This is the Black and White Cake from Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson, with a vanilla bean buttercream.
Since I last updated, I've lost 35 lbs (ok, maybe I haven't been eating all that much cake) and dyed my hair blonde. I still prefer to go barefoot though.
Back to the food...I like to host Mother's Day brunch for my family. My sister and boyfriend were coerced into helping me cook. Many a joke about sweatshop kitchens ensued. In the picture below, He is cutting challah for bread pudding, she is slicing strawberries for fruit cocktail, and I am working on the cake batter.
This cake was for my mom, specifically chosen because it is dark chocolate. I thought it was very similar to oreo cookies.
This cookbook tells you the weight the batter should be in each part of the cake. Never thought about weighing the cake pans. It was a pretty good strategy, because the two layers ended up being pretty much the same size. And that's the point, right?
I had to make the icing twice, and I still wasn't terribly happy with it. The icing was tasty, but hard to work with. Not sure if I did something wrong or if it was the recipe. The basic buttercream recipe from the book worked fine on another cake that I made from the book. I'm sure I'll make this recipe again (it was VERY good), so time will tell.
A big benefit of kitchen visitors is that you get more pictures of yourself cooking! Here is the finished icing.
One of the cakes had a pretty big dome that I cut off, so I used a cup as a biscuit cutter to make some little samples for us to nibble on. I made a mini batch of cake balls too! No pictures of those...they were gone super quickly!
After our mini snack cakes, it was assembly time!
I tried to make chocolate ganache 'kisses' on top of the finished cake, but through a tragic combination of too warm ganache and too big of a hole in my ziploc, I had to use a 'modern' decorating style. :) My sister was a big help on this part.
Luckily, my mom loved the cake, and she didn't think anything was off about the decorating style. I didn't mention that we took 100 photos of the cake.
And here I am with no shoes...
The cake was terrific. It really did taste like oreos, but with a higher quality cream in the center. Yum.