Saturday, April 24, 2010

Communion Strawberry Shortcake

This was a last minute order for a communion cake. She wanted a strawberry shortcake and didn't care what it said on it. It was for her son's communion. The cake is a yellow butter cake baked in 1/2 sheet pan. I cut it in half to stack it. The filling is fresh strawberries mixed with sugar and some corn syrup. I piped sweetened whipped cream around the edge of the cake to hold the filling in. The cake is coated with the same whipped cream. I used a cross cookie cutter to leave a pattern on the whipped cream so I could use a star tip to make the blue cross.

1) Whipped cream is much softer than buttercream and takes a gentler hand to pipe.
2) When able use cookie cutters to leave your pattern lines.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

High School Soccer Team Cake

I got a call from my cousin's wife wanting a cake for her daughter's soccer team's pasta dinner. She was having about 50 people over. The team's colors are white and blue. The coach was from England and always told the girls that they were "Brilliant."

She wanted 1/2 the cake chocolate and 1/2 vanilla. So I made a yellow butter cake in a 1/2 sheet pan and a chocolate butter cake baked in the same pan. I cut each in half and stacked them next to each other. I used the rest of the chocolate batter and poured it into the soccer ball pan. The cake is covered and filled with Italian buttercream. The piping is done with a star tip and a grass tip. I used alphabet cookie cutters to do the lettering.

1) Make sure you only fill pans 1/2-2/3 of the way full. (I had a soccer ball overflow in the oven the first time I made it).
2) Make sure you have a sturdy cake board when making two cakes stacked next to each other. (when I dropped the cake off the cardboard bent a bit and there was a crack in the buttercream where I pushed the two cakes together).
3) Make sure to practice with new tips to see what they will do BEFORE using it on the cake.