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My First Tiered Cake!

For those of you who don’t know already, a friend of mine who is on the undergraduate society committee of my faculty asked me to bake a cake for a dinner party. Without hesitation, I said YES OF COURSE! Then I asked how many people she needs it for and she said “Oh, for about 150 people.”

What? Did you just say one hundred and fifty people?! 

Immediately doubts started running through my mind like where will I even store that much cake and when I will even find the time to bake, but I pushed them all aside and said agreed to it because I was just that excited!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, formerly called Faculty of Agriculture, so this cake was ordered in honour of Aggie Week. 

I made a 4 tiered cake with a farm theme. And because my faculty is full of hippies, I tried to use as little animal products as possible! Most of the cake was vegan! 

For a month, I planned and planned by drawing things out and writing lists. Here is what I intended my cake to look like:

LFS cake plan

Here is how it turned out:

LFS cake completed

Here’s how it looked at the dinner, decked out with farm animals:

a kind person took this pic and tweeted bout it! :)

a kind person took this pic and tweeted bout it! 🙂

Things didn’t go quite as I had planned out but I was happy with it anyway! I honestly could not have finished this cake without my amazing sister. She stayed up with me until 5am!!! If I was her and she was me, I would’ve ditched her and gone to sleep. So glad that she’s not like me, I needed her to keep me sane… and help me cut the rock-hard plastic dowels… and create the anatomically proportioned yellow bull. 

becks carving away

I’m sorry I don’t have anymore photos for you! I was dead-tired by the time I finished the cake and only snapped one quick photo before collapsing onto my bed. 

I didn’t get to attend the dinner because I was busy with other plans, but I’ve been hearing so many kind compliments from everyone! The day after the dinner, my friend texted me in the morning and said that everyone in her class was talking bout my cake! Not everyone knows that I was the one who baked it, but I’ve been approached by so many people just to tell me how good much they enjoyed the cake! So even though I’m still super tired from staying up 2 nights to make the cake, I’ve been beaming from all the support that I’ve received. 

This is why I love baking for others 🙂

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Ninjago Cake

ninjago cake

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ninjago cake 4

A-, who ordered the rainbow baby shower cake, was so smitten with it that she placed an order months in advance for her son’s birthday! She asked me back in October and her son’s birthday just happened last week. I was counting down the months til January because I was really excited to make this cake. It’s Lego! Who wouldn’t be excited? 🙂 (If you didn’t grow up playing Lego, I feel heartbroken for you.)

A- pretty much appointed me as her go to baker; she already put in her order for her own birthday cake (May) and daughter’s (June).

Can’t wait to share more pictures and recipes with you guys! Thanks for all your encouraging words 🙂 I couldn’t have done it with you (honestly!).

Note: this recipe makes 4 8in cake rounds

Orange Creamsicle Cake

Cake

2 cups unsalted butter, softened
28 tbsp sugar
8 large eggs, room temp
3 cup self-rising flour 
Zest from 3 oranges
4-6 tbsp milk
 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 4- 8 in cake pans.
 
2. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in sugar all at once, beat until colour lightens.
 
3. Mix in eggs one at a time, then add in orange zest. 
 
4. Slowly stir in flour until just incorporated. Add 2-3 tbsp of milk to soften consistency of batter. 
 
5. Bake for approx 18-20 mins
 
Orange Creamsicle Icing
 
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
16 oz cream cheese, softened (2 sticks)
4-5 cups of powdered sugar
Zest from one orange
 
1. Beat butter and cream cheese together in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
 
2. Gradually add icing sugar 1 cup at a time then mix in zest when desired sweetness level is reached.
 
Source: me (I mix and matched a bunch of vanilla cakes then decided to add orange zest)
 
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Tuxedo Truffle Cake

tuxedo truffle cake

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Wow, I haven’t posted a recipe since November 2nd?!

Just hand me the Worst Blogger of All Time Award and get over with it. 

Hope you guys haven’t given up on me to try this tuxedo truffle cake though!

