Sunday, May 22, 2011
Gina's Graduation Cake
Yesterday my friend Gina (the one who gave me the great advice on the wedding I'm going to) had a graduation party. Gina, congratulations on joining the ranks of the masters degree holders (ahem).
I enjoyed making her graduation cake. She likes different kinds of cake, so I made the bottom layer yellow cake with chocolate frosting and the top layer chocolate cake with vanilla frosting.
Please note: this cake was entirely store bought, with boxes of mix and tubs of ready-to-spread frosting. All I did was assemble it. I consider a cake truly homemade when I've made every part of it from baking chocolate, sticks of butter, cups of sugar, etc. This was more of a pre-fab cake.
I have some cake decorating bags with different tips. My cake decorating technique is to write the message and then if I still have frosting in the bag, I change the tip and start making blobs. I don't do flowers, so I just call them blobs. I like to think that the homemade quality of the decorating makes up for the pre-fab ingredients.
But it was a big hit and the guests did an excellent job of almost finishing it by the time I left the party (great party, too). I brought the top right corner home for my husband who polished it off when he got home from work last night around midnight.
I love baking and used to do it all the time before wheat became hard for me to digest. Such is my middle age. Once I made the connection between wheat and pain, I got rid of all my baking ingredients and now I only buy enough ingredients for a specific project. And I only make those items when I'll be leaving the house with them immediately and delivering them to someone else.
Gina, enjoy your new mastery of the world.