Tuesday, June 30, 2009
TWD: Perfect Party Cake
This week, the Tuesday's with Dorie bakers are celebrating with Perfect Party Cake, chosen by Carol of mix, mix… stir, stir. I get a little sentimental over this cake, as it was my first Daring Bakers challenge, and my first blog event ever. (Awwwww.)
The first time around, I made it exactly as directed, with the berry filling and Swiss meringue buttercream. My thoughts at the time were that the cake was a tad dry. But on the up side, it was the first meringue buttercream I actually liked. I found it to be less buttery than those I had tried before. You can read about it here if you like.
Here's my first party cake.
This time around, I knew the berry filling and meringue buttercream wouldn't fly with my brother-in-law, a.k.a. the birthday boy. So I switched it up and used cream cheese icing with a filling of dulce de leche (store bought) layered with more cream cheese icing.
I followed the Perfect Party Cake Tips from Dorie on the TWD forum in hopes of getting a moister cake. They seemed to help, although I have to admit that I wrapped and froze my cakes while still warm. I used to do that back in my cake-decorating days and it helped a lot with making the cake more moist. (I have heard concerns from some over whether that's good from a food safety standpoint. But hey, my family members are still all kicking, so who knows.)
And how was it? with the cream cheese icing and dulce de leche.. Incredible! The cake was more moist this time and the filling was out of this world, although perhaps not for the faint of heart.
The one drawback, though, was that the dulce de leche layered with icing was not stable and after short car ride, the top three layers of cake slid slightly off the bottom layer (I was able to fix it OK, and it was for family, so no big deal). If I were to use this filling again, I would pound some skewers or pointed dowels into the cake and down into the cake board for stability after filling and before icing. (I wouldn't use the layered filling for a stacked cake, I don't think... too scary.)
OK, that's it for this week! Please stop by Carol's site above for the recipe, or check out Dorie Greenspan's book, "Baking, From my Home to Yours".