Tuesday, June 22, 2010

TWD: Dressy Chocolate Loafcake

This cake was a challenge for me. It looked easy. I've been busy lately so easy was perfect for a birthday cake I needed to make for someone at work. And this could have been easy too, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

I had a pan a little longer than suggested. This made getting the baked cake out of the pan and flipping it a little difficult. I should have waited longer than the 5 minutes Dorie suggested for it to cool (I almost lost the whole thing at least twice). I was in a hurry. This would be my downfall the following morning as well.

I didn't quite have the correct plate size. You can see that I've already lost a corner of the cake. I found the raspberry filling a little runny.

Then came the cutting. This is where I made my biggest mistake. Being in a hurry led to the leaning tower of chocolate cake. Also known as "the cake too ugly to serve." At this point, both out of frustration and a lack of time, I wrapped the thing up and went to work. No birthday cake for you, co-worker!

Hating to let a perfectly good cake go to waste, I decided to try again, only this time on a surface that was appropriate for the cake.

After some shaving (and eating the extra bits - yum!) I had a cake that was almost presentable. I cut off the ends to make them even and smaller, and shaved the top to even it out. I hoped with the icing no one would notice how uneven and unattractive the layers were.

I had some delicious left overs. Overall I liked this cake, but as I'm not a big fan of chocolate and raspberry (I know - what's wrong with me) I probably wouldn't make it as is again. A different filling, with more time to cool before taking out of the pan, and better knife skills - I could be persuaded!

So thank you, Amy at Amy Ruth Bakes for this week's pick. Want the recipe - visit Amy for the details!


AmyRuth said...

Hi Five Jenn, what? You're not a fan of choco & Rasp. Still you made it and tasted? That's Awesome! Way to go. Anyway, that's what makes this whole baking through the book thing so fun. I know there are a lot of recipes I would not bake, but.... alas, I have and learned and enjoyed the experience, well, mostly. Okay dokie. Thanks for baking along with me this week.

Flourchild said...

Im Glad you made it through this recipe! It looks great..you should see mine..Plain jane!!

Anonymous said...

Your final product turned out to be quite lovely. Cutting cake layers is always a challenge for me too. Love the pic of your cake scraps. Actually, I wish I had a few of those right now.