actually, the cake is delicious.
more like, cake decorating fail…
i have an event tonight that requires a cake. and somehow i was put in charge of making that cake (red velvet by request).
i’m not sure how this responsibility fell to me because, while i can definitely put together a great entree or side dish, baking scares the crap out of me.
especially baking for other people.
a recipe i’ve never tried before.
so, i made the cake last night so it’d be nice and cool to frost this morning!
then i got up, let me frosting ingredients soften, then whipped up some cream cheese frosting.
i always use this ubiquitous recipe that i have no idea of it’s actual origin. it’s the one that my college bff taught me!
cream cheese frosting
- 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
mix all ingredients together and you’re good to go!
hmmm, except that for some reason, i could not get the frosting to thicken up like it usually does. i went through all of my powdered sugar trying to get my desired texture, and then i decided to just try to decorate it and hope for the best!
i cut the top off of the bottom layer to make a flat base for the top layer (i need to work on my cake cutting skills – the cake it totally crooked) and then spread the filling on top of the bottom layer, put the top layer on, and then did a quick crumb layer of frosting.
the cake and the frosting went into the fridge to firm up for about a half hour, and then i got to work on trying to decorate…
i used this piping set for my decorating.. i grabbed it at michaels’s the other way after i found out i had to make this cake!
i got to work and was seriously bummed. the frosting was way too runny and i couldn’t get the frosting colors to come out the way i wanted them.
but, i tried to make it work and this is what i ended up with…
eh. i hope she likes it!
at least it tastes good!
have you ever decorated a cake?
any tips to help me improve my skills?
i was wishing i at least had some sprinkles to brighten the cake up, but i was all out after using them up in my last batch of cashew butter. bummer…