So, how cute is this cake?? It was for my husband’s birthday and he was out of town and I had NO IDEAS. And I kept having NO IDEAS. I had pretty much decided I was heading to the Cake Box and picking up 6 cupcakes the next day and calling it a night. But at 10pm I found a recipe that I wanted to try. I had all the ingredients. It had glowing reviews (as are many people, I am in search of the perfect white cake). When I made my girls’ 13th birthday cake (lemon, white and chocolate) I found a very strong white cake. Absolutely perfect for fondant and we all liked it. But hubby wasn’t sold. Now remember, up until last year, this is the man who wanted the straight from a box, just add water Angel Food cake – so strong is not where is heart is. So I was in search of light and airy tasting but with enough umph to hold up the fondant. I know the cake would look soooo much better if it was big. But I didn’t need big. Also when you start baking at 10pm from scratch – well, let’s just say I’m too old to pull a cake all-nighter. It also would have looked better with 2 layers of the square – but I only had one pan (and see earlier comments about lateness of hour and ingredients). But back to perfect. I love love love how it came out. I found an inspiration picture and it just fit. His favorite colors are red and blue. He is a “bird guy” and we are both from Virginia (state bird Cardinal). The cardinals are perfect. I drew them free-hand on paper, cut them out, and then I traced around them with a knife in the red fondant. Then I tweeked until they were right. If they hadn’t been right nothing else would have mattered. The tree branches and red petals are just piped free-hand with no particular plan. I added the cardinals last.
The cake was wonderfully light. And if I had had enough time to really let it cool and firm up it may have worked better, but I just popped it in the fridge with a crumb coat, threw in some hollow dowels for support and hoped for the best. The lower layer in particular sagged a bit with just the fondant. If it had been taller and I could have spread the weight of the fondant around more cake – may have been fine. I really liked the taste (and I even messed up the recipe and added 2 sticks of butter rather than 1.5). The frosting was an awesome whipped frosting. Gorgeous, light, really tasty (well except to my one child who doesn’t like whipped cream – must be a texture thing). If anyone wants the recipe – shoot me a comment and I will add it.