Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Making of the Cake

Few days ago I got one of the liturgical vestments I showed you, to restore for an exibition in...May ! So I started to work as crazy in a church in Trastevere (a nice part of Rome once very pitoresque) hence I have not so much time to post and to make something postable !
But going back to the cake here is what I made : for the cakes I used two butter cake's recipes from Rose Levy Berambaum :All Occasion Downy Yellow Butter Cake and (I didn't want to waste all the whites) the White Velvet Butter Cake and I confess that I loved both and wouldn't know which one I prefer.
For the frosting I sticked with the Cake Bible and chose the Silk Meringue Buttercream.
And I found the rolled fondant recipe on the same book.
To make the modeling paste I added gum tragananth to the fondant (1 teaspoon every 250 gr)

As you can see I even bought Crisco at a specialty store !!!

I followed the directions of the book closely to cut the cakes with the slope ( you cut the cake at an angle and you place the cut top under the cake the higher part under the higer part so that is really high)

Each cake was on a small cardboard round (slightly smaller than the base) and was placed on the next layer with the help of dowels. We didn't have time to look around for proper ones so we sacrifized some chopsticks !

Silvia (Bianca's mother) didn't trust the dowels alon so we put some long sticks in the top as well.

And here for the artistic part Silvia helped a lot luckily because it took longer than we tought !!


Elra said...

Stupendous Natalia. You guys, smile ... both of you look so serious. I guess it was a serious business ha? You can't mess around with the cake like that.

Ivy said...

That was a lot of hard work but you did a great job.

Anonymous said...

I am still so impressed!!! Your finished cake looked exactly like the one on the cover of that book! I really feel inspired to try something like that, but don't think I'm quite ready for it - but bravissima to you!
And that is so cool about the restoration project! Remember to take pictures for us!

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks so hard.

Cathy said...

Amazing cake!! I don't think I can do that. I will just have to come over here and look at yours!

Miette said...

What a hard job! For a great result! Very stunning, Natalia! I am very impressed by your job and your imagination! If I had the chance to be your neighbour, I would have given a hand you, I love laying the hand on paste!

And I promise it to you, I will send very quickly the copy of the recipe of PH, in french (or in english if your want but not in mandarin, I can't ;-))!

Natashya said...

Amazing! You are so talented, Natalia.

Anonymous said...

Wow. That is a lot of work. Good for you. What an accomplishment.

Anonymous said...

What an awesome cake. So beautiful. I wish I could do that! Your hard work paid off!

Jin Hooi said...

well done Natalie !!! I don't think i will be able to make a cake like this , you did a great job !!!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Wonderful showing how to do it!

Francesca said...

che laorono, ma bello vedere le foto passo passo di questa creazione così colorata, si capisce tutto meglio.