Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pretty impressed with myself

It's probably no secret that I love food. I especially love to cook and bake new things. Usually when I cook the food tastes great but the presentation is lacking. I have several friends and family members who are amazing in the kitchen. My brother is in culinary school and his wife... well lets just say she could teach culinary school. My friend Azúcar makes wedding cakes to die for.

In fact cake is probably my most favorite dessert. I love to watch the cake challenges on the Food Network, Ace of Cakes, or any cake show for that matter. However, I seriously lack any sort of skill when it comes to decorating a cake. My biggest accomplishment to date is the old diet soda and cake mix cake that someone told me about in my Weight Watchers meeting. That being said you can imagine my anxiety when I was asked to make a pedestal cake that would be a center piece for our Relief Society Birthday dinner! I didn't even know how to frost a cake let alone decorate one for a centerpiece. I was determined that I would do something presentable. I found a cute idea here and thought I could try that. I found good old Betty Crocker's silver white cake recipe and was determined I would make this cake from scratch and it would be great.
I got the layers pretty good but I had to enlist the help of my dear friend to teach me how to frost. That was the scary part for me. I knew I could bake this cake but how would I frost it to look good enough at the dinner. Well after my lesson the cake was frosted all nice and smooth. I knew it looked a little boring just being all white on the outside but I did that on purpose so the ladies would get a shock when they cut into it. Here are pictures of my work. I must say I'm pretty impressed with my self! It is completely from scratch! What say you Azúcar?

9 comments:

Jackie said...

The Cake Boss has NOTHING on you! Fantastic Amy! Would you mind sharing the diet soda cake recipe from Weight Watchers?

Mommy Madness said...

AWESOME!! This would have been perfect for Bree's birthday because she wanted a rainbow cake... maybe next time. Have you ever tried the pumpkin + devil's food cake mix recipe? All you need is 12 oz (or 1 1/2 cups pureed pumpkin; not pumpkin pie puree, just pumpkin) and the cake mix... no eggs, oil or wate needed. I like to bake mine as cupcakes, though, because it's easier to keep track of what I've eaten. My mouth is watering for them as I type.

Buffy said...

Yum!

fijiangirl said...
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fijiangirl said...

Sure Jackie... take any 8 oz diet soda and any box cake mix. Mix them together and bake per instructions on the box. The calories and fat grams are what ever is listed on the cake mix since most diet soda is fat free and zero calories. I do suggest for lighter cake mixes you stick with the sprites, because when you mix Pepsi with a lighter color cake mix it changes the color.

Kelly said...

That cake can't help but make me happy....what an awesome idea. Also after all my years in WW I had never heard about the diet soda and cake mix! Must try that this weekend...

Azúcar said...

That's a kid's DREAM!

Karla said...

Beautiful!

Rachel. said...

This cake is beautiful.