I took a nice break from the kitchen and the computer. I want to thank you all for your encouraging words and advice on the previous post. I guess I was so used to previous Daring Bakers’ challenges as being fairly easy and manageable for me. With the toothache and so many other problems. this challenge was just really…plain and simple…a challenge for me. Next time, I will work on a challenge while not in pain, and I will take things slowly (even though I am already a slow baker/cooker). Also, I will stick to challenge dishes that I will actually want to eat in the end.
As many of you know, here in the United States, many of us celebrated Memorial Day. On this day, my colleagues and I went to my favorite BBQ joint, Rudy’s BBQ, and I brought this cake. I colored it baby blue just for the “Colorful Mondays” project on Kitchen Simplicity.
The cake is comprised of my two favorite cake recipes: the Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate cake and Bridget’s white cake, which I blogged about here. Half of my friends preferred the chocolate side because they prefer chocolate, while the other half preferred the white side. I know that my favorite was the white cake. My friend cut a small slice of cake to reserve for her boyfriend, and he later told her to tell me the following:
Please tell Memoria my only complaint is that the piece was cut way too small. It’s really delicious. It has almost an angel food taste but with a regular cake texture.
I would totally agree with his description. This recipe is my go-to for white cake (for process photos of this cake, check out the strawberry cake derived from the same recipe).
I tried to make Italian buttercream, but I whipped the meringue too long and accidentally heated up the sugar syrup too long because I was taking photos. So, I had to make a regular, no-egg buttercream for the outside.
It felt really weird to have a cake this color in my possession. I’m not a fan of making and looking at colored icing, but I am totally okay with eating it!
TOOTH/TEETH UPDATE: I’m going to the oral surgeon tomorrow to get my tooth/teeth extracted. I plan to make soup for this week. Please keep me in your prayers or send me good thoughts. Have a great week, everyone!
1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
3-4 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk or half-n-half
blue colored gel (optional)
Beat the butter and shortening together well. On low speed, mix the the powdered sugar in one cup at a time. Then, add in the milk until you reach the desired consistency. Add blue colored gel, mix, and keep adding more gel until you reach the desired color.