The Cake That Couldn’t Break Me

If you saw my post from earlier today you know I baked a couple cakes to play with today. I need one for Monday’s cake decorating class and the other for my friend’s brunch tomorrow. I’ve been really looking forward to this brunch! I was assigned to bring a fruit salad…lord knows I love fruit so it was a perfect pairing. However, she also said, and I quote,

Should you have any type of homemade pastry/baked good hanging around the house, feel free to bring it with you on Sunday…I mean, why feed the raccoons of Bellingham when you can feed the girls of Arlington..? :)

So what’s a sugar crazed girl gonna do? Bake a cake!

Thank you to my sister-in-law who thought of me when she saw this amazingly beautiful cake on Pinterest. I Am Baker is an amazing site for things like this :) Gorgeous! And since I was pretty good with making the rosettes I figured I should give it a whirl :)

Ran into a few hurdles along the way, but I was bound and determined to clear em.

First…Ran out of buttercream. I’ve never used buttercream before, but figured I needed quite a bit so I doubled the recipe, which by the way is SCRUMPTIOUS!! However it only made enough to frost the cake and make the roses around the sides.

Second…During mid-cake clean up my hubby crunched my only 1M decorating tip in the garbage disposal because I was an airhead and dumped out the cup they were soaking in. Never never never put the cup you are using to soak tips in the sink…always keep on the counter so you think about what you are doing! Nothing that a quick trip to the local Michael’s craft store can’t fix!

Third…My daughter who I swear grows an inch a week is either taller than she appears or used her go-go gadget arms and stuck a little finger in one of the side roses for an unofficial tasting.

Fourth…New batch of frosting tint doesn’t quiet match the tint for the side roses. Maybe after it sits a bit it’ll blend.

and Fifth…The cake is all done, pictures are taken and I’m happy. If you’ve ever seen the Food Network Cake Challenges you know it’s not over until you move the cake to the table. In my case, move the cake into the cake holder. My finger slipped when pushing the cake board back and whoops! there went my finger through one of the roses. My personal touch I guess ;)

Regardless…I’m happy with the cake for the first time making something like this. It’s pretty and I can’t wait to share it with my wonderful friends. The best part…I used milk chocolate mousse filling in the middle of the layers!! If you haven’t heard of this, it’s like heaven and you can find the recipe on one of my earlier posts here.

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carrie
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 20:47:15

    Kendra it’s gorgeous! You did a great job. I love the two colors swirled together.

    I have definitely had disaster nights too. One might I lost 5 tips to the garbage disposal!

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  2. SusanH
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 20:47:50

    So many blogs I read leave me thinking that the writer is PERFECT or at least wants all of us to think they are!! Ultimately, your cake turmed out beautifully and you overcame all obstacles along the way. I love that your husband must have been helping you with clean up or your tip would not have been crunched by him. I love that your finger and your daughter’s finger had an encounter with the buttercream and it sounds like you just took it in stride. You would never know by the pictures that your buttercreams are different shades – but then God made our roses all different. I do offer one correction – I know you made your filling from mousse and not a mouse. Enjoy your brunch.

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    • royalcookie
      Feb 26, 2012 @ 09:25:25

      HAHA No…most definitely not a mouse ;) That might not go as well with the buttercream frosting! Thanks for the kind words. I’m a huge klutz and making fun of myself is something I do on a regular basis so I figure my blog should reflect my true self :) I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

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  3. SusanH
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 20:49:24

    Just noticed my spelling error – sorry.

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  4. Vanessa
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 22:29:43

    OMG! I’ve seen this on Pinterest and every time I think of you! It looks AMAZING! I can’t WAIT to try it tomorrow! YAY!

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  5. akittyandhercakes
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 06:05:02

    Wow, the finished cake is just beautiful! Such a gorgeous job! Thanks so much for sharing! :D

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  6. The Sundress Chef
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 11:04:06

    So beautiful – I have been wanting to do a cake like that so badly! Yours looks wonderful!

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  7. Joan Seaman
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 18:14:34

    My mouth is watering just looking at this cake. Does that tell you anything????:-)

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  8. Michele
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 23:09:33

    Your cake is absolutely beautiful. I never did anything that gorgeous (cake-wise). However, you turned out pretty good-looking, so I take some credit for that ! :) LYM

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  9. autumn
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 11:27:02

    Very nice cake. It must have been a challenge getting the roses to stick to the side. Did you use one of the newer tables that tilt? I’ve been decorating since the early eighties and I would have given a lot to have one of those back then.

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  10. Georgia
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 11:18:15

    I am so excited to find a blog that focuses on piping – not fondant or gum paste. I hope you will stay true to that.

    I laughed laughed laughed when I saw the tips from garbage disposal – been there, DEFINITELY done that. I finally bought one of those little sink screens at the dollar store that I put over the sink drain when I’m making cakes. I always say I’ll remember those tips, but in the mess of cleaning up, one or two would get down in the garbage disposal. The screen has not rusted yet, but it was one dollar, so if it rusts later, I’ll just get another.

    I guess another thing would be to use a colander.

    I am baker – Amanda – is the best! I love her! I love how you used two colors for the roses.

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    • royalcookie
      Mar 16, 2012 @ 12:15:14

      What a GREAT idea using the sink drain cover! I usually just put all my couplers and tips in one glass and fill it with water so they soak until I run the dishwasher again. But, as seen in this case, that doesn’t stop someone (aka me) from dumping out the glass in a frantic attempt to clean up :) I could definitely use a few more tip safety precautions :)

      I love I Am Baker too! She always has great ideas :) I haven’t heard of Serious Cakes so I’m off to check her out :) Thanks!

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  11. Georgia
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 11:23:56

    Another cake person who I think is awesome is Serious Cakes on YouTube. She has an illness like fibromyalgia or something like that. She cannot do cake decorating at all. It started while she was making her videos – she calls it her monkey arms. I surely miss her.

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