Since I’ve gotten back from Mexico, my cousins Matthew and Spencer have been staying with me. Being 14 and 16 year old boys, they get bored easily and constantly want to be doing stuff. Now me, as an 18 year old girl baker…we tend to want to do different things. Spencer wants to go to the skatepark, Matthew wants to hang out with his friends, and I want to go antique store shopping for new props.
I had the car, so I won, and I took the boys, as well as my friend Paige, shopping at antique stores for adorable cake platters, plates, pans, and other knick knacks. Surprisingly, they actually seemed to enjoy it a little bit until their feet started hurting and they became “sooo exhausted” and needed to go home.
Naturally, I got home and immediately wanted to make something so I could use my new props! Spencer begged for white cake, his favorite, so I obliged, digging into the Baked: New Frontiers in Baking cookbook (one of my faves!) and whipping up their amazing Whiteout Cake – a glorious, fluffy white cake with the creamiest white chocolate frosting you can imagine.
Now, typically making layer cakes terrifies me. It’s not really the making of the cake – it’s the icing and decorating. That’s not my strong suit by any stretch of the imagination and I was having a bit of a panic attack while frosting this cake. One fondant mishap and numerous tries at frosting the cake beautifully, I finally got it to look half decent. I was cranky, tired, and covered in frosting, but at least I had a good-looking, amazing tasting cake! But then it was time for picture taking…
Thankfully my best friend Paige was still there for the whole ordeal. She’s interning for a wedding planner this summer and doing so, she has majorly amazing ideas for how to decorate cakes. One of her favorite looks is gorgeous flowers topping a simply frosted cake, and we all knew I wasn’t doing any intricate frosting work, so she happily picked roses with Spencer while I iced. We recruited the boys to help hold up a blanket as the background (#ghettobackground, as Spencer hashtagged on Instagram*) while we tried to get some awesome pictures to show how amazing this cake was.
When it came time to cut a slice to photograph, another panic attack ensued. I could never make the gorgeous slices with crumb-less frosting every other blog always seems to have and I was sure I’d ruin it. Then I remembered something about using a super-sharp knife, heated from super hot water. I tried it, and it worked pretty darn well! I did freak a little moving the slice to a separate plate, but it all worked out.
The process took a darn long time, but I’m pretty happy with the results! Hopefully my next attempt at layer cakes will go more smoothly, even though I won’t have my awesome cousins to hold up my #ghettobackground for me. Too bad! Even if it doesn’t turn out picture picture though, this cake is a wonderful tasting dessert that will please the palate of almost anyone. It’s creamy, rich, smooth, and wonderful, without being overly heavy or cloyingly sweet. Another winning from Baked! Enjoy.
*I’m Instagram obsessed, and I post a ton more pictures on there that never make it to Bakerita! My username is rachelconners, follow me! I’ll most likely follow you back as well.
Ingredients Instructions Notes Recipe from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
Recipe from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking