I am back on the 101 Crafts to Make to do list.
Today's post is about my attempt at making a multi-layer cake decorated with regular icing NOT fondant.
Since my dad's birthday was this month and I was going to be out of camp I decided to make a cake for him.
Thankfully he is not too judgmental when thinks don't look their prettiest. :)
I wanted to make a triple decker cake, square/rectangularish in shape.
This was my first attempt at such a cake and I am confident that I learned a few things which will make my next cake look a heck of a lot better.
I baked two 9X13 inch cakes and two 9X9 inch cakes using a white cake recipe. Yes that is right - I made all of the cake from scratch.
The first batch of icing I made myself too, but I purchased some extra icing as well as a tube of blue gel and a tube of yellow icing. The yellow icing was less than spectacular. The tube did not come with a tip and the icing was really firm. It was very difficult to maneuver - I would not buy it again.
The white icing did not cover as well as I would have liked it to. You can see some dark areas where the cake shows through. Perhaps if I had a bit more time I could have left the icing sit overnight and then done a second layer to cover more evenly. Perhaps using a coloured icing would have alleviated this problem as well.
I cut out a bunch of stars and glued them to skewers which gave the cake a festive look. They really contributed to it not looking like a flop! They were also a really easy and fun way to spice up the look without spending a lot of extra time and money.
Overall the cake turned out nice. I think that cake decorating is definitely a skill and takes a lot of time to master. Hopefully my next cake will be even better than this one!
PS. It tastes super phenomenal - the most important part about a cake.