how the colors ended up baking together.
In the end, the cake tasted great and I was able to learn a lot through the experience.