Keeping a secret has been the most difficult part of this challenge….. For anyone who knows me well, knows that if you need to keep a secret, then just don’t tell me. However, I think that a certain level of maturity has set into my “young” soul. I was able to keep my trap closed for the whole month while awaiting the March 30th reveal of the Daring Bakers’ Challenge. Yay!!!
Since this was my first challenge, I tried to strictly follow the recipe – no added frills or finesse. I’m not that experienced of a baker to go out on my own, veer too far from the original recipe – still lack that confidence that comes though practice, patience & time. I did, however, make two slight alterations…. The recipe called for baking two cake rounds & then gently dividing each to make 4 layers – I simply recognized my limitations & baked 3 cake rounds. Then, I was suppose to pat coconut on the top & sides of the cake – I was wrestling SOOO much with the coconut that I just put it on the top & very bottom of the cake (perfect for disguising my icing flaws!).
Overall, the whole experience was exquisite. I felt like I learned a lot and that this was a huge success. In fact, my family was surrounding me (salivating!) as I iced the cake. I made this the night before Easter & had planned to save it for the next day….. Then, the thought occurred to me – Why wait? I took a quick photo & we had cake for dinner! Life is so grand sometimes. And, we had PLENTY of cake for Easter too!!!
There are hundreds of other Daring Bakers out there who all posted on this same cake. Please take a look to see some of the AMAZING cakes my fellow bakers made: Daring Bakers’ Blogroll.
Recipe Used: PERFECT PARTY CAKE
Courtesy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking from My Home to Yours (page 250).
Thank you, Morven, for picking such a great challenge!