Like this one
Let me just say that READING the directions and FOLLOWING them exactly is just a weeee bit important. You see, I did NOT.
It all started when my oldest grandson asked me to make him a white chocolate cake with strawberry filling and icing. Sounded great. Do I have a recipe already? Why, no! So, since Google is my friend, I Googled "White Chocolate Recipes" and found one like this one: click here. I could not believe...white chocolate with strawberry filling. But then something got hold of me....
Sift twice........3 cups cake flour
Looks the same to me...or did. How in the world could I do that? And I can tell you that 2 cups of flour instead of 3 DOES make a difference!
Let me show you what it looked like in the oven-
After READING the recipe AGAIN, I saw the error of my way and :) HaPpY DaY
(There's some missing pieces to this story, but I don't want to weigh ya down)
Anyway it would be enough to know that the dough and the cake tasted REALLY, REALLY GOOD!
So good that I almost made myself sick. Which made my disappointment even greater, because I couldn't get them to turn out of the pans in the normal way, even though everything was prepped like I always do (another story for another day)
Let me just close on this note: Icing, especially the yummy kind will cover a multitude of less than perfect layers. Look below. (I forgot to tell you after the above fiascos that I baked again--two full recipes do make a lot of less than perfect 6 inch layers) One was good, however, and one more ok; but it left bits of itself in the pan like a child not wanting to get on the school bus on his first day---not a pretty site. But can you tell which cake has the less than perfect layer?
Take a closer peek!
Did you guess?
If you guessed the pink one was the well-behaved cake, then you were right.
Both are white chocolate cake layers, iced with Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream and embellished with a royal icing lily, buttercream roses and shells. The other misbehaved layers? Well they did keep calling my name until I put their cooled masses in freezer bags for our unnamed "manna" desserts on another day.
I look forward to sharing my journey with you, but also look forward to hearing/learning from you as well. Have a great day...or night. Oven is off, lights going out. Maybe we can visit soon. I hope so!!!