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Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Perfect Party Cake!

When I first got my Dorie Greenspan cookbook Baking from My Home to Yours, I knew I wanted to make this cake. In fact, there are two cakes I wanted to make. With my daughters birthday right after Christmas, I asked her if she wanted one of these cakes. Her first response was yes, but after a week of thought, she went with the checkered cake. Damn it. But that just made me that much happier when Morvan announced this months challenge.
The Perfect Party Cake. Although we were allowed to express our artistic side, I stuck to the recipe. Maybe if I had made it before, I would add chocolate or almond or something to switch it up, but I wanted the perfect party cake as written. Reading our private blog, I learned some others had a problem with the rising of the cake. I'm afraid I might have been in that category. Do they seem like skinny layers to you?The frosting is what I want to brag about. I've never made a Swiss Meringue frosting before the Daring Baker Yule Log , but I love it. I didn't do it right on the yule log, but I did it right this time. I could forget the cake and just have a bowl of this frosting. O.K. maybe not, but it was that good. I didn't think the frosting shined through how I would of liked on this cake. I'm not complaining. There was just alot going on. You had a lemon scented white cake, raspberry preserves between each layer, and the lemon scented meringue. The lemon was just a whisper but a great addition. It wasn't a lemon cake, it wasn't a coconut cake, it was The Perfect Party Cake! Anyone in Redding need a cake? I would love to make it again! I didn't get any pictures of the layers. There were four of them. I took it to Easter dinner and felt a little foolish snapping away pictures like I would at home. Another excuse to make this cake? Maybe! If you would like to see about 800 different party cakes, and their layers, check out all The Daring Bakers! For the recipe, go here.

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Blogger Patsyk said...

Megan - your cake turned out beautiful! I missed out due to my new oven not coming in time, but I am enjoying checking out everyone's results! :)

March 30, 2008 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Your cake looks wonderful! I only switched things up because I had made this cake before, but if not, I would have done the raspberry version. Great job!

March 30, 2008 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Pixie said...

Stunning cake, well done! From what I've read thus far, there were a lot of flat cakes floating around. Not certain, why? But perhaps, it's meant to be that way, with all the layers.

March 30, 2008 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Passionate baker...& beyond said...

What a pretty cake the pansies on top! Beautiful!!

March 30, 2008 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger L Vanel said...

Stunning effect with the flowers. A really gorgeous cake.

March 30, 2008 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Suzana said...

Megan, that cake looks scrumptious! I'm sure the layers looked great too. Beautiful pansies!

March 30, 2008 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Jerry said...

The cake is beautiful! The layers look perfect!

March 30, 2008 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

your cake looks fantastic, i love the flour on top. glad you were able to finally make this cake!

March 30, 2008 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger April said...

The cake looks fantastic! very springy!!

March 30, 2008 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Bellini Valli said...

You cake turned out wonderfully. It looks like a coconut cloud and probably just as delicious!!

March 30, 2008 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

I agree, this is the perfect party cake. There is something for everyone! And yous looks lovely. I love the coconut, well done!

March 30, 2008 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger slush said...

Gorgeous cake!

March 30, 2008 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Your cake look so elegant! The flower on top made it even more classy :)

March 30, 2008 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Proud Italian Cook said...

Megan, Your cake was surely a hit at your Easter dinner! It looks beautiful!

March 30, 2008 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Brilynn said...

Looks lovely with the flowers on top!

March 30, 2008 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

Great job Megahn. I got a idea looking at your photos. This batter would be lovely in petit fours.

March 30, 2008 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

What a beautiful Springtime cake! I love the flowers on top. That was a great idea. I'll bet it was a big hit on that Easter buffet!

March 30, 2008 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

I loved the buttercream, too. That was the best part of the cake, though I won't eat any in many months, that's how long it will take me to burn it off :-p

Great looking cake, may I have a big slice, please? :-p

March 30, 2008 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Gato Azul | Chat Bleu said...

It looks so incredibly fluffy and otherworldly :)

March 30, 2008 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger mimi said...

your cake looks delish! i love it with all those coconut flakes!

March 30, 2008 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Sister Megan..beautiful cake! :) Hey, you need to come to Southern Cal for a visit with the Kirkpatricks and we can host a get together!

