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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31 Responses to “Daring Bakers POP! (Dairy-free cheesecake pops with recipe)”

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    HoneyB — April 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Wow, these look great! Kudos for your success at another baking first!

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    Mcwhisky — April 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Your cheesecake pops looked clean-cut. Perfect cubes and they really look good in cubes! Nicely coated!! Unlike mine, lol.

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    Marye — April 27, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    The squares look great.
    bakingdelights.com

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    BC — April 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Mine had footprints.. and finger prints from the pint sized assistant!

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    Susan — April 27, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Wow, your shapes are so clean and perfect. Very nice job!

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    landa — April 27, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Everything looks so perfect. Great job

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    Annemarie — April 27, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Well done in getting them dairy-free. I don’t have access to Tofutti in the UK and have had to go for the whole-dairy version, which I have to take a lactaid just to look at. Yours are lov-er-ly looking.

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    Bumblebutton — April 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Perfect geometrics! Nice job–and glad you enjoyed them with the extra, dairy-free challenges.

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    sterling — April 27, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I love how perfectly cut those are – well done!
    My first batch of pops I coated by microwaving the chocolate, I think I am going to try it over the water like you did, to try to get a more consistent coating this time – they’re just in the freezer now…

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    C.L. — April 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    These turned out beautifully..they are such clean lines! Very nice!

    Carrie

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    Jaime — April 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    your pops look so perfect! i wish my cheesecake had been that firm! congrats on adapting the recipe to suit your needs 🙂

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    Jen Yu — April 27, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Aw, bummer about the lactose intolerance (I too have lactose issues normally). I’m so glad you could figure a way around it and isn’t the new DB site awesome?! 🙂 Your pops turned out beautifully! Great job.

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    Maggie — April 27, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Wow! Did you cut your squares with a knife or dental floss? They are really pretty and precise looking! I’m glad the soymilk/margarine substitute worked for you.

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    Amy J. — April 27, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Awesome. I love your squares!

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    Jenny — April 27, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I really love the square pops, they are so elegant. Thanks for the tips on dairy-free pops!

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    Jen — April 27, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Maggie, I used a knife to cut my shapes.

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    Candace — April 28, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Great job! I did squares too.

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    Gail — April 28, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Congratulations on your lactose-free pops. I love their cute little square shape!

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    StickyGooeyCreamyChewy — April 28, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Your pops are adorable! I was so happy to see a dairy free version. My little nephews are on a dairy free diet. This is a perfect treat for them. Thanks!

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    L Vanel — April 28, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Great looking pops and a nice adapation of the recipe.

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    ~Amber~ — April 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Ooo I love the squares and triangles. Very cute. Congratulations on completing the challenge and being able to adapt it to something you can enjoy!

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    moowiesqrd — April 28, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I love the square pops! I’m also lactose intolerant, but I admit to loving dairy too much to give it up. Lactaid is my friend!

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    Deborah — April 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Your squares are absolutely perfect!! Great job on this challenge – especially with adapting it so that you could enjoy it!

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    Dolores — April 29, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Love your geometric cheesecake pop shapes. I wish my cheesecake had been firm enough to try that approach. I may try tofutti next time…

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    Lunch Buckets — April 29, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Gorgeous cube pops! They remind me of those chocolate See’s suckers 🙂

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    SweetDesigns — April 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    woot!! Cute little square pops 😉 they look wonderful, and so perfect..soo very perfect lol

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    Barbara — April 30, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Your pops look wonderful!

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    Jigginjessica — May 3, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Wow! Your pops look awesome. Does it taste like real cheesecake with your toffuti substitute.

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    marion-il en faut peu pour ... — May 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    perfect squares 🙂 I love them !
    Great job ! congrats !

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    vertigoxcured — August 21, 2009 at 1:00 am

    i know this post is old but i was wondering if you could share the orginal recipe that isnt dairy free? my email is vertigoxcured@gmail.com

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    Keith — November 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    They look and sound great! I will have to try these out.

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