The neverending winter of snow, frozen tundra, and prolonged sub zero temps. That about sums 2014 so far. This is the longest short month EVER. Last year I joked about the things that winter does to a person in the Midwest. Little did I know what we were in store for this year. Crikey. I’m just going to get in line with the dodos.
To beat the winter blues, I fancied up another cake on Friday to celebrate Valentine’s. I am happy to report that I survived the encounter. Y’all know I love to cook but baking is just not my jam. Too precise for this cavalier cook. But I love a good challenge so I keep torturing myself. Icing is Public Enemy numero uno. Outside of catching the oven on fire with overflowing batter on more than a few occasions, icing almost always gets me down. Too many fails to chronicle. And don’t even get me started on royal icing. Middle finger to royal icing. Those decorated Martha cookies of my dreams will remain squarely in the land of nod.
Any who – this time worked out just fine using a few tricks that I employed last year for my Cupid’s Arrow cake. Tip one: box cake is your friend. Tip Two: use smaller pans to give the cake a boutique bakery look. Tip Three: make your cake the day before - after cooling completely, wrap your layers tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate. Tip Four: homemade frosting will go a long way toward fooling your guests into thinking you spent hours in the kitchen whipping up the cake from scratch.
Click here for specifics from my Cupid cake last year including an easy buttercream recipe that I used for both cakes. This year I split the icing into 3rds to create a loose ombre effect using gel food coloring. I don’t remember the exact amounts but I used about 15 drops of red gel to get the dark fuschia and 5 drops of red gel + 2 drops of yellow gel to get the lighter pink.
This cake would also be perfect for a shower, Easter, or Mother’s day, tinted accordingly. Now go do your best Martha impression and get your box cake on. Oh, and please excuse my tarnished silver, Momma. I couldn't find my way to the polish.
Do you ever cheat and use box cake?
All photos and styling by mrs. V.
kisses, mrs. V