Sunday, March 30, 2008

Birthday Cake Construction

One of the things I like to do is bake. I've been lucky enough to do some showers, birthdays, and even some weddings. This weekend I got to make the birthday cake for my nephew's first birthday and thought some of you might find it interesting what goes into make a cake.

Step 1: Bake the individual layers and let them cool overnight.

Step 2: Cut off the tops to make them level. (This can be tricky!)

I try to clean up along the way.

Otherwise, I'd probably STILL be doing dishes!

Step 3: Apply a crumb coating. Just a thin layer of icing and then put in the fridge to let harden. It's not very pretty at this point.

As you can tell it takes quite a bit of room in the fridge, so I'm always shoving food in every drawer, nook and cranny to make room!!

Step 4: Apply a second layer of icing that's thicker and will be the final layer.

That final layer of icing is the HARDEST thing to do. I just DON'T get how the pros get it soooooo smooth! It almost doesn't look real!

Step 5: Prepare cake for stacked construction. Put dowel rods in each layer so the layer above it is supported.

Step 6: Stack layers. This is pretty self explanatory!

Step 7: Begin decorating! This is the fun part!

Step 8: Finished product!

Now, the challenge is transporting the cake! I wish you could have seen the transportation of this cake! A lot of times, I have to transport these by myself and basically it entails a lot of very slow driving, but thankfully, my sis and bro-in-law were going to drive me. I held the cake in my lap. It was hilarious!!


Rebekah's Bits & Pieces said...

Wow!!! I must say you are pretty talented when it comes to cake decorating.

oh amanda said...

cool! you outdo yourself every time!

Erin said...

That is amazing! I love making cakes and always make my girls' cakes. You did a splendid job!

Kat said...

It is so pretty! I love it! Thanks for the insider's scoop!

Anonymous said...

You have to make me one! You are great at this!

Josie said...

Great Job! I wish I could bake...

Kelly said...

Wow - you did awesome!!!!! I'm very impressed!

Brandy said...

The cake is so cute! What a talent!

Welcome to Our Lives... said...

That is adorable!! You are so talented!

Beck said...

So cool- will you make the cake for Dave's birthday?

Elaine A. said...

I am so impressed with your cake!! Will you make one for my son's first b-day next month? Oh wait, you are a little far away aren't you? Darn!


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