Cake Retrospective

As some of you recall, before this year I was cursed with the inability to bake (anything that wasn’t hideous, anyway). And as one of my New Year’s resolutions, I set out to address this fatal flaw. For some context, here is an example of the type of cake I used to bake. Don’t look  if you just ate.

Note the special type of two-layer cake where you can actually see from the outside that it’s two layers. And what is up with those strawberries?!? On a side note, my penmanship has gotten far worse over the years.

This next one is a little blurry, but just ask yourself when you look at it: does this look like an authorized Sanrio Hello Kitty product to you? (The cake, not the giant Hello Kitty in the chair.)

I had not yet discovered the round cake pan at this point in time. Nor did the internet have enough rich content on how to make an inoffensive cake. Cake pops weren’t even invented. And I thought it seemed wasteful to cut off bits of cake so that the layers could lie flat against each other. I call this the “Sloped Cake Style”. Other people call it “gross”.

As you may recall, I started off with cookies, which used to be a source of annual embarrassment for my neighborhood cookie exchange. I feel pretty good about my cookie progress. So it’s time to share some of what I’ve done with cakes.

Here is the very first cake that I’ve ever made that didn’t require me to serve people lots of alcohol ahead of time before unveiling:

I used marshmallow fondant to make the stars, letters and dolphin and piped the decoration on the edges. The cake was frosted in buttercream.

I also made some mini-cupcakes. They’re shown here on a cute little platter from Nora Fleming. It was for my husband’s birthday celebration so I put the margarita mini in.

I also found cute ways to dress up cupcakes, like sticking some plastic rock star rings on top of some of them:

And finally, I ventured way outside my comfort zone and baked a guitar-shaped confection:

So overall, I think I’ve made good progress! How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? (I can’t remember my other ones.)

8 Comments

  • GG
    September 21, 2012 - 7:10 AM | Permalink

    I think my NY resolution was not to make any this year….

    • September 21, 2012 - 2:25 PM | Permalink

      That’s healthier but I don’t think you had any previous cake carnage you had to erase from people’s minds!

  • Jeremy
    September 21, 2012 - 8:53 AM | Permalink

    Mmmm, cake.

  • September 21, 2012 - 4:04 PM | Permalink

    This made me laugh! but not AT you. i am seriously impressed with your cakes… i could never pull them off. and your cupcakes looks so profesh!! nice work! best of all… i bet they tasted amazing.

    i have no idea what my New Year’s resolutions were, either. People never ask this late into the year!

    • September 22, 2012 - 8:54 AM | Permalink

      Thanks Sophie! You can’t go too far wrong with butter and sugar, but you can always make it prettier! I know, almost time to start thinking about next year’s resolutions that we’re going to forget, right?

  • October 9, 2012 - 7:49 PM | Permalink

    How did I miss this?! You’re good at everything you do. Seriously. Stop it already.

    • October 9, 2012 - 9:48 PM | Permalink

      LOL, see Exhibit A (two-layered cake where you can SEE THE LAYERS FROM THE OUTSIDE) and Exhibit B (non-Sanrio-sanctioned Hello Kitty Cake) for proof otherwise!

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