Thank you ladies so much for your replies! I haven’t given up yet! I really do appreciate the way TCB is written. I feel like I reread it over and over just for her techniques and rationale behind how cakes work. Such a smart woman! I am excited to try this fudge cake now that so many of you have recommended. I’ll try all the ones you gals have said to try!
Julie.. I never even thought to look at the protein ration of my cake flour.. I go between Swans and softsilk? Or something like that brand? I always look at my all purpose flour and pick between Golds and King Arthur (because Cook’s Illustrated tells me to do so).. but I never thought to look at my cake flour! Go figure!
So I’ve been looking at the cake central forum for a while too because it seems like that’s a common place for cake decorators.. but I’ve been sooooo disappointed that most of them use boxed cake mixes to doctor up and sell. Looking for a quality cake recipe from scratch is so hard to find! I was really hoping to find the absolute best cakes in TCB. I still appreciate the cakes I’ve made.. and the quality. But I do think it’s not to my tastes. I’ll keep trying though. THere have been too many successes from you ladies for me to give up hope.
Do any of you ladies do any cake sculpting work? Do you have a cake recipe that you would use that would be sturdy enough? If the mousseline doesn’t crust, does it firm up under refrigeration or is it pretty much the same consistency as the room temperature consistency? Does it crust at all when refrigerated? I’ll post my very very shotty attempt at my 2nd tiered cake here so you can see how my bottom layer is sinking. Don’t laugh.
Congrats.. I am so glad you kept at it. I also just defer to Rose or Cook’s Illustrated when choosing brands. For consistency sake, I use Gold Medal.
Yes, it is a shame how many people sell / make fancy decorated cakes from a box. Really, the recipes from Rose are quality. Do note, however, the texture for the scratch cakes is different from the box cakes. My first attempt with TCB was disappointing to me also. We have probably mentioned this but following Rose’s directions and weighing the ingredients make for great success. Hanging around this forum contributed significantly to my success. I typically run searches when I am about to bake something for other folks experiences and tips. I am still working on pretty but everyone LOVES!!!!! the taste of my cakes.
I did cookies for a long time also….then started baking cakes. I have not baked cookies in a while. My first successful scratch cake was a pound cake. Before Rose, I also had a popular chocolate and a carrot cake recipee. I agree finding a good scratch can be hard….Most of the time, I love Rose’s recipes. I also like the Yellow Cake on Cook’s Illustrated but do not use it as it is not scaleable like Rose’s. And, CI’s Lemon Pound cake is wonderful.
I think your cake looks great. I do not cover cakes in fondant but I sometimes use fondant cutouts. I put the cutouts se on a cake that I have allowed to firm up in the fridge.
My first attempts at Mousselline had bits of sugar also. I think you need to be certain not to go over the temperature. Using a thermometer helps. I pour straight from the pan now but you have to make certain not to get any on the beater. BTW, I think the reason for transferring to glass is to stop the cooking. So again, I think temp is important.
Have fun… I look forward to seeing more of your creations.