pstmacary Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 3:22am
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AGo Hard or Go Home. I Am attempting To Make My Daughter's First Birthday Cake....And It's My First Cake I've Ever Made Besides A Box Cake. I Was Going To Have It Professionally Done But unfortunately It's More Than I Can Afford...Fortunately, I'm Up For A Challenge. Any Suggestions Or Recommendations Would Be Appreciated.Recipes, Etc. Thanks In Advance

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-K8memphis Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 2:37pm
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that's quite a tall order for a newbie but why not

 

i'd recommend using a nice pound cake--easy to make from scratch and good to sculpt with

 

then i'm gonna get you a great tutorial not that you can't find tons on you tube i guess

 

i'll be right back with the link

 

but you can get topsy turvy cake pans too

 

http://forums.egullet.org/topic/71115-demo-topsy-turvy-cake/page__pid__969488

 

and then this next is for sculpting--you can learn a lot from chefpeon

 

http://forums.egullet.org/topic/67296-demo-sculpting-a-cake/

 

and my favorite pound cake recipe is

 

Chanlette's Pound Cake

 

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks (1/2 lb) butter, softened
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups flour, sifted (cake flour for finer crumb - all purpose flour for strong chewier)
  • 1 cup whipping cream ( I actually prefer to use heavy cream)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

  1. * Butter and flour a bundt or tube pan.
  2. * Cream sugar and butter thoroughly
  3. * Add eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition
  4. * Alternately, mix in flour and cream
  5. * Add vanilla extract
  6. * Pour into prepared pan
  7. * Set in COLD oven and turn heat to 350F
  8. * Bake till done, about 70 mins, depending on your oven
  9. * Cool 20 minutes
  10. * Remove from pan and cool

 

 

get on your mark, get set, GO !!!  icon_lol.gif

-K8memphis Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 2:47pm
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that pound cake recipe has a cold oven start so it might not be the best to work with unless you let your oven cool down completely each time you bake some tiers

 

but there are of course tons of pound cake recipes available

 

but i love that recipe and the person who shared it with me so for what it's worth

pstmacary Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 3:22pm
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. I know it's reaching far but as it is, I have only invited 10 guests (that's parents and kids) just to keep the budget small. Once I was quoted $300 for topsy turvy cake, I knew I had to do it myself if I wanted it to be done and inexpensive. I've been looking at videos of how to decorate with fondant and been voracious on this board just reading. Also, I just saw those topsy turvy cake pans. I saw the Fat Daddios and Petal Crafts Topsy Turvy Cake Pans and am deciding which one to purchase now. Any recommendations on a buttercream receipe to use? I'm excited and nervous. I will post up pictures as soon as this creation is done. All your suggestions and ideas are thoroughly appreciated. 

-K8memphis Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 3:37pm
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buttercream hmmm

 

i have a question for you

 

when is the party?

 

you might want to use some store bought items to lessen the learning curve load here a bit

 

but i use swiss meringue buttercream but i can't stand the thought of you learning how to make that right now

 

just make or buy a nice american buttercream

 

there's ten thousand different formulas

 

mine is agh...let's see...it's here some where..shuffles many books & papers hmm...

 

got it

 

1 cup fat, 1/2 cup liquid, 2# 10x (confectioner's)sugar, flavor, li'l salt

 

can't wait for pictures!!! but we gotta ways to go icon_biggrin.gif

pstmacary Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 3:40pm
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The party is February 2. I'm gathering items slowly but surely. Dowels, Pans, etc...got to love Michael's their coupons. I'm just trying to be fully prepared for anything.

-K8memphis Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 3:51pm
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fully prepared --great thinking!

 

and an idea is to allow two or three times as much time as you think you need

 

once you get the big ball rolling--srsly i usually say two times but for a tt three times!

 

maybe even do a quick mock up with box mixes or even store bought cakes

 

but just take it step by step following one method

 

if you use the tt pans then use that method step by step

 

leave yourself plenty of time for potential reversals

 

time to re-do things

 

hey--bake twice as much cake and store it in the freezer maybe

 

then you're ready for anything

pstmacary Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 8:35pm
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So here is my cake. It took me all day but here it is and it tasted delicious. I was adventurous and did red velvet top layer, chocolate second and bottom level vanilla. 

 

 

 

 

-K8memphis Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 8:57pm
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aww--how sweet!!!

 

you did good, mom!!!

 

cupcakes too???

 

you were busy!!

 

or if they're store bought--you're smart!!!!

 

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VicB213 Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 9:03pm

Really great first cake... you are braver that I every was!!!

pstmacary Posted 5 Feb 2013 , 4:58pm

Oh I didn't even realize you can see the cupcakes too. I did make them too. I made red velvet (left over from the top layer (i put cream cheese in the middle of the cake), three muskeeters and twinkie cupcakes. Pinterest makes you feel like you can make anything. I was in the kitchen back and forth between my mom's house. My oven is on the fritz so you can imagine back and forth, back and forth. It was all worth it though.

 

 

 

pstmacary Posted 5 Feb 2013 , 5:01pm

Pinterest makes you feel like you can do anything. I did red velvet cupcakes with the left over from the top layer of the cake, three musketeers and twikie cupcakes. I was going back and forth between my house and my parent's because my oven was on the fritz but it was all worth it in the end. 

 

 

JimmyBoombats Posted 5 Feb 2013 , 6:52pm

For a first cake you did a fantastic job, keep up the caking.

pstmacary Posted 6 Feb 2013 , 4:58pm

Thank you everyone. I hope this is the beginning to many more cakes and cupakes to come icon_biggrin.gif

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