White Almond Cake, Buttercream filling, Buttercream Frosting with Marzipan Flowers
This is not the cake I set out to make. It is a cake that I totally love!
|This is me by the Arc de Triomphe the day before the race.|
So, my idea for a cake was to take different colors of buttercream frosting, mimic the essential shape of the rider, and then run some type of rake/comb through it to create a 'movement' feeling. Something like a Leroy Neiman in frosting.
|So far, things were looking good. When I lightly pulled a sharp knife through the frosting, all of it pulled away from the cake and became one big mushy buttercream psychedelic moment. No pictures - oops for me!|
Epic fail. It looked nothing like what I had in my mind. When I studied it, I think the colors need to be quite loose/runny in order for the wind effect to be noticeable. And I wasn't in the mood to tackle frosting and consistency. Today was just too hot.
Back in the fridge for the cake while I decided what to do. It's the Test Kitchen, so anything goes. And I broke one of my own rules...I was making buttercream and frosting a cake in 30+ degrees! I had that cake in and out of the cake fridge too many times to count.
I've been thinking about this little garden party cake since I made the Marzipan flowers last week. I decided to add the ombre effect on the grass just today - I think it's a sweet combination. It went together very quickly. This technique of adding layers of colors starts from the top and works down, which means I don't have to guess how much buttercream to tint - I simply tint as I go along by adding just a wee bit more of the color being applied.
I love the look of this cake. It's simple and clean. Had I been planning to make this cake, I probably would have filled it with pink buttercream instead of yellow - but this originally was a Tour de France cake - so the yellow was a nod to the leader's jersey, the maillot jaune.
Nonetheless, I am happy with how it turned out. I think this would be a delightful cake for a garden party, afternoon tea, a family celebration, etc.
I'm feeling good that one failure emptied into a success. Working in the test kitchen gives me permission to make mistakes and remain flexible - and most importantly, I can let go of expectations.
Expectations are premeditated resentments...who needs that?