So as promised, last night we assembled our cakes. We were scheduled to make a Jelly Roll as well, but that was scrapped in exchange for a much better option: Grandma’s Chocolate Cake. I don’t remember my Grandmother baking a lot, but she definitely made this when we would visit. It’s a rich chocolate cake with kind of a fudgy-pecan icing. I think we called it Texas Sheet Cake.
In addition to the Grandma Cake, we also made German Chocolate Icing and frosted Monday night’s Devil’s Food Cakes with this (on top) and Ganache (on the sides). Here are all of the chocolate cakes. Props to Bryan for the lovely food styling that we have going here:
I want a cake turntable.
We also halved Monday’s Yellow Butter Cakes, spread raspberry jam and Italian Buttercream between the layers, and iced the top and sides with the buttercream. This cake was essentially a lesson in icing and decorating. And guess what? I suck. Maybe it’s because I’m left handed (or because I’m a total spaz), but icing the top and especially the sides was a disaster. I enjoy the whole icing process- it’s kind of therapeutic- but obviously need to practice.
(This reminds me of a Demetri Martin joke: “I want to live next door to Carnegie Hall so it’ll always be easy to give people directions: ‘Practice, practice, practice… then make a left.’)
The best part, though, was cake decorating! Although no Duff Goldman, I am faaaaaar better at this than at icing. And it’s really what I want to actually DO at some point, and hopefully get paid for it. Yeah, that would be nice.
So here’s my little Yellow Butter Cake with Italian Buttercream and Raspberry Filling. We only had three colors to work with, so it kind of ended up as an homage to my (pink and green) wedding:
Too bad the top slid off in the car on the way home. Damn it.
And here’s my group member Kerri’s cake, just because it was so stinking cute. And I basically ripped off her swirl theme:
We’re kind of in the final stretch with class right now; just two more sessions left! Monday is our baking practical. I drew Blueberry Turnovers and Chocolate Cream Pie. Actually, no- I drew Coconut Cream Pie and Dutch Letters but Bryan was gracious enough to switch with me. Because Coconut Cream Pie is disgusting. Tuesday is our written exam and then we’re done! I’m actually really sad. The class was fun, the other students were awesome, we had a great instructor… oh, and I learned a lot. Unfortunately (for me AND you guys), next semester’s classes don’t sound very exciting: Sanitation and Basic Food Prep. Although who knows? Maybe handwashing and foodborne disease will translate into some good blog reading.
I doubt it.