Happy Anniversary to Mum & Dad!

3/11/2007 11:26:00 AM

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!

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  1. Happy Anniversay to Mum and Dad!

    Your cake looks very pretty, all heart speckled :)


  2. Happy Anniversary to your parents!!
    That's a beautiful cake, and I can see you love them a lot -- to use all those gold buttons ;).
    Very nice!

  3. Anonymous11:23 AM

    What a gorgeous way to say "Happy Anniversary"! Well done!

  4. happy anniversary to your mum and dad, Sarah.

    love the idea of marking out the "double happiness" word with the gold buttons!!


  5. Happy Anniversary to the Parents of one talented chef!!
    It looks delicious!

    I had a similar icing problem last weekend involving 100 cupcakes... Alas, they still proved to be a success and didnt last long!

  6. By the way, congrats on the mention in the Herald Sun! Now you have made it!

  7. Sarah, that sponge looks soo lovely! And I wouldn't have noticed anything wrong with the frosting either ;) I bet it was really delicious. Happy anniversary to your parents!



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