But enough of that.
Like I said, this past weekend was part of Fall Break and it also happened to be my mom's birthday! And I wanted to make a really special cake for her because my mom's pretty awesome.
Let me tell you about my mom.
She works a lot, is stressed out a lot, and worries a lot. But she's also one of the most selfless people I know. She buys a bottle of wine for me every time I visit home so we can drink wine together and catch up. She deals with frustrating people daily and always does the right thing. Everyday, she leaves early for work, comes home late from work, and doesn't really have much time for herself. Sometimes I think she believes that parents aren't cool. When her and my dad come to visit for football games, she always tells me that they'll drop off the tons of food they bring and get out of our way. And every time I tell her that they won't be in the way and that all my friends love them! She rarely does things for herself and is always thinking of others. And I think she worries about me a lot, so I wanted to make a cake to let her know that I appreciate everything she does for me and everything she does in general.
As far as recipes go, there aren't any knew ones here, and I apologize for that. I've got about a million things planned for Halloween, so there will be some new recipes on here soon! I promise!
I tried to make a strawberry-chocolate cake for the cake layers, and by that I mean I wanted to put strawberries in the chocolate cake. But I pureed them and when the cakes came out of the oven, they were basically nonexistent. The flavor wasn't there or anything. It was just chocolate. I think if I had chopped the strawberries into chunks or slices, it would have worked out much better.
CHOCOLATE AND STRAWBERRY CAKE
For the chocolate cake, I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe, Black Magic Cake. I know I've been using this a lot lately, so I'll switch it up next time!
For the frosting, I attempted to make strawberry meringue buttercream, but it failed miserably. I was pressed for time at that point, so I used store bought strawberry frosting instead. I considered using this homemade strawberry frosting recipe, but it isn't really good for piping. It doesn't hold a shape very well.
And I used regular buttercream for the outside of the cake too.
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
3 cups of powdered sugar
Cut the butter into chunks. I usually cut along the tablespoon lines on the wrapper. Beat butter on medium speed until light and creamy. Add vanilla and milk, mix well. Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time, scraping the bowl and mixing well after each addition.
To achieve the ruffled look of this cake, I followed a great tutorial by Baker's Royale. It's super easy and uses a 104 Wilton tip. It's basically done by starting at the bottom of the cake, moving your hand upward with a continuous stream of frosting, and slightly moving your hand back and forth. But Baker's Royale has a really good tutorial with pictures, so check it out!
I'm so pleased with how this cake turned out, even though it's a little different than I originally planned. And I really hope my mom had a great birthday. We visited with both sides of our family, went out for dinner, and watched some movies. It was definitely good to go home and spend time with all of them!