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.