I’m making a cake for a baby shower on Saturday. Originally I was going to go with the Golden Butter Cream Cake and a silk-meringue filling and mousseline frosting, but now I’ve changed it to make the filling and frosting all mousseline to make life a bit easier. I’m thinking the Golden Butter Cream Cake might be too heavy (I did a test run and found it a bit heavy/dense like a pound cake) and I’m thinking of switching to the White Velvet Butter Cake instead. The cake needs to serve 15 people. The White Velvet Butter Cake says it serves 12, but sometimes I find the serving size a bit off in the book (for example the Chocolate Spike cake made to serve 12 could feed 20 with the amount of cake I had leftover). Would it be okay to use the White Velvet Butter Cake or should I stick to my original plan and bake 2 recipes of the Golden Butter Cream Cake.
Any advice would be appreciated. BTW, I haven’t made the White Velvet Butter Cake before!
What flavor mousseline are you using? The white velvet cake has a milder flavor than yellow cake, so it pairs best with milder frostings. You could try the downy yellow cake, too, unless you need the white cake either for color or mild flavor.
Regarding serving size, the Cake Bible, p. 207 says that the Rose Trellis serves 16 to 20. I haven’t made this cake, but I did just make the orange chocolate crown, and TCB lists servings for that as 8-10. I would say my cake easily served 10, maybe more.
Hmmm, strawberry mousseline. You could pair it with the white cake or the downy yellow, no problem. One note I have on strawberry mousseline is that after 2-3 days in the fridge, the flavor fades considerably. So if you are making it ahead, freeze it.
I feel like I’m conversing with myself now, lol. The cake just came out. The top looks kind of crispy, so I may trim the top. Letting it cool before I eat it. I also noticed some larger holes at the bottom when inverting. Looking through the book, probably because I used cold eggs. Oops.
Haha, if someone is listening it makes me feel less crazy!
Tried the cake and this is EXACTLY what I was looking for. It’s light, melts in your mouth and just sooo good. I’m glad I did a test run because I think I’ll have to make some cupcakes alongside when this cake runs out!
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I’m glad you tried the white velvet butter cake and like it. It’s one of my favourites from TCB. It pairs well with almost any buttercream except chocolate (as Rose suggests) but I guess a little bit of chocolate wouldn’t hurt.
I think the White Velvet Butter Cake with white chocolate would be fabulous!
I made the strawberry mousseline and freaked out when it started to curdle so I whipped the heck out of it. By the time I searched “curdled mousseline” and found out that many of you experienced it and went back to my mixer, it came together beautifully! I wouldn’t call this a “thrilling” buttercream, more like “terrifying” when I saw it curdle. I’m so happy it worked, I was afraid it’d turn into a grainy puddle!
I think I’m going to kick the cake up a notch and put a thin layer of the leftover conserve. It was a happy accident when I took some leftover jam on a spoon, put it on the cake and put the mousseline on. The cake is perfectly pink, I like the colour much better than when I did the silk-meringue.
I adore the strawberry and raspberry versions of mousseline… here’s a tiny slice lemon cake topped with raspberry mousseline sitting in a puddle of raspberry puree. An after the wedding cake tasting treat!
BTW, what is the proper filling to outer cake frosting ratio? Do I just divide the buttercream in half? I’m afraid I’ll run out of buttercream even though I always have leftover frosting. I live up to my “nervous chef” name too much!