Well, this cake was quite an adventure! Too much going on at once and everything ended up taking longer than it should have. It’s the second cake I’ve made from The Cake Bible. With Anne and Julie’s great advice I got the buttercream made on Wednesday- it’s heavenly! I thought getting that done would free up some time to work on my piping. I’ve been seeing these gorgeous henna tattoo inspired cakes online and thought I’d give it a go.
Today was the first time I’ve used magi-strips. I also picked up the Wilton spray cake release. I thought it would be like baker’s joy, which I haven’t seen here. So, the FIRST mistake I made was not flouring the sides after spraying the pan. Then I got distracted and mixed the egg/cocoa mixture in with the butter instead of the cocoa I was supposed to mix in. I ran the mixer longer hoping it would still work. Not so much. It came out about 1 1/4# tall. I kept it and will do something with it. I had time today though, so I started over.
The final cake was moist and very chocolatey. I love, love, love the frosting. I love the cake. I don’t think I love the frosting and the cake together. My main issue is that the cake kind of overpowered the frosting, or the flavors just blended too much.. The next time I make this cake, I’ll do a raspberry or strawberry buttercream. I think I’ll try the frosting with a butter cake.
I used quick-tempered “seized” chocolate for the piping. I ended up printing out clip art and taping it to the counter. I laid parchment over it and piped the design. After it firmed up I transferred it to the cake. I need to work on my piping!!