Monday, October 20, 2008

Not Exactly A Cake Walk

So does anyone out there need a cake? Cause I have a spare. And it looks pretty tasty too.

It all started when I was in charge of the birthday cake for Big Daddy's and his sister's family party yesterday. I got creative and decided to make a chocolate raspberry layer cake with homemade cream cheese frosting. I decided it would be three layers of chocolate butter cake with fresh crushed raspberries and frosting in between each layer and raspberries on top. At the last minute I decided to throw some chocolate chips into the batter because chocolate butter cake is quite light and I like my choclate darker. So all went well. I was right on schedule for having the cake cooled and ready to frost well before the guests' arrival. But I didn't count on the chocolate chips creating Swiss cheese holes in my cakes as they sunk to the bottom. so as I turned my first cake over to get it out of the pan, it crumbled into several chunks. SHOOT. So then I only had two layers to work with and a large group of people to feed. So I decided I better start over and make some more layers. Not only to get a third layer, but also in case the other two chocolate chipy layers didn't work out either, at least I would have two good ones. So I let layer 2 and 3 cool while I whipped up some more batter (this time sans chips).

In the meantime I made the frosting and crushed the raspberries for the filling. By then my surviving #2 and #3 layers were cool enough to handle. And I managed to get them out without them breaking. So I started to frost and layer them. But then I realized that the top layer wouldn't have time to cool before the guests arrived. So I made a split second decision to just make it a double layer cake. I figured if we started running out of cake, I could always quickly frost the new cakes (which would be cool by then). Here's how it turned out (plus the cupcakes I made with the spare batter from the second batch):



Now to the conclusion of this story and the dilemma of the extra cake... Well, the double layer cake ended up being just enough. So I ended up with two extra cake layers. Today I decided I couldn't bear to throw them away, so I might as well make a cake out of them. So I did. The question now is, what to do with this delicious raspberry cream cheese chocolate butter cake? (I have to warn you, it will probably be one slice short of a whole cake very soon).


8 comments:

Kenny and Kelli Ray said...

birthday cake...i'll take it! sounds delicious.

jennie w. said...

Oh no! Don't experiment when you are making a cake for a party! Ask me how I know!

Becky, yep said...

My mouth is watering! Looks so good!
I'll take, Be by in the morning!

rachel said...

Yum that looks soooo good!

André said...

If we lived closer I'd take the whole thing for lunch.

Mindi said...

rbc's birthday is tomorrow and the closest i'm coming to a cake is holding the one that megan is making him.

is it too late to claim this one?

Christie said...

Yummy! That looks so good. Too bad cake isn't on my diet.

Tiburon said...

I will take that cake and rub it all over my thighs.