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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

TWD: Perfect Party Cake

Party-Cake collage

When I first made Dorie's fabulous Perfect Party Cake a little over a year ago for a Daring Bakers challenge, I remember commenting that I wished I'd had an actual party to bring it to. Well, it took a while, but I finally got that wish. Last month was my twin nephews' 7th birthday, and when I saw that the Perfect Party Cake was in the TWD queue, I volunteered to make it for the twins' party.

The Perfect Party Cake starts with layers of lovely moist and light white cake, which are filled with raspberry jam and enveloped in clouds of fluffy white Swiss buttercream. Then, sweet, tender flaked coconut is pressed all around the perimeter of the cake. The result is a beautiful mountain of snowy cake perfection.

party-cake-slice

Because I had already made this recipe as written once before, I wanted to do it a little differently this time. Also, since I was making the cake for two little boys, I wanted to make it a little more kid-friendly. For the filling, instead of the raspberry jam, I used strawberry jam and fresh, sliced strawberries with a thin layer of lemon curd on top. I nixed the coconut altogether, because the boys don't care for it.

Probably the last term I would ever use to describe myself is "cake decorator". I'm pretty hopeless in that department! Anime characters and Transformers were just not happening. But still, I wanted the twins' cake to look fun and whimsical. I tried to achieve that by decorating the cake with multi-colored polka dots that I made with a fondant cutter out of candy melts. I also found some really pretty candy melts that were white with multi-colored sparkles in them. I melted those down and let them harden into one big block. Then, I used a vegetable peeler to make big candy curls, which I piled on top of the cake. It was perfect because the flecks in the candy curls matched all of the different colors of the polka dots.

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There were lots of "oohs" and "aahs" heard around the party table as the cake made its entrance. The adults all seemed suitably impressed. From the looks of those big smiles on those happy little faces, I think the kids liked it too!

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Many thanks to Carol of Mix, Mix...Stir, Stir for choosing our recipe for this week. If you'd like to make your own Perfect Party Cake, you can find the recipe on Carol's site. And, as always, check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll to see what the rest of the group come up with.

62 comments:

Carol Peterman said...

What a fantastic looking cake, I think you can comfortably call yourself a cake decorator. Happy birthday boys!

middlesex said...

What a fantastic cake, I think you can comfortably call yourself a cake decorator. Happy birthday boys!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy Birthday boys! What a splendid cake, wow!

Cheers,

Rosa

berkshire said...

oohhhhh!!!! what a cake. i think the kids like it too.

Steph said...

I think you're an amazing decorator!! The lemon curd sounds like a nice addition with the fresh strawberries.

City Girl said...

That cake is like the embodiment of a birthday party!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Oh, Susan, this looks SO beautiful! And the curls were an inspiration - I kept looking at them and thinking *how* did she *do* that??

So. Cool.

cookies and cups said...

What a great idea melting the candy down and making the curls! Very cute! It looks great!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

One of my favorite cakes ever!!! I loved it as a DB challenge and it looks just as beautiful now!!!

Patsyk said...

You did an amazing job decorating that cake! I wish I had come up with the idea to use candy melts the way you did!

Nina Timm said...

Susan, that is one beautiful cake!!! I love how you repeated the colors in the white chocolate twirls on top!!! Super work!!!

Pamela said...

What a fun cake!! It looks really wonderful.

Isabelle said...

wow ! c'est splendide ! quelles belles couleurs !

Jacque said...

Yep, I'd say the birthday boys liked their cake! (they're so cute).

Your cake looks fantastic! I love those choco. shavings on top.

Those candy melts sound cool! Must find!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

What a beautiful and delicious looking cake. Those boys are very lucky.

5 Star Foodie said...

What a fantastic looking cake! I love all those layers, the candy curls, and the polka dots!

Susan @ SGCC said...

Thanks so much, everyone! I'm so glad you like the cake. The Candy Melts are from Wilton, and I found them at Michael's. I've also seen them on the Wilton web site. They actually taste pretty good - kind of like white chocolate. I'll definitely use them again. :)

Lauryn said...

OMG your cake is AMAZING!!! I am in awe of how perfect it looks!! You should be very proud of yourself for creating such a fantastic looking cake!

Manggy said...

Bravo!! I don't think I can officially bestow the title of cake decorator on you, but you can be really proud of what you accomplished here. It looks smashing. And I love its imposing profile.

