If you strive for taste and appearance, it just means you are a good baker because you go one step further.
IMHO, it should taste as good as it looks, not one way or the other (but that’s just me).
If both can be achieved, then that is really great. And this is a great example.
I am very huge on appearance and taste at the same time, and it is really not difficult to achieve w/ a little bit more work.
Not all beautiful cakes are tasty as well as not all ugly cakes are good (JMHO).
You did well Flour Girl. Keep baking
Thank you Prettycake! I would love to take some baking classes. I would love to take a decorating class. I have most of the decorating supplies I need. The only thing that stops me is I try to avoid making frostings if I can help it for health concerns. I know you posted you don’t consider that. I wouldn’t either if I was baking for general people. But, for my husband, he eats 3 pieces of cake a day. I need to make him cake that is relatively healthy. If he ate just one piece, that would be different. I really enjoy baking. It is never a job or effort for me to bake. I wouldn’t mind going though the time and effort to decorate. I would really like to take a class.
My cake looks pretty similar to the cake in the recipe. The glaring differences are two layers failed to brown and my jelly was strawberry. The pictured cake must have been raspberry and was darker. My husband prefers strawberry. Also, it doesn’t appear the pictured cake in the book was made using cake strips. All three layers seem more individual and rounded on the sides than my layers.
A question for you..when you bake layers, even just two layers, do you bake them separately?