Takes the cake
I love cakes: baking them and eating them and especially sharing them with friends who like to eat them. I’m also passionate about eating in a way that is both good for me, and ‘sustainable’. Given those facts, it is no suprise that I love Sarah Magid’s cakes – they are spectacular custom organic creations with a simple elegant style. I had looked at her website more than once but never had an occasion important enough to warrant ordering a custom confection.
Recently I discovered she had published a book: Organic and Chic which gives step by step instructions for making her cakes. I decided to bake one for Nivi and Paula’s baby shower, which was this weekend.
I did a trial run last week — and I’m really glad I did because the recipes were a bit more finicky than I am used to and I had to make some adjustments (also, I eliminated the peppermint essence I had put in after hearing that the cake tasted a bit like toothpaste!)
Then, friday night and saturday I assembled the cake you see on the left. It was six layers of red velvet cake. Between layers is a light creamy white frosting sprinkled with chopped up peppermint candycanes and chocolate which I sprinkled in a donut shape between each layer, leaving some uncovered frosting so the next layer would stick! The white vanilla frosting on the outside is decorated with lots of pretty pink flowers. I wish I had a photo of it once it was sliced, all those layers were pretty impressive!
I was really pleased with how it turned out — it was both tasty and beautiful! Now I just need another occasion that warrants all that work!
— By Talia