This month’s DB Challenge is a Dorie! And you all know how I feel about Dorie. This would have been a double Dorie week for me, had I made the Caramel-Topped Flan. Alas, I did not. (Again, Sorry Steph!) I will also admit, I almost bailed on this DB Challenge. I’ll come totally clean, because we are friends, right? Right? I am sad to say, I am far too busy when it comes to blogging events. Sometimes it feels like a job. Ewwww. Something has to give. Seriously. Something has to give. I have a feeling that something may be DB. Why? Because, the other 2 blogging events that keep me hopping are both managed by me. (And my helpful friends of course. Chelle, TW, Joy, Nikki and CB, dont think I wouldn’t give you some cred.) Its beyond difficult to hide from your own events. I know, I know, poor me, whatev, I’ll shut my complaining trap. More on this later…
This month’s Daring Bakers Challenge is the Perfect Party Cake from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. My fav baking cookbook, of course. My good friend Chelle talked me into doing this challenge for her birthday. It was actually her real birthday when we made the cakes. I ended up having to halve the recipe because of a lack of eggs when I set forth to bake this cake. That left me in a pickle because I didn’t have a pan the size I needed to make a mini layer cake. I decided I would make due with cupcakes and layer those, shortcake style.
The recipe is easy to follow. Directions are great. I decided to take the cake in an orange direction rather than lemon. Only reasoning behind that was that I had an orange on hand, and no lemon. So orange it was! The cake was lovely. Very orangy, light, spongy, just delightful. I will totally make the cake again. For the buttercream, see the above note on lack of eggs. Le sigh. I ended up making regular buttercream, adding orange zest to flavor it and then using the raspberry jam as the fruity portion. The cakes came together easily, albeit messy to eat. Overall, I want to try it again with the buttercream recipe in the book. My regular buttercream was entirely too sweet for the cake. It was overpowering. I think I am plain over regular buttercream. Its just to sweet for me now. I never thought I would say that! Luckily, I will have the chance to try this recipe again when some lovely Tuesdays with Dorie member picks it as the recipe of the week. Can’t wait to give it another go!
Thanks to Morven for picking a lovely cake. You can find the recipe by clicking over to her blog. Thanks to DB, as always. You ladies rock for keeping this massive group in line!