Now, what kind of kids don't like raspberry jam?!?! Gasp!!

sara said...

What a great looking cake. Good thing you had such a wonderful occasion to make this cake for!

vibi said...

For sure! I would have ooohed and aaaahed too!

This is brilliant, Susan! Actually even closer to perfect! WOW!

spike. said...

love the curls on top- beautiful work!

Cristine said...

Your cake looks amazing! You can definately call yourself a cake decorater! Great job! Love the polka dots!

Ingrid said...

Fantastic job on the cake! I think you did a great job making it festive looking for your nephews.
~ingrid

Erin said...

What a gorgeous cake!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Now that's a FUN party cake!

Coleen's Recipes said...

What a beautiful cake, very professional looking!! I especially enjoyed the multi-colored sprinkles (I'm stealing that idea right away).

Nicole said...

LOVE how you decorated the cake! So cute!

Linda said...

What a fun and festive looking cake! I'm a big kid, so I think I'll need one of these cakes. :)

I'm definitely going to go the fresh fruit in the filling--- the close up of the slice with the strawberry layers is gorgeous.

Great job Susan!

Jodie said...

Great job! I love the sparkles in the chocolate shavings on top! What a cute idea. Where did you find those?

Colleen said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOhhhhh, Yummy! That sure does look like the perfect party cake...beautiful and ooey gooey. Well done Susan...xxx

Amanda said...

Holy moly, I LOVE how you melted down that chocolate and shaved it, genius! This turned out PERFECT :)

Maria said...

What a fun cake! I love it!

TeaLady said...

oH!! mY! gOODNESS!!!! That looks fantastic. What a great looking cake.

Mary said...

I love Dorrie's party cake! And your polka dots are ridiculous cute!

The Food Hunter said...

Cute boys! The cake looks delicious. I love what you did with the decorating.

Cakelaw said...

I love the flecks in the chocolate curls - so pretty. The lemon curd is also a great idea.

Katrina said...

THAT looks absolutely awesome, fun and delicious! I love the white sparkly curls on top! GREAT!

jillbert said...

I love how you decorated it!!

MaryBeth said...

I love the whole thing.. it is a perfect cake!!!

Jules Someone said...

That's just lovely! Lucky nephews!

Leslie said...

That is a stunning cake! It sounds so delicious with the strawberries and lemon curd. I can't get over how beautiful the decoration is!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I have a party coming up, will you make this for me?

thecoffeesnob said...

That truly is a perfect party cake indeed!

Tracey said...

I love your cake! You did such an amazing job decorating it. I'd say you achieved whimsical for sure :)

isa said...

Beautiful cake! Love the polka dots!

Bellini Valli said...

I do remember making this cake for the DB. Love the creative decorations Susan. I'd say you have a lot of creativity:D

AmyRuth said...

Perfecto! So fun for you and the boys, oh yea , those pesky adults too. he he Thanks for showing us great variations. Lemon curd sounds really good too.
AmyRuth

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This Cake is Luxuriously Beautiful!

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Teanna said...

How can you say you are not a cake decorator after all of that?! THAT IS STUNNING! And I need to find those candy melts! Where did you find the ones with all of the colors?

Maddy said...

what an amazing cake! i need to get into the kitchen asap to make some of your yummy treats!

pinkstripes said...

Your cake is gorgeous!! The layers are perfect and I love the way you decorated it. YUM!

Eliana said...

I think your cake looks amazing - perfectly decorated!!!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

how fun!! what a beautiful birthday cake!!

Clivia said...

Fantastic cake - and fresh strawberries to boot! Well done.

Likes Chocolate said...

Delish!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

This cake makes me wish it was my birthday! :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Your cake looks great! You can surely call yourself a 'decorator' with this baby up your sleeve!!

Kim said...

Susan, I am all about cake and yours is splendid. You are a cake decorator as far as I'm concerned. No wonder everyone's was excited when they say the cake. What a great way to celebrate two birthdays!

Jennifer said...

WOW! Your cake is AMAZING!!!!!

Kevin said...

Great looking cake! I really like the curls on top.

lucy70 said...

That was a REALLY special cake with those flecks in the curls on top, Absolutely wonderful, i'm sure it tasted great too!!
(drool, drool) :-)