I am always looking for an occasion to make a cake, especially a big fancy one. If you have already read my sisters blog you have already seen the fun cake we made for Kimball's baptism. My mom and sister and I all worked on this one, and we were very pleased about the way it turned out. (By the way, if you don't know, CTR stands for Choose the Right. It is a primary motto.)
Since we wanted it to taste good as well as look good Michal spared no expense. The cake was a moist rich chocolate chocolate chip cake (a Dr.ed up cake mix with sour cream, pudding and chocolate chips). We made two 18 inch square cakes, that we then split to make four layers (the whole cake actually took four mixes).
We used 20 oz. of Trader Joe's chocolate and a cup and a half of cream to make a ganache to use as a filling. We realized after filling the first layer that it was only going to be enough for two of the three filling layers. Since we would have to go back to the store for more ingredients anyway, we decided to fill the very center with a chocolate mousse to mix things up a bit. We should have gotten a picture of the sliced cake. The layers were: cake, ganache, cake, chocolate mousse, cake, ganache, and cake. :) I think that in the end there was almost three pounds of chocolate in the fillings of this decadent cake!
The marshmallow fondant went on quite smoothly, but the ribbon at the base hides several flaws. Mom's lettering was perfect, and the green luster dust, left over from Jared and Kimball's light saber cake, came in handy as a finishing touch.
It was a hit at the party, and I think Michal only went home with one or two leftover pieces.
I wonder when our next occasion will be?