Thursday, January 25, 2007

Mopsy's Party Cake!

It's vanilla with vanilla cream filling and wild raspberry jam between the layers. Pink butter frosting.

White Cake Supreme

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp. salt
¾ cup shortening
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 cup milk (preferably whole)
5 eggs whites (reserve yolks for filling)

Grease and lightly flour two 9 x 1 ½ inch round baking pans. Set aside. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. In mixing bowl, beat shortening on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add dry ingredients and milk alternately to beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each addition till just combined.

In small mixer bowl, with clean beaters, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into the batter, and turn into prepared pans. Bake in 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Place on wire racks for 10 minutes, then remove from pans to cool thoroughly.

Slice each cake layer in half horizontally. Spread each layer with raspberry jam, then with almost third of this basic cream filling. Frost the cake with butter frosting, tinted if desired, (recipe below), chocolate decorations, and one pink candle.

For chocolate decorations, melt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips with 1/2 tablespoon shortening. Spread into a rectangle on a sheet of waxed paper, and let sit until it nearly sets. Cut shapes out with a knife or cookie cutters and then allow to harden completely. Finally, plop them on a frosted cake however you like.


Rebecca said...

What an INTERESTINGLY decorated cake. SO neat! How ever did you come up with the idea? More importantly, how ever did you cut all those thin straight lines for the edge?

abigail said...

I had grand plans to cut out fancier shapes, but as I was cutting out the chocolate late at night, it seemed more prudent to just go with simple shapes. I just cut out a bunch of rectangles and triangles and winged it when I slapped them on the cake the next morning.

It's very simple to cut any shape you desire from the chocolate if you cut while it's still soft enough to yield to the knife but not yet hard and brittle enough to break.

I dunno. It's really easy. Try it and you'll see.

abigail said...

Oh, as I mentioned, cookie cutters work great, too. If you have any mini cookie cutters, they're an especially easy way to decorate a cake with chocolate pieces.