I have never tried a store bought one before, in fact, I’ve never even seen this kind of cake in stores/bakeries. The only time I ever heard of this cake was back during my high school senior year. My preggo French 12 teacher and I were talking about cake (she was the first supporter/motivator of new found love for baking) and she mentioned that her favouritest cake in the entire world is the tuxedo cake. She described it as chocolate mousse layered between marbled cake and from there I added the cake onto my “must have or die” list. 

Funny thing is, it took me three years to finally make the cake. I graduated in 2010 and I finally got off my lazy bum to bake at the end of 2012.

I brought the cake to a NYE party because it would be too tempting to have it sit in my fridge, stare at me and whisper “eat meeeee”. 

I think everyone at the party enjoyed the cake (thank goodness)! Even my fellow chocolate connoisseur, N-, gave it a thumbs up of approval! He did suggest, though, that the cake could use more mousse and I totally agree. To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of my own cake. I expected moist and creamy, but I made a butter cake so the layers were slightly too thick and dense. Next time, I just have to tweak the cake to mousse ratio a little bit and perhaps use a sponge/chiffon instead of a butter cake. Nonetheless, this cake is one of my favourites now! Maybe it has to do with the large amount of chocolate in the recipe 😛

*Note: this recipe yields 4 cake layers that are 1-inch tall and 10-inches tall. The mousse was just enough to build a 3 layer cake.

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Tuxedo Truffle Cake

Cake
3 cups Sifted all-purpose flour

1 tbsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt (omitted)
1 cup Unsalted butter (I used salted butter)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups Buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 10″ round pans. 

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream butter at medium speed until softened, 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Gradually add sugar and vanilla, and continue until colour is lightened, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides once or twice.

5. Gradually add eggs, beating after each addition until batter is no longer slick, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides, about 5 minutes.

6. Slowly add the sifted flour mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, a little of each at a time, at low speed, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.

7. Divide batter into 2/3 and 1/3. Pour 2/3 of batter into the 2 pans evenly.

8. Add the cocoa to the remaining 1/3 batter then drop by the tablespoonfuls onto the yellow batter. Marble with a knife. Bake for approx 20 minutes or until cake is done. Cool fully before assembling.

White and Dark Chocolate Mousse
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate (I swear by Ghirardelli‘s natural dark chocolate chips)
4 oz white chocolate (I used Bakers chocolate)
3 cups whipping/heavy cream

1. In two separate small bowls, place the finely chopped white and the bittersweet chocolate.

2. Bring 3/4 cup cream to a boil then pour half over each of the chocolates to melt them. Stir the hot cream in well to ensure it is free of lumps and chocolate is fully melted. Set aside for 10 minutes until slightly cooled.

3. Whip 2 1/4 cups of the cream until soft peaks form. Divide the whipped cream into two equal portions and fold the chocolate into each. You should now have one bowl of white chocolate mousse and one bowl of dark chocolate mousse. Store in fridge.

Dark Chocolate Ganache
6 oz dark chocolate (again I used Ghirardelli)

3/4 cup whipping/heavy cream

1. Finely chop the dark chocolate and place in a bowl.

2. Bring the cream to a boil (I did this in the microwave) then pour over the chocolate. Stir to incorporate and melt chocolate. Spread over the top of the cake only AFTER it has been refrigerated. 

Assembly

1. Slice each cake in half to get 4 cake layers, you only need 3 so go ahead and eat the 4th layer, it is decadent enough to be eaten without frosting of any kind.

2. Place one layer onto a cake board and spread white chocolate mousse 1 cm away from the edge. The weight of the 2nd and 3rd layer will push down on the cake and squeeze the mousse to the outer edge, don’t worry 🙂

3. Place 2nd layer on top of mousse, spread dark mousse all the way to the edge.

4. Top off cake with final cake layer then transfer to fridge for at least 3omins.

5. Remove cake from fridge, pour ganache on the top. 

Source: Buttercream Barbie

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