March 30, 2008 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger coco said...

Your cake looks gorgeous!

March 30, 2008 at 9:46 PM  
Anonymous marye said...

It looks great I love the flowers on top!

March 30, 2008 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your cake looks wonderful! I love the flower decoration! Very well done!



March 30, 2008 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger Dhanggit said...

oh megan im smitten by this cake!! really lovely, i bet this taste heavenly!!

March 31, 2008 at 12:43 AM  
Blogger HoneyB said...

Oh phooey on those who think your a little "off" taking those photos. he he. You should have done it anyway. My entire family knows to expect it of me by now! They joke and call me "looney" but I don't care! :-p Your cake looks great!

March 31, 2008 at 2:56 AM  
Blogger Rosie said...

Hi Megan, what a beautiful cake and I adore the flowers in the middle such a pretty touch! Well done on a great bake :)

Rosie x

March 31, 2008 at 4:47 AM  
Anonymous Dianne said...

Your cake looks fabulous! I love the violets on top. That gave the cake such a lovely touch!

March 31, 2008 at 5:57 AM  
Blogger ruthEbabes said...

Your cake is sooooo pretty! I love those flowers.

Congrats on a successful DB challenge!

March 31, 2008 at 6:42 AM  
Blogger SaraLynn said...

Lovely, it is lovely!

March 31, 2008 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger SweetDesigns said...

Wonderful Cake!!! and Pansy's My favorite flowers!!

March 31, 2008 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Lesley said...

That cake looks wonderful on your dessert table. I love the fresh flowers on top,I contemplatd the same thing!

March 31, 2008 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I love the purple flowers on top. Beautiful cake.

March 31, 2008 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Your cake looks really good!

March 31, 2008 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger BC said...

We didn't get pictures of layers either, we just dug through them.

March 31, 2008 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Geggie said...

All of these party cakes are just beautiful!!!

March 31, 2008 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Miss Ifi said...

Your cake looks beautiful, congratulations on your challenge!!! I find it really interesting that this was a cake that you wanted to make anyway.. coincidence??

March 31, 2008 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Lunch Buckets said...

Great job! It looks beautiful. If I lived there, I'd let you bake one for me :)

March 31, 2008 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Morven said...

Your cake looks scrumptious. Glad you enjoyed the challenge

April 1, 2008 at 12:10 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Looks beautiful with the pansies. Nice job! Your layers did not look flat to me.

April 1, 2008 at 5:37 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oooo Yummy! Your cake is so pretty with the flowers on top! What a nice springtime addition!

April 1, 2008 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Joy Through Cooking said...

looks great! I love the way all the cakes completely covered in coconut look - so soft, retro, and yummy :)

Thanks for the right click tip - sadly I tried that already and it did not work :( Hopefully it is just this computer and I will be able to see them at home!

April 1, 2008 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Beautiful cake!

April 1, 2008 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Your cake looks wonderful. Very tall and elegant.

April 1, 2008 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Joey Biscotti said...

Love the flowers on top - great touch to a beautiful cake. Congrats!

April 1, 2008 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Marq said...

Your cake turned out very lovely! The pansies are a nice touch!

April 1, 2008 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Your cake looks lovely, so springlike, and your layers look just fine to me.

April 1, 2008 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Sheltie Girl said...

You did a wonderful job on your cake!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

April 4, 2008 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Sheltie Girl said...

Great job on the cake!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

April 4, 2008 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Gretchen Noelle said...

Gorgeous cake! I have no inside pictures since my friends think I am crazy when I bring my camera to photograph food. Ha!

April 5, 2008 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous White On Rice Couple said...

The fresh flower on top really make it special and beautiful! Great job!

April 6, 2008 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Molly Loves Paris said...

You know I think that everyone's cake rose the same amount and the different reactions are simply due to a matter of perception. If I had used my regular cake pans which I was first going to use, instead of going and getting the two inch pans, then I would have thought the layers had risen nicely. Your cake is lovely. I love the pansies1

April 6, 2008 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Meryl said...

My frosting for this one turned out much better too--practice makes perfect I guess!

April 10, 2008 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

beautiful cake! i don't think you had problems w/the cakes rising, not from the pic in your blog...?

April 12, 2008 at 8:53 PM  

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