I spent my Friday baking cakes and making frosting for Saturday's party, all with my trusty sidekick at my side. He was very good at eating batter and frosting; needless to say we went through a lot of paper towels cleaning up. First up: gluten-free chocolate cake. My aunt has celiac disease, meaning she can't eat gluten, so we try our best to make sure there is a gluten-free option. This cake came from a mix by Namaste, which I got at Whole Foods, and it was really delicious- moist and spongy. If you're looking for that option, I would totally recommend this mix. I topped it with the frosting from the back of the Hershey's cocoa box, which is also gluten-free.
Can you tell I used two different-sized cake pans? Does it look like I cared? Nope. Next up: the main cake- yellow cake and white frosting, ready to decorate. This year's inspiration:
I'm not Cake Boss or Ace of Cakes or anything by any stretch of the imagination, but I can hold my own when decorating a cake. Like sewing, I'm not going to win any prizes, but I can put together a pretty snazzy Halloween costume when called upon. Anyway, I started by frosting the whole thing white, then used a toothpick to "sketch" my design.
Then it became a paint-by-number job, essentially. I started with the main body of the tractor in John Deere green, of course. Tires and other details were done in gray (a heavy mix of blue, green, and red food coloring), and then the hubcaps were filled in with bright yellow. Using a little bit of the leftover chocolate frosting from the first cake, I added some mud. All in all, success!
Anyone else do some baking over the weekend?
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