White Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
Oh boy! This is a Test Kitchen Doozy!
As carefully as this cake was planned, nothing is a sure thing until it's baked, stacked, and frosted. Let me walk us through from the beginning...
I love the visual that watermelon provides - I'm not a big fan of the fruit because of the texture, but I love the flavor. Certainly a cake that mimics the look of a watermelon has been done. Pinterest is filled with many takes on this idea; mine own idea is similar but has the look of a simple, traditional cake.
Baking the 'watermelon rind' was a cinch - go with a wonderful green. I tinting 1 cup of batter using Wilton's Leaf Green coloring gel. The original idea was to have a dark green layer of cake approximately 1" tall, then a layer of light green buttercream followed by a 1/2" white layer of cake. It was my hope this ombré effect would mimic the rind.
|I trimmed away a 1/2" layer of chocolate - seeds don't congregate like that, do they?|
Overzealous filling of the pans resulted in both centers sinking...no help for this but a trim.
When it came to stacking, it was easy to start with the green. But I forgot to leave out white buttercream for the layer between the white and dark pink layers. I had to pull from the already tinted, pink - but I'd only separated enough for one layer and now it was necessary to make it work for two. Wah. #cakewhining
At the end of the day, the proportions are off. The Wilton gels worked wonderfully, but the layer heights were just out of whack. The flavors were spot on - the White Cake is almond-flavored, it has a deep luscious flavor with outstanding texture (this is a classic wedding cake and bakes up white).
|The chip/seeds look good at this point, but when sliced - this wasn't visible.|
|Score marks every 1" helped keep the spiraling lines from going too wonky.|
On a scale of 1 to 10 ... I'd give this cake maybe a 6.5. The flavor is good and components of the look are nice, but it just didn't come together. And maybe it's just too small - I baked with 6" rounds, maybe 8" would be better. What I do know is this... I want to try this one again. Maybe I'll get invited to a summer picnic.
I'm grateful for my people. Our oldest daughter, Marie, told me I'm my harshest critic. She might be right. For sure I know I'm crazy about my life partner.