December 20, 2009

The Cake Slice: White Chocolate Layer Cake


Could you tell I was excited to be baking again with the The Cake Slice Bakers? Having missed the last few months, I am glad to be able to join in and bake this month's pick: White Chocolate Layer Cake. Our group gave an option to decorate the cake to go with the white theme and the holiday season. I was full of ideas until I happen to browse the Martha Stewart Holiday Sweets issue (Any day now, Paula!) that featured an Igloo Cake. I have seen this before from a previous Martha Stewart Living issue and thought it was adorable and tried to decorate mine like it.

The cake consists of three layers made with white chocolate and buttermilk; I baked one of the layers in a rounded bottom bowl that would go on top. The frosting was made with white chocolate and cream cheese. Both components were delicious and went well together. I also made white chocolate mousse for the filling.

Part of the decoration is to make penguins out of marzipan. The Cake Slice have used marzipan in our cake previously so I figured I would give it another try. That's when I got into trouble. I didn't have white gel paste coloring for the bodies of the penguins so decided to use marshmallows. I tinted the marzipan blue for the penguins head and wings and orange for the feet. It started fine but after several minutes my marzipan started drooping. See what I mean?

I thought the marzipan was the culprit so started again and used blue-colored saltwater taffy and orange-colored jelly beans. Got this idea from Hello, Cupcake book my kids would always borrow from the library. I think these fared better, see the rounded heads and bent out wings?


Of course, my kids had a blast helping out with the penguins. And eating them, too! And so did I, cake and all!


The Recipe for White Chocolate Layer Cake can be found in the Southern Cakes book. Happy Holidays to all my fellow Cake Slice Bakers.

18 comments:

Katie said...

WOW!! Your cake is amazing! What creativity and skill. I wouldn't want to eat it - its too perfect. The penguins are so so cute and the igloo is fantastic. Thanks for baking with us again and Happy Christmas!

Jo said...

OMG! You did a fabulous job with this cake. I totally love the decorations and so right for Christmas as well. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sandi Oh said...

yummy, looks fantastic. don't suppose you'ld wanna share your mousse recipe????

Monica H said...

You should get the award for the cutest cake! I absolutely love penguins and I've seen this cake before. I'm kicking myself for never making it!

great job!

symphonious sweets said...

I would have never guessed marshmallows! your cake is the cutest I have seen today. welcome back!

kitchenocd said...

OMG... that is absolutely adorable!!! That is a much better igloo to find in the freezer. Can eat this one immediately. :D

Future Grown-Up said...

That is the most gorgeous cake I've ever seen. Major kudos to you for such an great job.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

oh my goodness--that's so super cute!! i just love it! happy holidays!

The Food Librarian said...

AMAZING! AMAZING! This is a work of art! How did you eat it?! Beautiful job. - mary

thecookieshopinenglish said...

The magazine is here Caroline! Just emailed you and forgot to thank you for the stencils - I LOVE them!
Also: I was dying to see your igloo cake, and it is absolutely beautiful, the penguins are the cutest! I'm very curious to try the white chocolate cake recipe myself.
Happy holidays
xo
Paula

trissalicious said...

Hi Caroline - we don't get Martha Stewart's magazine in Australia BUT I had to force my husband to get the magazine on a recent trip - browsing through it, I also fell in love with the igloo cake - I must say, I think you did a super job - it is soooo cute!

A cupcake or two said...

That is a gorgeous cake. You are quite talented. I bet it was really yummy too. Caroline do you have a good recipe for a traditional mocha sponge cake? You know the filipino style mocha cake?

Julia @Mélanger said...

Oh my gosh, what a superb cake. Well done!

southbayrantsnraves said...

What a creative cake! Those penguins are adorable!

Talita said...

Wow!! This is spectacular! Fabulous! I love white chocolate!

Tangled Noodle said...

There are no superlatives left so I just second everyone else's remarks! This is fantastic!

oneordinaryday said...

This is the cutest winter cake I've seen. So creative!!!

Skip to Malou said...

looks soooooo divine!

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