The problems that led to me to having trouble with the cake:
- I decorated it in my sister's church kitchen, 1200 miles from my home
- My son got sick on the way and it took an extra day to get there, giving me 2 hours to assemble and decorate
- My son got sick right before we got to the church for me to decorate the cake, cutting into my 2 hours
- I didn't have the needed ingredients to make my no-fail buttercream, so I used cream cheese icing, which slid off the cake
- The motor on my hand mixer burned out while making the icing
- The wings broke off my bees
I would really like to redo this cake, because I know I could make it look better. However, it was a very tasty strawberry cake and the cream cheese icing really complimented the cake.
This second cake was a sheet cake for a bridal shower. I hate to do sheet cakes, or any square cake because I have a lot of trouble icing them. However, I was very happy with the results of this cake.
I used a new vanilla cake recipe: Magnolia Bakery's Vanilla Cupcake recipe* it was delicious! I did double the vanilla, and since I made it in 9x13 pans instead of cupcakes, I discovered I needed to turn the temperature down to 325 degrees to keep the edges from browning before the center cooked. I'm not sure how long I baked it , but I think it was about 40 minutes. I will be making that recipe again.
I used daisy cutters to make the fondant daisies in various sizes. I used buttercream for the base icing, swirls, and writing. I am not great at writing on cakes, but I practiced on parchment several times before writing on the cake and ended up being happy with the results.
*I don't want to violate any copywrite laws, but you can click the link to go to the recipe I used.