Tonight, we ate the birthday cake. Yes, the one and only-- the best birthday cake.
Making it was quite the adventure. Not too difficult- but probably would have been easier if I had:
1) a sifter
2) more counter space, and
3) larger mixing bowls
But, alas, I survived! The cake got rave reviews from all consumers and even the people walking by me on the street as I carried the cake to the car commented how pretty it was :)
I will not repost the entire recipe here, because I actually followed it to the letter! This strict adherence, required a trip upstairs to my neighbors apartment, because I ran out of vanilla extract. I obtained said extract, a glass of wine, and returned to my baking (in my new apron, courtesy of my wonderful little sister!).
If this were any other recipe, I probably would have substituted the 1tsp of vanilla that I was short, for something I did have; coconut or almond extract. I am sure the result would have been quite different so I am glad I stuck to the recipe.
I was considering making a different icing. I made everything last night, so I "tested" the scraps of cake left after leveling with the icing Deb recommends, and I was not sure. It had a wonderful, rich chocolate flavor- but with the sour cream... it was a bit sour. I was worried it would be off-putting to my friends. But my mom gave me some good advice to "be a purist and stick to the recipe."
I did Mom, and thank you-- everyone loved it. (I also did not have time tonight to make a new icing...) :)
So without further delay: the pictures!
The finished product:
The cupcakes I made--- OK, I did not follow the recipe to the letter... I made 2 8in round cakes, and 6 cupcakes... you caught me :) But I needed to bring my upstairs neighbors a treat for saving me on the vanilla front!
The cake in action! Lovely!
A happy birthday girl!
The inside of the cake: Next time I will also level the top layer and the sides... it does make a difference!
And that is it! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!! :)