Decorating a cake doesn't have to be difficult and with a few tips and tricks, you'll be making cakes for every occasion.
My Coconut Easter Cake Experience:
When King Arthur Flour contacted me to work on their Cake Decorating Promo, I asked them if they were sure they had the right blogger. But as it turned out they were serious, and I got a great little care package complete with their Cake Essentials DVD that covers everything from ingredients to decorating techniques.
These turned out to be life-saving tips when I made my Easter Cake.
Not only did I get the DVD, but I also got a set of offset spatulas to add to my kitchen tools. If you’ve never used an offset spatula on your cakes, you don’t know what your missing. The Cake essentials DVD answered a lot of questions I had about baking cakes, and I got to see their master baker Susan Reid in action. She makes everything look so easy and unfortunately, that’s what caused my overconfidence….sigh (This is the Offset spatula that I recommend Wilton 409-7716 Angled Icing Spatula, 13-Inch, Black )
You see I’m not really a baker by trade, I bake because I enjoy it, not so much because I’m good at it. There’s a reason I never became a pastry chef, or for that matter a garde manger Chef……I just don’t have the patience or the dexterity to do that type of intricate work. My joy comes with the first 6 courses, not the last course.
Now somewhere along the line, I did teach myself enough baking to have fun with it, but I knew better than to try to get too fancy. But after watching Susan’s DVD, I was inspired and thought I’d make a cake and decorate it. If nothing else I get a gold star for trying.
I did learn a lot from the Cake Essentials DVD about why my cakes didn’t always come out the way they should and what I needed to do to ensure that they started coming out better. So armed with that knowledge I began a classic yellow butter cake recipe to use with for my Easter Cake. The batter failed….sigh But the good news was I realized the batter had failed and didn’t keep going on. So I started again and got it almost right the second time.
I think the problem was with butter, it was not at that sweet spot, where it was soft enough without being too soft. One thing I will share with you is that all of the refrigerated ingredients need to be at room temperature (and they do mean all of them, not most of them).
My second attempt was much better but still a little short of the mark. As Susan would put it, the structure of my Batter was not right, and when the structure isn’t right, the cake can’t support itself while rising which causes a myriad of problems, one being a bit too dense. That is what this cake suffered from slightly. I didn’t get quite the rise I should have, but it wasn’t a complete failure either. I will say the flavor was excellent and the cake wasn’t dry, so those points are in my favor…..maybe a silver star.
That is what this cake suffered from slightly. I didn’t get quite the rise I should have, but it wasn’t a complete failure either. I will say the flavor was excellent and the cake wasn’t dry, so those points are in my favor…..maybe a silver star.
If you’d like to try your hand at cake decorating, a small starter kit can help as well as Parchment Circles! Never again will I trace out the cake pan and cut my own circles, this has to be one of life’s simple pleasures! I am definitely ordering more of those parchment circles! (You can find those items at these
While thinking about the crumb coat, I forgot to put enough frosting in the center of the cake but we’re going to pretend I did that on purpose to cut down on the calories…. at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
I hope you get to make your own Easter Cake this year and that you’re family and friends appreciate and love the results!
If you love ribs you may also like these recipes:
- White Christmas Cake
- The Original Pumpkin Crunch Cake
- Cranberry-Blueberry topped Cheesecake
- Pomegranate Mousse Cake
- Chocolate Mousse Cake