Tuesday, April 1, 2008

CTR Cake

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?


Erin said...

Wow! I am once again extremely impressed! I really need to learn some of your amazing skills.

Michal said...

mmmm. it was so yummy. it's a good thing that there wasn't more left over, because it was not very friendly to the waistline. and i could sure go for another piece!

thanks for all the work you put into it. i would not have attempted this one on my own. i'm so glad you live by me again!

Erika said...

I can't even read this entire thing without making that disgusted noise. How do you do it? I will never be patient enough, loving enough, an eye-for-detail enough to pull something like this off.
Good thing we're related.

Anonymous said...

Hey - how about a 4th of July cake for our family reunion? That sounds fun.

Allison said...

I'm up for a 4th of July cake. Can we use your kitchen? (We can do some sort of white pound cake, with alternating fresh strawberrys and cream and blueberry and cream fillings. What shape should we make it?)

Anonymous said...

You do such good work you really have a talent and it tasted wonderful..

Anonymous said...

Hmm - we'll have to think about the shape. And of course we can use my kitchen - too fun!

Evan said...

I was starving before reading this post, and now all i want is CAKE!!!

Rebecca said...

This is the best baptism cake I've ever seen. Can I order one up for this coming fall?