The ups & downs of my Flag Cake.

Decorating By llj68 Updated 5 Jul 2005 , 11:22pm by beachcakes

llj68 Posted 5 Jul 2005 , 12:58pm
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I made the "Flag Cake" for the 4th. I did 2 red layers and torted them into 7 so it was complete with 13 red/white stripes--just like a flag.

Now--here is the "UP" of the cake. I was deciding how I was going to go about torting the layers when dh came up with a great idea. FISHING LINE!! I swear--it was the easiest I have EVER had it torting a cake. (Of course, I do not own the Wilton "torter".) I usually use my bread knife but was concerned that I could keep it straight. The fishing line worked so perfectly, dh donated his roll to my "cake tackle box".

The very DOWN was that I absolutely could NOT make stabilized whipped cream! I ended up wasting 40 oz by turning it into butter and then almost wasting another 40 oz. It just would NOT come up to a stiff, creamy peak. It was almost grainy in texture. There are a couple of things that I "think" may have gone wrong: 1. my house may have been too warm (about 75); 2. When I put the gelatin in--it may have been too warm; 3. I may have tried to whip too much at a time (I did all of it at once--but I have a 6 qt, 575 watt KA, so I didn't think it would be a problem; and/or 4. I was beating it too fast. This was the first time I had made whipped cream in my new mixer--so I'm not sure exactly WHAT the problem was.

I ended up using the 2nd batch just because I didn't feel like going to the store AGAIN and spending another $10 on whipping cream. It tasted fine and did firm up in the fridge. The cake was pretty cute when it was cut. However, what I had planned for it didn't happen. I ran out of whipped cream and it wouldn't hold anyway--so I didn't ice the sides of the cake with it.

So much for my 4th of July contest entry. From what I've seen in the gallery--it would definatley get worst in show.


4 replies
Beebug123 Posted 5 Jul 2005 , 3:03pm
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Yes, but how did it taste? icon_wink.gif

llj68 Posted 5 Jul 2005 , 3:43pm
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Originally Posted by Beebug123

Yes, but how did it taste? icon_wink.gif

Oh, it tasted absoltely FABULOUS!!! lol!! I just took the berries that I was going to put on the top and garnished the individual slices with them instead. It was yummy and very, very light.

One note about the fishing line--use gloves when you do it. I started by just wrapping it around my index fingers a few times but it started to cut into my fingers. I put on a pair of jersey gloves and I had no problem after that.

Thanks for responding.


kakesbyrobin Posted 5 Jul 2005 , 3:53pm
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I have used the fishing line before.
To make it easier to pull through,I put just a little straight starter slice into the cake layer,put the line there and then pulled the loop through,this made it easier on my fingers.

beachcakes Posted 5 Jul 2005 , 11:22pm
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Waxed dental floss works great too!

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