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Biscuit's picture

50th Birthday Cake (post #64638)

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Hey - here are some photos of a cake I'm pretty proud of.  I made it for my neighbor who turned 50 and had a surprise birthday party last night.  Anyone who sneers at the fact that the top sort of slopes down at the corners - shut up.  I know, and I don't want to discuss it.  Sometimes things don't do what you want them to do.  It was a HUGE cake, and getting the layers to bake evenly at all was a challenge, not to mention that I didn't have a plate or firm surface large enough to set it on, so I had to use the top of a huge plastic bin to set the thing on.  And besides - I've never claimed to be a fabulous cake decorator; barely adequate is how I'd describe my skills. 


But still - it was a fun cake and absolutely fabulously delicious, if I do say so myself!  Chocolate chiffon cake layers, bittersweet chocolate mousse filling, vanilla buttercream.  The entire group of adults raved over the thing, and couldn't BELIEVE I make real buttercream and real chocolate mousse! (G) and 3 of my neighbors want to pay me to make cakes for them - I said no, but I'd make cakes for them anyway.  I'm not taking money for doing something I like doing.


Anyway - here it is.  A fun cake - I really like it:


 


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

kathymcmo's picture

(post #64638, reply #1 of 43)

I dunno, the decoration looks pretty fabulous to me! Wish you were my neighbor ...

roz's picture

(post #64638, reply #2 of 43)

Gorgeous! I am sure the flavors were to die for, and don't apologize, I wish you were my neighbor. But I especially love the 'serving tray'...great idea for transport!

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CulinaryArtist's picture

(post #64638, reply #3 of 43)

Gorgeous and sounds so tasty, too!


Did you say you'd be moving next door?  I could make a lot of noise and force the neighbors to move out leaving the apartment next door available!!


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SallyBR1's picture

(post #64638, reply #4 of 43)

Hey, Biscuit.... why is the top sloping down at the edges?

(ducking down QUICKLY)

:-)

GORGEOUS CAKE! It makes turning 50 a lot less painful - I am sure she was in awe when she saw the cake!

I wish I had a neighbor like you!

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

chiquiNO's picture

(post #64638, reply #5 of 43)

LOVELY CAKE!!  Lucky neighbor....Biscuit, here's a tip for next time....After making a gozillion wedding/anniversary, etc. cakes I've devised a little trick to do a "corner Lift" when necessary.  After filling the cake, just slide a vanilla wafer or chocolate one if it's chocolate into the filling at the corners.  It eventually softens and just melds into the cake and takes care of those drooping corners just beautifully!!  Works EVERY time!!


 


There's no harm in charging for your cakes...at least for the ingredients!!  You go girl!!


Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

DeannaS's picture

(post #64638, reply #8 of 43)

That's a tip to submit, right there.

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

KarenP's picture

(post #64638, reply #6 of 43)

 Where were you when I turned 50??!!  Beautiful cake!

DeannaS's picture

(post #64638, reply #7 of 43)

It looks fabulous. I love how festive it is - instead of some sort of super floral somber thing. It screams celebrate!

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #64638, reply #9 of 43)

Fantastic - and there's nothing to be ashamed of in that decorating job.

MadMom's picture

(post #64638, reply #10 of 43)

No slopes seen here!  That was a fantastic job.  You can bake me a cake when I turn 50, LOL...well maybe, the 20th anniversary of my 50th birthday?



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madnoodle's picture

(post #64638, reply #11 of 43)

Wow! That's gorgeous.  What are the decorations made from?

There's fifteen feet of snow
And it's colder than a welldigger's as*.


Tom Waits

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

SuB's picture

(post #64638, reply #12 of 43)

That's my question too - fondant?  All those colors?  Wow.


It's an amazingly cool cake.  Well done!



Cheers, Sue B.


The older I get, the better I was.

Cheers, Sue B.

The older I get, the better I was.

Biscuit's picture

(post #64638, reply #13 of 43)

White chocolate that was colored.  You have to use candy colors - they are oil based, not water based.


I like mixing the colors and making them into anything I want.  Wait until you see what I'm doing for Max's birthday cake - reptiles.  I've already started.  I've made crocodiles, a chamelion, a cobra, and a couple of other lizards.  I still have a bunch more to do, though.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

madnoodle's picture

(post #64638, reply #17 of 43)

So you blend the colours into melted white chocolate, pour it out in a thin layer, let it harden, then cut out your shapes?  Did you do those freehand?  I'm impressed.

There's fifteen feet of snow
And it's colder than a welldigger's as*.


