Well, I decided to be an overachiever when it came to dessert for the Memorial Day barbecue. I guess at this point, it shouldn’t be a big surprise. Don’t get me wrong – I very much considered just grabbing a big tub of ices (good thing I didn’t because someone else brought those) or making a fruit flag but in the end, I chose to make the cake I found on Pinterest (but was originally from Glorious Treats… and that cake was inspired by one made over at 17 and Baking).
I followed her instructions of making two red cakes, one blue cake, and one white cake on Sunday night. (Side note – my KitchenAid mixer is such a life saver when you’re making a cake and it’s very humid and hot out). I then spent Monday morning putting it all together.
The whole process involves a lot of slicing the cakes in half and then stacking. It was a very interesting process and by no means easy for one person (although I’m not sure how having a second person there could help).
Oh, and this is a seriously messy project. I’m not even talking about the baking part and having to clean out pans and spoons – I’m talking about actually assembling the cake. There were crumbs everywhere and a lot of left over cake.
- yes, I did eat some of the left over cake as I was building.
- and yes, that is store-bought frosting. No point in pretending I make my own.
With the cake fully assembled, I waned to start frosting and I hoped that one tub would be enough but it really wasn’t. There were a lot of crumbs everywhere. While it did give the cake a cool effect, you could totally see what was going on underneath. Since no one knew what kind of cake it was, I was hoping to keep it a surprise until it was time for dessert.
The crumbs gave the cake a cool effect (almost like funfetti) so I didn’t entirely mind. If anyone asked, I was planning on telling them I mixed sprinkles in with the icing.
Word to the wise: this is not the kind of cake you want to travel with. On the way to Joe’s aunt’s house, the blue layer started cracking up top. You could see right in there that there was blue and red. I’m pretty sure that the heat played a role in why the cake didn’t fare as well as I had hoped.
Next time: make this cake when we’re the ones throwing the party. At our place. Oh, and make sure there’s AC.
Even with the minor set back of some cracking and the heat, the cake worked! When we sliced into it, it looked just like the American flag. Everyone was excited about it, although I got more compliments on how the cake tasted than how it looked. That’s good, right? I haven’t decided yet.
I shared some photos on instagram for the cake at the end of the day and it was clearly a champ. Sadly, by the time we got home, more of the cake had toppled over and it no longer resembled a flag. I don’t know what it resembled but Joe and I ate it anyway. I will never refuse a cake based on looks. Ever.
What’s the most adventurous baking or cooking project you’ve tackled? Are you in the habit of trying crazy new things all the time? Does anyone else out there eat their cake with a spoon when they can’t find the forks and they just want their cake? Seriously – I can’t be the only one…