Tuesday, June 30, 2009

TWD--Perfect Party Cake

I'm sad to say and sorry to report that cake is just not a favorite thing here at our house.  So when Dorie's Perfect Party Cake was chosen by Carol at mix, mix...stir, stir for our baking this week from Baking From My Home to Yours, I seriously thought about skipping out.  The cake (thank you for the photo, Dorie!) in the book looks....well, perfect and tasty and I was actually a little intimidated by the four layers. 

BUT, since I didn't make last week's selection, I decided to just buck up and make some party cake--my way.

I made just 1/4 of the recipe and followed the recipe with everything except I made homemade buttermilk by adding a little splash of lemon juice to some 2% milk and letting it sit for 5-10 minutes.  The batter whipped up in no time and with great ease.  I like this recipe for a lovely white cake!

Then I made four cupcakes and one cute, little 3 inch cake.

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The boys have been asking me when I was ever going to use these cute cupcake holders that I bought a few months ago and I decided this was the time. 

Slapped a little raspberry jam in the sliced layer of the three-inch cake. 

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I whipped up 1/4 of the recipe for the buttercream.  Shh, I really like buttercream icing.  But it is SO bad with a lot of butta!  I love watching it transform from foamy egg whites, to shiny marshmallowy goodness and then into a silky, smooth icing.

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Let's party!

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The boys thought the cupcakes were pretty cool.  I thought my attempt at decorating them was somewhat lame, but oh well.  I did it--I made perfect party cake. 

And it was really good!

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Want a little slice?  (And I do mean little.)

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The lemon, raspberry and coconut were wonderful together.

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Party on--perfectly.

Hey, thanks all for visiting my blog.  I try to get to all those who especially comment on mine, but sometimes may not make it there with a comment.  Thanks so much.  If you're here not as part of the Tuesday's With Dorie group, thanks also and go check out all the other awesome Perfect Party Cake creations at the Tuesday's With Dorie blog, the list of everyone is on the right.  If you REALLY want this yummy recipe, well--go buy Dorie's book, or today for the low, low price of NUTTIN"-you can get it on the link at the top to Carol's blog, mix, mix...stir, stir. 

51 comments:

♥peachkins♥ said...

This doesn't just looks delicious, it is cute. I mean,really really cute...

Pamela said...

I love the way you did the cupcakes. Kinda reminds me of the heatmiser in that Christmas show. You know who I'm talking about...right? Love that little cake!! Great job.

Lisa Ernst said...

This looks so refreshing. Love the idea of combining lemon, raspberry and coconut flavors in a cake. Even I can get away from chocolate....once in a while!

vibi said...

LOL LOL LOL I love the cake guardians! You always come up with such great ideas for kids! Very creative!

Carol Peterman said...

Those cupcakes are adorable! They look like they are partying down with that Perfect Party Cake. I am so glad you joined in on the baking fun this week. Thanks.

Kim said...

I love the cupcakes. So cute. Glad you made it. I thought it was delicious.

Tracey said...

Those cupcakes are absolutely adorable! I'm sure they were a huge hit with the kids. I also quartered the recipe and made cupcakes :) They were delicious!

chocolatechic said...

Oh...the tiny cake is just adorable.

I used cream cheese frosting on mine.

spike. said...

love those little cupcake people!

Steph said...

The crumb looks perfect! I love those muffin cups, they are so cute.

Kayte said...

Your cake looks very lovely, and those cupcakes look postively festive and fun and just what little boys would love to have at their disposal! Cute post...always love your photos.

B said...

So cute!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your little cake looks so moist and delicious! The cupcakes are adorable!

Amanda said...

I love the cupcakes, too cute! And that mini cake, yum! I made this several months ago and thought it was incredible, great flavor. I am with you sista on commenting, I barely have time as it is. I'm lucky I got my recipe posted! LOL

bakingwiththeboys said...

I saw it mentioned already but those cupcakes immediately made me think of the heatmiser! I love them. You are so creative.

Hornedfroggy said...

SO cute! :) I love the mini cake - makes me want a slice now!! And thanks for the kind words - I know how tough it is to make it to all your faves during the week. I struggle with that myself!

