Disastrous...that describes my birthday cake this year. What a huge disappointment! How can I have failed so miserably?! Things started off so good.I started with Sprinkle Bakes' white wedding cake recipe for the cake batter. I love wedding cake so I thought that would be a perfect combination with Beantown Baker's raspberry curd. And since I love cream cheese frosting, I thought I'd frost the cake with Glorious Treats' vanilla cream cheese frosting. With that combination, how could I go wrong? But oh, things went so terribly wrong.
Now, I've never claimed to be good at decorating cakes, or even making them for that matter. I do enjoying baking things and I'm certainly better at some things. I consider myself a newbie in the cake world. And really, to sum it up, I probably know just enough to be dangerous as evidenced by this little "experiment".
The cake itself turned out fairly decent. It was a nice pretty white color although this picture here makes it look a tad yellow. And it tasted pretty good too.
Next I made a raspberry/blackberry curd (I didn't have enough frozen raspberries to make the entire recipe. I've never made a curd before, but I must say that is a real treat! It is much easier than I imagined (just cook and strain) and the flavor was brilliant. Thanks to Beantown Baker for making it look so easy. Even the pulp and seeds left over after I strained the liquid tasted like heaven on our biscuits the next morning in place of preserves.
And here is what it looked like on the cake. I even made a "dam" to prevent the curd from running over he sides of the cakes. Looks promising, right?Oh, if only the dam had been strong enough to keep that raspberry blackberry curd inside. I knew after I put the third layer on that this wasn't going well. And by the time I put the top layer on and started to frost it, I realized I was going to have to take that cake apart and reassemble it. So I did. And I chilled the cake between each addition and hoped for the best. But as you can see below, it was nothing more than a hope. The layers refused to quit sliding off of each other creating a completely lopsided cake. At least this time, there was no raspberry curd peaking out...
I guess I'll be looking for my next redemption cake. And I'm thinking Little Bit has to be thinking to herself how glad she is that she asked for a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake for her birthday this year!