Tom Waits

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

Biscuit's picture

(post #64638, reply #19 of 43)

Um - no.  After you have your color, you have to kind of "paint" your design.


Basically this -


I find a pattern or picture I like.  I try to keep designs very simple, but I do like some detail, like for the crocodile and chameleon I did for Max.  Anyway - for this particular cake I drew some free-formed star shapes on a piece of art paper until I got the size and shapes I wanted.  Then I used the computer to create a large 5 and 0 in a font I liked for the 50.


After I had the designs, I put a piece of parchment paper over them, and traced the design onto the parchment paper with a Sharpie.  Sharpies work best. 


Turn the parchment paper over (so your chocolate isn't in contact with the marker, and also so you have a mirror image of your designs), and now you have templates. 


For these stars and numbers, there was no detail work, but for example, with the crocodile - I first melted my very, very dark green color, and I used a thin paint brush and some toothpicks to outline the crocodile and add the details.  I let it set until very hard.  Then I melted the primary color of the crocodile, a paler green, and then I painted in the rest.  You have to make it really thick, or the design will be too delicate to pick up when it is set.


For the numbers and stars, I just painted within the lines I had drawn, using a toothpick for finer lines.  Toothpicks actually work really well for this application.


When everything had hardend and I was able to remove them from the parchment, I flipped them over to their smooth side up.  Then I added detail by adding little yellow dots onto the 50.  The crocodile got his eyes, and the detail of some scales and claws and teeth.


It's not hard, but it takes patience and detail work, which I like.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

madnoodle's picture

(post #64638, reply #21 of 43)

it takes patience and detail work


That lets me out then.  I'll just admire your work from afar.


There's fifteen feet of snow
And it's colder than a welldigger's as*.


Tom Waits

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

Amy's picture

(post #64638, reply #14 of 43)

Wow! I'm impressed and jealous at the same time! Very very very nice.

AnnL's picture

(post #64638, reply #15 of 43)

That's fantastic!!  Who would even notice the sloping sides when the cake and decorations are so beautiful?! 


Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Marcia's picture

(post #64638, reply #16 of 43)

That's an impressive cake, Biscuit.

nexus's picture

(post #64638, reply #18 of 43)

Beautiful cake, I'm totally drooling right now.


Cheryl

Nightrider's picture

(post #64638, reply #20 of 43)

Fantastic!  You'll hear no comments from me about sloping corners - that is by far better than anything I could come out with.


Lovely work.  :)

RuthWells's picture

(post #64638, reply #22 of 43)

Hey, for someone who claims she's not great at piping, your bead border sure looks terrific!  ; )  As do the piped chocolate decorations; the whole cake is just adorable.  Nice job!


 


Ruth Wells


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 - G.B. Shaw


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knitpik's picture

(post #64638, reply #23 of 43)

Looks fabulous.

TracyK's picture

(post #64638, reply #24 of 43)

It looks great!! And sounds delicious as well. :-)

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Jillsifer's picture

(post #64638, reply #25 of 43)

D*mn, I hope to get up to "barely adequate" someday!


That is FABULOUS and you should take a whole lot of bows.


 


 


Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

tones's picture

(post #64638, reply #26 of 43)

I think that is one of the best looking cakes...and so original!  Would it be too much to ask for the recipes you used for the cake, filling, and frosting?  I am still going to try to make a good chocolate chiffon cake and I would love to know what you did if you say it came out so delicious.  I'm so interested in a good mousse filling and a good frosting that isn't too sugary, too.  I am going to copy your thoughts for making the decorations if I ever get that inspired to make something like that for grandkids.  I agree with the others about letting people pay for your cakes.  We are talking about the expense of ingredients and much energy and time  (even if you are neighbor of the century).

Wolvie's picture

(post #64638, reply #27 of 43)

looks great - send one my way in April. :-)

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."


- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #64638, reply #28 of 43)

really awesome - I don't know why you bag on your decorating skills - it looks great.

~RuthAnn
foom!


~RuthAnn

Biscuit's picture

(post #64638, reply #30 of 43)

Mostly because I'm well aware that my piping skills suck (G).  I couldn't make a buttercream rose if my life were on the line - nor can I pipe any other flower or any other thing except borders, and then only the basic few.


I tried and tried in baking school - it just wasn't my thing.  Which is why I'm so thrilled to have found that I am good at doing this thing with chocolate, because I get some pretty decent results with it.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

AnnL's picture

(post #64638, reply #31 of 43)

Which is why I'm so thrilled to have found that I am good at doing this thing with chocolate, because I get some pretty decent results with it.


Now there's an understatement!  You get beautiful results with it!


Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux