Monday, March 30, 2009

My First cake!

Ok, this isn't the first cake I've ever made but it's the first one I've made since I decided to become a pastry chef. I made this cake for my boyfriends birthday last Saturday. I spent all the night before make the 3D chess pieces and board with candy molds. I had never used molds before so it was a bit of trial and error. Everyone thought I had hand carved the pieces lol Saturday morning I started working on the cake. The checkerboard cake pans made thing go pretty smooth. While I was waiting for my cake layers to bake I started making whole wheat pita bread from a recipe out of my Cooking Light magazine. They turned out very well. Great taste and very fluffy :) Assembling the cake was fun and easy as well. I felt like I was on one of the cake decorating shows I watch and new without a doubt that this is absolutely what I want to do the rest of my working life! It was also my first time piping a design besides names too. I definitely need to practice that some more as well. When everything was iced I placed the checkerboard chocolate pieces on top and popped it in the fridge until it was time to go. The molded chocolate pieces were very sensitive to warmth. Just in the time it took to place the pieces on the cake they started getting soft.
That night I took the cake over to my boyfriends house and when his parents got home I made him go in the other room while I set it up. When I was finished they all stood there in amazement. That was by far my favorite part of making the cake or anything I make for people. They were surprised once again to find that even the inside was checkerboard! Everyone loved it's looks and its taste which was a butter cake with dark chocolate. It was very tasty and I was very pleased with all of it. I also made snickerdoodles from a Martha Stewart recipe for my boyfriend's twin brother. He obviously enjoyed those as well since half the plate was gone by the time I left.
I had a great weekend baking and can't wait to learn more and try new things! I'm finally going to school to learn this stuff this fall. My birthday's this Sunday but I don't think I'll be making my own cake. Hope everyone had a good weekend as well. Take care!