well, i made my first ever two layer cake today. i wish i could say i made the entire thing from scratch, but a boxed cake was used. haha. i didn’t want to chance a dry, tasteless cake for my nephews first birthday. not to mention i was trying out a homemade whipped cream icing that uses unflavored gelatin to stabilize the whipping cream. i’d read of many people having issues with gelatin junks so i didn’t want to have to redo it if i screwed up.
one negative of using unflavored gelatin…it smells terrible! you have to heat it up then wait until it’s cooled off ,but not set, to add it to the lightly whipped cream, vanilla and powdered sugar. i was soo bummed, i did have some issues with gelatin chunks….but they weren’t bad. i think my problem was i scraped the pan and some of the gelatin had set up on the sides. live and learn i guess?
i wanted to color the icing, cause white is boring. the lil dude’s favorite color at the moment is red, well favorite as in he really focuses on red things. so i tried to see if i could get red icing, as you can see from that icing layer…at best it’s “lightish red” aka pink. i figured my brother really wouldn’t go for that so i did orange instead.
as you can see from the picture below, i’m not too much of a decorator. then again this is the first cake i have ever decorated, so i guess it’s not too bad? right?
either way, it tasted fantastic! the frosting was light and fluffy and was just sweet enough over the chocolate cake. the lil dude ate a slice the same size as mine! so he REALLY liked it. *grins*
i’m not much of a cake person, but this will definitely be how i frost cakes in the future. here’s hoping i get the use of gelatin down in the future.
oh, and there’s only one small slice left…so i guess everyone else loved it!