As I mentioned here, this month I wanted to do another practice run on Lane's birthday cake. My first practice run taught me that margarine here is nasty in frosting, that I'd need to make two cakes, that brown frosting is hard to make, and that I can't find my frosting tips.
Enter practice run #2. I used butter instead of margarine. I baked two cakes. I crumb coated.
Yellow cake on the bottom, chocolate on the top 2 layers. Crumb coat layer of frosting.
This time the frosting was much better. The layers looked about right. The cake ended up crooked a bit, so I'll need to fix that for next time, and I'll probably make all chocolate, as the yellow cake wasn't all that. I need to find my frosting tips, as the Pampered Chef's frosting thing-a-ma-jig is just not all it's cracked up to be, in my humble opinion. But it worked for now.
It will have a number "1" on top, and some edible ladybugs that my mom is making and mailing me.
I'm still not really all that pleased with the cake. I guess I'm comparing it to one of my mom's cakes. But I suppose that all things considered (lack of ingredients and so on...I can't get the stuff for candy clay or to make fondant) it'll have to do.
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