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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27 Responses to “I’m bigger than you Yeast and you will make my bread rise!”

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    Jen Yu — November 26, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    Oh yum! Those look terrific. Congratulations on a successful first challenge and welcome to the Daring Bakers. Great job 🙂

    -jen at use real butter

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    Nikki57 — November 27, 2007 at 12:04 am

    You bread looks great! Congrats on overcoming your fear of yeast.

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    Katie — November 27, 2007 at 12:06 am

    Congrats on your first challenge!! Looks great!

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    MrsPresley — November 27, 2007 at 12:42 am

    1st, congrats on your 1st DB challenge! 🙂 2nd, congrats on overcoming your fear of yeast! i recently overcame this fear and am so glad i did! 🙂

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    Michelle — November 27, 2007 at 1:05 am

    Congratulations on your 1st challenge! Your bread looks so great!

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    Gigi — November 27, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Great looking bread! Congrats on becoming a daring baker. Isn’t it fun?

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    Dori — November 27, 2007 at 2:20 am

    you’ve inspired me to get over my fear of yeast as well!

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    breadchick — November 27, 2007 at 2:27 am

    Great job on your first challenge and on overcoming your yeast fear! Welcome to Daring Bakers!

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    Chris — November 27, 2007 at 3:04 am

    Welcome to the DBs! You did a “wicked awesome” job!

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    I(dot)J — November 27, 2007 at 4:14 am

    wow.. looking at your bread really reminded me of how this first challenge was for me.

    Great looking buns.

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    Tartelette — November 27, 2007 at 5:05 am

    Bravo on your first challenge! You did fantastic! I loave how cozy the loaf looks, it must be great for sandwiches, and congrats on beating the yeast demons to a pulp this month!!

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    ostwestwind — November 27, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Wow, what a success! All looks great

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    Sheltie Girl — November 27, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    You did a wonderful job on your breads. Congratulations on your first DBer challenge!

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

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    Candace — November 27, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Nice job! Love the step by step photos!

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    ~Amber~ — November 27, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    See yeast is not as scary as you though it was, huh?
    Congratulations on your first challenge. All of your goodies look wonderful!!

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    Deborah — November 27, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    You did such a wonderful job on your first challenge!! Especially with accidentally adding the larger amount of potatoes.

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    kitten — November 27, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    I loved your step by step photos and your bread looks divine. Great job in telling the yeast who’s boss !!

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    Gretchen Noelle — November 27, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Your bread looks great. I loved your post…funny and detailed! You succeeded with using yeast – great job! Congrats on your first DB challenge!

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    Julie — November 27, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    Hey, your breads look great! Thank goodness your first challenge with us wasn’t baked yeast jello … gross. Anyway, your rolls especially look nice and tender torn in half, just crying for butter. Job well done!

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    marias23 — November 28, 2007 at 4:53 am

    Congrats on your first challenge! Carrying heavy baking ingredients lets you burn calories so you can enjoy your creations! Yippee!

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    chronicler — November 28, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Your bread turned out perfect! and the pictorial post is an added bonus! Super first challenge!

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    Gabi — November 28, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Glad you showed that yeast who is boss!
    Nice job and good for you for getting right to it!
    xoxo
    Gabi

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    Dolores — November 29, 2007 at 3:26 am

    Congratulations and welcome. It lookw from here like you successfully tamed the yeast beast! And thanks for the measuring-cup-in-the-colander tip!

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    Bev and Ollie "O" — November 29, 2007 at 11:39 am

    your bread looks great, your slashes on the loaf are so perfect!

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    Christina — December 1, 2007 at 1:33 am

    I must say, for someone who is fearful of yeast you really came out on top and produced both a stellar loaf and rolls. Great job!

    Welcome to the DBers!

    Christina ~ She Runs, She Eats

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    creampuff — December 2, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    What a success story! From the storm to conquering of yeast … you did it all! Way to go on your first challenge!

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    Claire — December 3, 2007 at 12:24 am

    This dough looks like it makes a REALLY good loaf. Welcome to DB’s! Nice job.

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