Monday, March 31, 2008

Daring Bakers March Challenge - Perfect Party Cake

This month's DB challenge was hosted by the marvelous Morven at Food Art and Random Thoughts. She had us all make a the Perfect Party Cake from Dorie Greenspan's Baking from my Home to Yours. (This is why I bought the book in the first place but I couldn't spill the beans on why I bought it.)

The party cake is different from others as there are no egg yolks in the mix and the ingredients are not added in like most other layer cakes. I will spare you from the methodology as you can read it in the recipe, but what you end up with is a lovely, moist snow white cake.

I would have liked my cakes to rise a bit more so I could do the proper 4 layers but I measured them and they were between 1-2 cm thick. I didn't want to destroy them so I left it as a two layer cake.

There was quite a lot of room for experimentation with this challenge and I decided to frost my cake with sweetened whipped cream and fill the cake with more whipped cream and blueberry jam. Since the cake is lemony, the blueberry flavour worked really well. Overall I liked this cake very much and so did those who ate it. To see all the interesting variations please visit the Daring Baker Blogroll. To see the recipe go to Morven's blog and check out her cake creation. Thanks Morven for a great choice!

26 comments:

Jenny said...

Yum, blueberry and lemon! Looks good!
So I'm curious - what kind of flour did you use? I know there has been some issues with the cake layers and I'm now wondering what type of flour us Canadians used.

Dana McCauley said...

Nice looking cake! I love how simple and pretty the top is with the soft mounds of whipped cream and the perfect berries.


I used raspberry in mine and found it went nicely with the lemon as well.

dana McCauley said...

BTW, I used five roses cake and pastry flour and my layers rose to about 6 cm (over 1 inch). I was able to cut them into layers easily. I do think I'd use 8 inch pans next time though.

Deborah said...

Your cake is beautiful! Well done!

Lesley said...

That whipped cream looks SO great on the cake. I might do that next time!

Gabi said...

Absolutely beautiful with the blueberries! Perfect!
xoxo
Gabi

Andrea said...

I like the idea of the whipped cream...so light and fluffy! The blueberries look beautiful on top!

Brilynn said...

Blueberry! Wonderful idea!

chelley325 said...

Just beautiful! Blueberries would be fabulous with this recipe!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Great job!

Sara said...

ooooh, beautiful! looks lovely with the blueberries and cream!

jasmine said...

This is just so pretty--everything about it--the smoothness of the frosting, the little berry-topped blobs and of course, the purpley-blue layer. Yummy yummy...

j

breadchick said...

OH yum, the first blueberry and lemon combo and that is one of my faves!

creampuff said...

Very pretty!

Morven said...

Looks like the whipped cream combo really works - I may have to try that sometime when I want to make Dorie's cake but am pressed for time.

Your cake looks gorgeous.

Tartelette said...

Looks wonderful and refreshing! You could have totally cut into those layers and fill it with more bluebrry goodness...ok that's just my stomach talking! :)

dee said...

Wow, that looks amazing! I love blueberries, good choice!

Madeleine said...

Beatiful cake!!! great idea the blueberry and lemon!!!

www.madeleinecocina.com

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your cake looks beautiful! A great combination! Well done!

Cheers,

Rosa

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a simply fabulous job! Your pictures are lovely too.

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

Kristen said...

Oh, my goodness! Your cake is gorgeous. I love that you used whipped cream, which in my opinion is always better than any frosting. The blueberries look stunning, yumm!

Hendria said...

Great Photo...very nicely done. :)

marye said...

Fantastic! I love blueberries, that combination is brilliant!

Mama Bear said...

Your cake is beautiful. Wonderful job!

Chuck said...

It's nice to be able to visit another Canadian baker site. Wonderful challenge and a beautiful cake. Well done!

christi said...

Lovely cake! After a million days of snow and rain in Des Moines, I'm so excited for anything Spring-like. This is going to make my day. I'll post as soon as I make one - thanks so much for sharing.