Monday, March 31, 2008

Doing Double Duty - Daring Bakers Perfect Party Cake


I unfortunately had to miss out on last month's DB challenge, but I was super excited when this month's challenge was Dorie Greenspan's Perfect Party Cake. A) I LOVE cake. B) I had been reading awesome recipes and seeing beautiful pictures from fellow bloggers who are part of the Tuesday's With Dorie club, and C) my awesome friend, Christine, had a birthday in March, so this cake was served excellent double duty as a challenge requirement and a birthday cake.


When I checked out the recipe, I couldn't have been happier. Lemon, check. Delicious preserves, check. Yummy buttercream frosting, check. There were some exceptions allowed with the flavorings in this recipe, but all I really wanted to change was to add a layer of the delicious lemon curd I made for the Lemon Meringue challenge in the middle and change the flavor of the preserves to sour cherry instead of raspberry.


It turned out really beautifully. The couple problems I had were: I only got two layers out of the batter... The layers were simply too thin to really be safely cutting them in half, and I didn't have the time to make another two layers, so I simply made a two layer cake instead; also, I read the recipe for the buttercream wrong (don't ask how, it will convince you I'm a moron) and I had to improvise at the end, adding in some powdered sugar to thicken it up. Either way it was super tasty and before I knew it we were out of cake.

Thanks to the genius Morven for hosting this month - you can find the full recipe for this amazing cake on her blog. Definitely check out the other DBers cakes from the Daring Baker Blogroll, as many of them did beautiful frosting jobs and really fun flavor changes - I'm still drooling over the idea of ginger frosting.. sigh, next time. *Forgive me for the lack in quality of these pictures...*

13 comments:

Morven said...

Hey glad you enjoyed the challenge. As long as it tasted good the layers don't matter.

Georgia said...

The cake was yummy, I really liked the lemon curd in the middle. Mmmm...lemon curd...the butter cream was a little too rich for my taste, I think I like the traditional better. Thanks Randi!

Kevin said...

Your cake looks good! I had to make the cake recipe 2 times to get my 4 layers.

Brilynn said...

The lemon curd was great in mine, I wish I had of added cherries too, that sounds great!

Lunch Buckets said...

I did sour cherry too. Sure do wish I'd thought of lemon curd!

Tartelette said...

Wonderful job on th challenge! I tend to disagree with everybody who found their cake too thin to cut through as your layers are the perfect height for being cut into. Ok, so I am being selfish by wanting more of the wonderful filling you put in between the layers!! :)

Bellini Valli said...

If it tasted good it was a HUGE success!!!!!

cookworm said...

Nice job with the challenge! Sour cherry filling sounds fantastic!

bbaking said...

Beautiful cake!

I also used cherry for the centre of my cake!
Great job!

bbaking said...

yummy looking cake!

I agree about the layers, it doesn't matter, I only managed three! x

ChichaJo said...

Your cake looks great! And your layers are nowhere as thin as mine...mine looked like they were run over by a truck!

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a wonderful job on your cake.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go go

Angel said...

This cake looks very yummy. I'm sure your friend really appreciated it!

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