This month's challenge was courtesy of Morven from Food Art and Random Thoughts, and I got to do what I love most... CAKE!!!!!
I loved this month's challenge because we had quite a bit of freedom to do as we pleased with the cake and put our personal stamp on it.. not that we are not allowed to do that often.. but I guess this time I just had a field trip with the recipe.
Anyway.... it all began with the basic recipe for Dorie Greenspan's Perfect Party Cake from her book "Baking from my home to yours" and while I was reading the recipe my imagination began going wild...thinking about raspberry sauce between the layers and some lemony icing besides adding some pecans to it as well!!!...
But every good baker has to assemble the basic ingredients first.. so I did
I added pecans to the batter of the cake, and I must say that it came out beautifully.. it is just such a perfect cake.. so moist! Once the cake cooled down I cut the layers and I put raspberry sauce (some mashed raspberries with lemon and sugar) between them, when the cake was assembled.. it was time for the icing.
I decided to do some 7 minute icing (because I've never made icing before) instead of the butter cream, and I also added some lemon to the icing so make it tart (I really like lemony stuff.. so my cake was all fruity and lemony) the icing was good.. however not what I expected.... I was hoping that the 7 minute icing tasted more like the icing that the cakes that I ate when I was little had.. that sort of cheap icing (well maybe not cheap .. I dunno) but that it was mostly icing sugar and it had a lemony taste and it was a bit hard.. hopefully one day I'll find the recipe for that icing "the cheapo icing that the wedding cakes that I had when I was little had"
Well the cake was finished.. all covered in icing and looking pretty nice!!! I must say it was a really yummy tasting cake and I highly recommend making it sometime.. or you know.. whenever you need a cake for a party!!
And now.. please go visit some other Daring Bakers blogs to see their wonderful creations ... see you soon!!!