Something you may not know about me…
I decorate cakes. There. I said it and my manliness is still in tact.
When I stopped brewing beer and started making homemade icing, I don’t know… oh… yes I do… when I had kids.
My skill level is just a hair above novice, but the consistent kudos I get from my family keep me going. I like to make them feel special; they deserve it. (plus it’s yummy)
My wife is actually the baker, I just decorate. It’s usually just a mix, though sometimes we “bash” it like I recently did for my daughter's 9th birthday. I simply added crushed Oreos to the batter before baking and it came out great. We served it with Oreo Cookies and Cream ice cream, of course.
I call April-May cake season, as I make cakes for at least 4 birthdays, plus sometimes Easter, Mother’s day and extended family.
Some are easier than others. Some are fun, some are frustrating. Although I had to say no to my sons request for a “Darth Vader with a light saber while bowling” idea, I don't think I disappointed him. Here are some samples:
The Barbie cake was the first time I got adventurous. (my wife made me fill in the cleavage *roll eyes*). The triple chocolate cake I made my own ganache and tried flowers for the first time.
You can see hi-res versions and a bunch more on Flickr.
Tips for the best tasting cake.
- Use Duncan Hines
- Freeze the cake after it cools a bit
- Frost it frozen and keep it frozen until a few hours before eating
And now, I’m going to go make a black and tan and eat some beef jerky.