Sunday, March 11, 2007
Happy Anniversary to Mum & Dad!
Last week, we celebrated my parents' 30th wedding anniversary, for which I decided to bake an enormous cake. I didn't want to go with a usual big ol' chocolate cake (my mum is not that keen on chocolate), but still wanted something that looked celebratory. After much deliberation, I ended up choosing Tyler Florence's yellow butter cake with red fruits. I'm not sure which of his books it's printed in, but I found it in an old issue of Delicious magazine.
I was going to print the recipe here, but I seem to have misplaced that particular magazine. Oops. I'll rootle around for it and publish the recipe when I find it.
So, basically it's a butter cake, which you slice in half horizontally, (Tyler said to slice it in thirds, but I didn't want to tempt fate), and fill with frosting. The frosting, however, proved to be very difficult. To make it, you beat castor sugar, water and egg whites in a double boiler until dissolved. You transfer the mixture to an electric mixer, and add small cubes of butter one at a time, until the frosting is thick and fluffy and spreadable. Once that's done, you fold in a mixture of red berries, which have been cooked with sugar and vanilla.
I've never made frosting like this before, so I'm not quite sure where I went wrong - but it ended up grainy and slightly curdled-looking, and didn't set very well. I think that I didn't dissolve the castor sugar enough at the start, and that I added too much butter. I just followed the recipe, adding the entire amount of butter, but I probably should have just stopped adding butter when the frosting looked thick and lovely.
Oh well. I had no time to start again, so I just slapped the icing on, and shoved the whole thing in the fridge to (hopefully) set overnight. The next day - phew! - the icing had stayed on the cake, and looked passable. I decorated it with wicked gold buttons, to say "double happiness" (the Chinese character for marital happiness), and strew little sugar heart sprinkles over. A little OTT, yes. But it was their 30th!!
I was really worried that the icing would taste totally munting, but it tasted ok, if a little grainy, and my parents liked it. Which is the most important thing.
Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad!