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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12 Responses to “Spiced Caramel Apple Pie”

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    amanda @ fake ginger — October 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I think I use my apple corer once a month but the time it saves me is so worth storing it!

    The pie looks beyond delicious. I haven’t been feeling apple desserts this year but this is one I could get into.

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    Sarah — October 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I am making Thanksgiving dinner for the first time this year and I think this pie is definitely going to make it to my table!

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    Jen — October 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    This pie would def be great for Thanksgiving dinner Sarah!

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    Cara! — October 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    This pie looks incredible! My husband loves apple pie and I am planning on making this for him!

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    Boston Food Diary — October 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Um seriously-this looks ridiculous! I always think that my moms apple pie is the best but…

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    Megan — October 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of apple pie (I make it for a certain someone I live with), but an apple pie with a crisp-like topping and spiced filling is one I could definitely get behind.

    And I seriously want one of theose peeler/corer/slicer things. Every year I go to Freeport and inevitably someone in LL Bean is demo-ing one.

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    Alisa — October 16, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Now that’s a delicious apple pie!I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won’t mind I’d love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget at the end of this post and it’s all set, Thanks!

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    newlywed — October 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Looks delcious! I love my apple peeler/corer/slicer machine. I use it for crisps, apple cakes, applesauce, etc. My husband packs my lunch too…it is nice to be spoiled!

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    becksterslaboratory — October 17, 2010 at 12:35 am

    We LOVE apple desserts in our house…I’ve bookmarked this delicious looking pie and will try it soon! : )

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    tobiascooks! — October 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Beautiful treat. Look so yummy.

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    nutmegnanny — October 21, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Ok it’s been decided….I’m making this for Thanksgiving! Amazing!!!

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    Eliana — October 21, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    What an awesome twist on apple pie! It looks stellar Jen. Bravo!

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