TeaLady said...

How cute are those cup cakes!!! I love the decorations.
And the little cake looks just perfect.

Great job all round.

Flourchild said...

I love what you did with all the little cakes! So cute! Im sure your blys loved them..the inside filling looks so good too!

jillbert said...

I love the cupcakes and the tiny cake - really cute! I skipped this week, but this looks like a good versatile white cake recipe to keep in mind.

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Here's the deal: I'll leave the cupcakes for your boys and I'll just take the lil cake. Cake lover here! Yours is adorable and I'm glad you thought it was delicious.

pinkstripes said...

I love your little footed cupcakes. With faces!

Maria said...

Looks so good! I want a bite:)

Heather said...

I would love a little slice. Such a pretty arrangement of cupcakes and small party cake.

Jaime said...

those cuppies are adorable!!! nothing wrong w/making cupcakes instead of regular cake. great job

Donna-FFW said...

How adorable are the little men cupcakes. The raspberry lemon flavor sounds perfect. Bet it was so very delicious!

Stacy said...

Those cupcakes are so cute - love the little feet!!! I've been seeing them at Michael's and was going to pick them up but thought "what would I use them for?" DUH- my kids would LOVE them!!! I'm going to pick them up on the weekend!!! You have the coolest things!!!

Your cake looks amazing!!! So yummy looking and decorated so beautiful! It really IS the perfect party cake!

Leslie said...

Those cupcakes are too cute! I bet they were a hit with your little guys. Your mini cake looks great, too!

isabelle said...

Love the cupcakes, they are so adorable!

Alwayzbakin said...

Looks yummy!!!! I love the little one.

Eliana said...

Your cupcakes are way cool. I absolutely love them.

Valerie said...

It looks really good to me! I love little desserts anyway. :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

As always, your pictures are super cute!! I lovee how you decorated the little men!!

Teanna said...

So glad you ended up making it because the cupcakes look SO GOOD! I'm not the biggest cake fan, either, but now I have seen the light!

lasinthekitchen said...

OMG, that is the CUTEST Perfect Party Cupcakes ever! I love those cupcake holders and how they're all congregated around your mini-cake! And yes, I would love a slice!!

Megan said...

Ha! I have those same cupcake holders, but mine are still in the box!

Becky said...

Congratulations, you made a cake that actually made me chuckle, a truly cute, funny and quarkie cake.

BTW, I tried to make an ice cream cake, failed miserably and had my children declare I was never to attempt that again. Well, I'm determined to try again, that didn't sit to well with this mama.

Carla said...

Aw I wish I did a baby cake because then I would have made it! I hate making fancy cakes with nobody to eat it but my family. Then half of it sits there because we have too much junk in the house. Love your idea!

Carla said...

p.s. I picked you for the Kreativ Blogger award.

Judy said...

I love the cupcake holders and thought you did a really great job of decorating the cupcakes. They are so so cute! The cake looks absolutely luscious, and I do want some.

Clivia said...

Those cupcake holders are awesome! Your cake is perfect! Well done.

Mermaid Sweets said...

wow, i love the little cake and the cupcakes, i think you decorated them so well, very creative.

Peabody said...

Those cupcakes are too cute.

PheMom said...

Sorry it's not your favorite - but it sure does look cute!

noble pig said...

Those cupccakes are adorable...not lame! I like the cake combo too!

Arabic Bites said...

Those cupcakes are so cute.
zainab :)

Sara said...

I've had my eye on this recipe for a while, glad it came out well for you. The cupcakes are so cute!

Emily said...

I LOVE this cake. It's my favorite Dorie recipe.

I really like your mini-cakes. God bless real buttercream frosting... oh man... so good.

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burpandslurp said...

I don't want a slice...I wnat the WHOLE cake! yum yum, and So cute!

mike said...

Wow, that is some special cake. It looks terrific - truly! Your layers baked up nice and tall and I love the coconut touch. I declined and make a white cake for the 4th (not quite Dorie's), and appreciate the comment! Happy 4th!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Ahahahahah! I love the cupcake holders! And the party you made around the "big" cake is hilarious!