Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake

This month’s Daring Bakers challenge was, as usual, a challenge. Morven of Food Art and Random Thoughts chose Dorie Greenspan’s Perfect Party Cake from Baking: From my Home to Yours. And let me tell you, it is perfect for a party. I’ve never made a layer cake. I decided to make mini-cakes. You might think this is cheating, but I think it was harder than just frosting 1 layer cake. I had 9 little cakes to frost! I was going to be taking the cake to a friend’s house and didn’t want everyone to think I was weird snapping photos of the cake once the first piece was cut. And this way, hubby could have some for himself.

I followed the directions almost exactly. I know some other DBers got daring in their flavor combinations, but I love lemon and raspberry so I stuck with it.

Here are my ingredients ready to be beaten, stirred, and shaken into a wonderful cake. I forgot to get the buttermilk out of the fridge prior to the photo shoot. Don’t worry, I did use the buttermilk in the cake!

This is what happened when I added the 2nd part of the dry ingredients. I wasn’t careful enough and flour flew everywhere. I know this picture is not the best, but it was funny. I have always been a messy baker and probably always will be.

As you can see, my cakes didn’t rise very much during their time in the oven. They were definitely done since the sides were pulling away from the pan. Based on what other DBers have said throughout the month, it seems like a lot of other people’s cakes didn’t rise much either.

To make my mini-cakes, I baked the cake as directed in two 9″ cake pans. I then used a 3″ round cookie cutter (biscuit cutter would also work here) to cut 7 three-inch rounds out of each 9″ pan. So I had 14 mini-cakes.

Then I cut each one in half horizontally with a serrated knife. I didn’t want to have 4 layers for my mini-cakes because they would have been out of proportion. And I wouldn’t have had enough for hubby to have one! So I decided to make them with 3 layers each. Thus, I got 9 mini-layer-cakes with one layer leftover to taste-test. I also got to taste-test all the scraps from cutting out the rounds. This cake is amazing. I love the texture of this cake.

I’ve recently fallen in love with Swiss buttercream. The DB Yule Log that we made in December was the first time I had ever made it and I’m in love! Don’t be intimidated by the eggs. The frosting is worth the extra effort.

As I mentioned, I used the lemon buttercream and raspberry preserves for my filling.

I definitely underestimated the amount of time it would take to decorate my mini-cakes. I found that the buttercream and preserves were very slippery and the layers slid around when I tried to frost the sides. So I decided to apply a crumb-coat of frosting first and throw them into the freezer for about 5 minutes. Then it was easier to apply the final layer of frosting. I didn’t worry about making it pretty because I knew I wanted to put coconut on the outside.

Everyone at the get together I went to loved these little guys. The texture of the cake was AMAZING. So soft and smooth. I will definitely be making this cake again.

Thanks to Morven for hosting this month. Click here for the entire recipe.

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22 Responses to “Raspberry Meringue Cookies”

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    Steph — January 16, 2009 at 1:09 am

    These are so cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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    bensbaby116 — January 16, 2009 at 1:43 am

    They’re so pretty!! I love meringues, I love raspberry, and I love chocolate… I might have to try this recipe. Thanks for posting!

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    Linds — January 16, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Those looks absolutely lovely! Great job!

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    Melissa — January 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    How pretty, pink & perfect!

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    Kristen616 — January 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Not only are they SO pretty but they look delicious! I love that flavor combination.

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    Erin — January 16, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I bet those would be great for a wedding or baby shower! They look lovely! And I bet the raspberry/dark chocolate combo tasted great!

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    Colleen — January 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    These are BEAUTIFUL!

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    Jen — January 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    These would be perfect for a baby shower. You could probably use any flavor jello in them.

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    Joelen — January 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    gorgeous pic and the flavor of raspberry and chocolate is wonderful!

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    Lori — January 19, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Those look amazing. I love that first photo, nicely done!

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    mooskietx — January 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Just looking at the picture makes me feel like i need to go to the gyms in Boston.

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    Katie — January 20, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Oh my gosh, these look INSANELY awesome!! I want one right now!!

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    Lucy — February 20, 2009 at 12:14 am

    These looks simply gorgeous! and… I have a cookie tray to make for a baby shower… my yet to born grandson. Wonder how these would look in a light blue????

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    Jen — February 20, 2009 at 1:21 am

    You could definitely use blue jello.

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    Alicia — February 20, 2009 at 3:43 am

    These are so pretty! Im having a baby shower this weekend for a baby girl and these would be perfect. Which tip did you use for the star?

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    Jen — February 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I used the really big star tip. Not sure what # it is, but it’s the same one that I used for my peppermint meringues (there’s a picture in that post).

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    creativecarryout — February 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I saw this on tastespotting and wanted to comment on how gorgeous your photo is. I’ve bookmarked your recipe too – these are beautiful and I bet delicious with that flavor combination.
    Thanks,
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

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    Jen — February 20, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks for the compliments!

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    Jennifer — February 21, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Those are so cute!!!!!!!!

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    Erin — March 3, 2009 at 2:03 pm
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    colleen — March 9, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Very good meringues… have made them several times for church since I found this recipe… they evaporate instantly ! Great also for a non wheat gluten item.

    • beantownbaker — March 9th, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

      Glad you enjoy them!

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