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 !!