Sunday, March 30, 2008

Daring Baker's Challenge: Dorie's Perfect Party Cake!!

Wow...i've had a quick look at what other daring bakers have done- there are so many creative and beautiful versions of the same recipe!!!!

Culinary Princess invited me to her house for the first time and I wanted to bring something which will definitely impress..after hearing so much about Dorie Greenspan (and of course with the DB deadline coming up!), the Perfect Party Cake was the natural choice!!

But I only realised that the eggs reserved for the meringue frosting were cracked (must have put some heavy stuff on the carton unknowingly) late at night and so i made something else for the feast at Culinary Princess' place...

but Weiqin convinced me to bring the unfrosted cake as well...

and this is what we did with it!

Sarah made the butter cream (we didn't follow the meringue recipe cos we were short on time and everyone was hungry!!)
Weiqin took pictures and cheered us on on the side and kept telling us that the cake was goin to be fine..


i sliced the cake and spreaded strawberry jam that Culinary Princess made...homemade jam!! mmmmm..!!


and Sarah took over again and frosted the cake..




decorated with fondant flowers made by Sarah!


and Culinary Princess was in charge of taking pictures of the finished product...!!


sliced...


see the pretty layers? And check out the yummy indian food in the background!!


a close up...u can see some green bits..that's the lemon zest...


so u see, making this month's challenge was a successful team effort and wonderful ice breaker!! heheh!!

and yes, it was a perfect party cake...mainly cos of the lovely people who were there!!

verdict on the cake?? I must have done something wrong..cos the cakes didn't rise very much and very quite dense, almost like a pound cake but what's important is that all of the girls liked it anyway...most probably won't make it again just cos it's hard to think about what to do with 8 egg yolks!!!

Hop on over to the daring bakers blogroll and see what everyone else has done!! And be prepared to be bowled over!!! :D

12 comments:

L Vanel said...

Great looking cake and so nicde to see a team effort! The flowers on top look really amazing. I love the way you decorated this cake.

Jerry said...

Looks lovely even though it didn't rise! The decorations are so cute!

Gretchen Noelle said...

I love love love the fondant flowers. Adorable!!!

Jenny said...

I think Julius at the Occasional Baker has the best advice as far as what can make a cake not rise.

Cute flowers on top!

Anne said...

Glad to know you had a blast making the cake with your friends...well done!

Lesley said...

Those are SUCH adorable little flowers. A lot of people had rising problems. I like the photos of the process in your kitchen.

bbaking said...

What a team!! The flowers are so cute!g

Sheltie Girl said...

You guys did a great job on your cake! Great team work!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

culinaryprincess said...

it tasted soo good!! glad qin convinced u to bring it along. it had a sponge cake look but i sure was wrong when i took a bite in it :P

daphne said...

What a great group effort.. I wouldn't mind a HUGE slice of that!

Big Boys Oven said...

what a lovely cake you have there, a true party cake!

ioyces said...

thanks everyone!!

Culinary princess: thanks for lunch!! And what did the cake taste like to you?? :)

Daphne: if u come to adelaide, i'll make a whole cake for u!! LOL