Coconut Cake from The Cake Blog
In preparation for Father's Day, I baked a cake from The Cake Blog that appears more suitable for Mother's Day. I don't think my dad particularly likes roses or tiny white sprinkles, but all the things that he does enjoy (e.g., pool, ping pong) would have required a rectangular cake and I prefer to make circular cakes. Something about spinning the lazy Susan while frosting a round cake is more enjoyable than drawing straight lines on a rectangular cake.
This was my first time making a "naked" cake. Here are the things I learned:
- A naked cake is great when you run out of frosting or when you decide not to perform the final step of cake-making, which is properly frosting your cake.
- My lazy-self is ecstatic that naked cakes (read: shortcuts) are en vogue. I don't plan on making clothed cakes before these go out of style.
- A dash of cream of tartar helps stabilize the Italian meringue buttercream.
- I need someone to teach me how to pipe roses. Mine aren't rose-like. In fact, they don't resemble any type of flower! I couldn't make the full batch of frosting since I only had 3 eggs, so I couldn't set aside any frosting to practice piping with. Surprisingly, the first rose I piped (the pink one at the bottom left) turned out better than all the rest, but I couldn't remember how I did it! There must be a particular angle at which I should tilt the tip. And the angle probably needs to change as I pipe. Can someone please find the mathematical equation that represents the movement of the piping tip, with respect to how hard I should squeeze the frosting during the whole process? Can't be hard - right? I'm sure there are machines at cake factories that use the equation.
- Lastly, I am not a fan of tiny white dots. I thought they would look classy, but they are conjuring up my trypophobia.
Anyway, thanks for reading. Don't forget to check out The Cake Blog for the most reliable cake recipes I've ever used.
Happy Father's Day!