Tuesday, June 30, 2009

TWD - Perfect Party Cake


First a confession, then cake. I am a klutz. If there is one uneven piece of sidewalk in a city, I will find it and trip over it. If there is a pothole, it waits for me -calling my name. Banana peels see me coming and lay out their sections in my path. Once I dropped four dinner plates on the floor at one time. Last year I slipped on some dog drool and fell down the basement stairs, breaking several bones.

This weekend, on the last afternoon of a lovely vacation, I found an uneven patch of lawn and tore ligaments in my ankle.

So, because I'm in pain and medicated, here's a short version of my Tuesdays With Dorie blog entry.


Oh cake! Such a basic pleasure. Such a necessary delight. I remember those early birthday cakes with as much joy as my frilly party dresses. All those sugar roses, years and years of them in pink and yellow and blue. Once, there was a cake like a carousel, striped paper roof and small plastic ponies. Each one an indelible childhood memory.

Dorie brings to the party the Perfect Party Cake. Is it? It is.
Light and lemony, sweet and moist, at last I have found my go-to white cake. Carol at mix, mix, stir, stir has led me to this all-occasion masterpiece.

Like all great works, there's a learning curve. For instance, when the pan looks full, it is. Make muffins with the rest of the batter.


I never did master the buttercream. Though it spread well, it tasted heavily of butter. but I will try it again. Buttercream will not defeat me. Neither will the sidewalks of the world.

25 comments:

  1. Oh dear! You poor thing! I can't believe you managed to post at all. Such dedication.

    I'm also a klutz, but you have me beat because you're a klutz AND your cake rose like a crazy possessed cake! How did you do that? Mine laughed at me and didn't budge.

    I hope you feel better!

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  2. A pity party is a perfect excuse for cake! Cake and medication, the perfect combo.

    I love the fuschia stripes. It reminds me of confett cake, with the little flecks of color in angel food.

    At first I read "indelible childhood memory" as "inedible childhood memory". I blame my eyes.

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  3. Well, too much batter equals great thick cake layers! Beautiful job! Sorry to hear about your ankle, hope you're feeling better soon.

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  4. Oh, this looks heavenly! I keep hearing rave reviews - I'm going to have to make sure that I try this in the future.

    Sorry about your injury - as a fellow klutz, I feel your pain (I'm still hoping a big scar from a second-degree gravy burn will fade soon).

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  5. Poor thing. I'm so sorry you're hurting. Your cake is lovely. I hope your ankle gets better soon. All the best.

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  6. I loved that you made this cake! The raspberries looks awesome!

    I am so sorry about your injury and I can relate through my hubs. He'd pull a muscle snapping his finger. ;)

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  7. I'm a huge klutz. I broke my foot after slipping on carpet! Your layers look nice and tall! I think it's great you're not giving up on SMBC

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  8. Yours turned out really beautifully!

    Im Canadian too :)

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  9. Oh no Clivia! Hope the ankle heals soon - I have torn ankle ligaments before, and it is so weird not being able to lift your foot properly. Your cake looks scrumptious. You did a beautiful job.

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  10. Oh, my! Sounds like you might be in a bit of pain this week! I feel for you...because I can be a tad klutzy, too. Stinks, but it's part of my charm! :o) This cake was wonderful. I loved the flavors and I thought it was as good as any bakery cake we've ever had!

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  11. Your cake looks fantastic! Nice job! I am so sorry about your injury. I hope you you feel better!

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  12. Wow, hope you're not feeling as much pain today and hope the recuperation is quick.
    Your Perfect Party Cake looks beautiful! How in the world did you get your cake batter to overspill? Mine didn't rise that much at all - I'm green with envy! =) I love your last picture, it looks sooo delicious!

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  13. Gorgeous cake! Love the layers. They're perfect!

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  14. Weeeeee pretty cake!! Your pans must be magical. Mine didn't rise that much however I don't believe I mixed that last little bit for fluffiness. Anyway your cake looks sooo tall and wonderful. Hope your sweet little ankle get stronger and feeling better soon. Take care.:-)
    AmyRuth
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving kind words

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  15. Your cake is lovely! Take care of your ankle - hope it's feeling better soon.

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  16. I'm a klutz too! hope your ankle feels better. Cake should help!

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  17. Ohhhhh! What a major spill! Thank goodness for Dorie's uber idea of always putting a baking sheet under the molds, huh? LOL

    I'm glad it turned out fine after all... it looks beautiful from here!

    P.s.: Don't despair buttercream is a breeze once you understand it (although I have to admit Dorie's is not the best... sorry Dorie! - If you don't find the one I always do on my blog, write to me and I'll gladly explain!)

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  18. Love the look of your cake....Buttercream DOES taste of buttah, no way around that. If I make this again, I'll do the playing around, filling with whipped cram....but I love knowing how to make a good buttercream.

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  19. Oh my gosh. I hope you get feeling better and recover soon. Your cake looks great!

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  20. I am a klutz too! It is supposed to mean we are graceful dancers. I am just saying that is what I heard. You go, girl! Bake on!

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  21. That sounds painful!

    I seem to have a bit of a steep learning curve, too, when it comes to baking. I really need to learn to trust myself. Hopefully the more I bake, the more I'll know when something is "right" or when it's not, and be able to follow my instincts. Right now I don't feel like I have enough knowledge to trust myself.

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  22. Well, you're certainly sure-footed in the kitchen. That cake looks terrific, so light and fluffy.

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  23. I'm so sorry that you're injured! Your cake looks delicious!

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  24. Your cake is beautiful! Thanks for taking the time and energy to share it with us when I am sure a nap was far more appealing than writing a post. Hope the ankle recovers soon. I managed to re-injure a pulled calf muscle yesterday just when I was thinking it might be healed and ready to test out on a short run. A wrong step off of a ladder and pow, I am back to square one.

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  25. I love the way your cake looks, and your medicated posts are still amazingly eloquent and helpful! Dog drool is always a hazard in our house, so that part scared me. Hope you get over your lawn injury soon.

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