Back to basics…

Chugging along on this cake project… and making the most of motivation while it lasts! Today I returned to the cake itself, minus the fancy decorations- the vanilla base, simple syrup, and buttercream, while working on a little side experiment (groom’s cake stuff). So here was my to-do list:

  • Taste test the from-scratch wedding cake
  • Make a batch of buttercream
  • Make simple syrup
  • Dye white chocolate chips blue (for Groom’s cake)
  • Outline plan for the Groom’s cake

I completed the first four, still working on the last one. I made a small two-layer 6″ diameter test cake from a recipe found in a wedding book, and was disappointed by the lack of aroma while baking, plus the dry-look of it as it came out. So I left it wrapped in the fridge… but was pushed to shed my defeatist attitude and just taste test it. To my surprise, it was pretty tasty, although a bit on the dry-crumbly side.


Anyways, I followed the next steps in prepping to get some practice in, knowing that this may very well have to be done to a cake more than twice the diameter of this one!

Next- Leveling and trimming the cake:


Since it was relatively dry, I added the moistening syrup as recommended in the cake book… then brought on the buttercream. Here are some photos that I took during the process, since I’m always referring to this buttercream-meringue process all the time.

Interlude: the buttercream…


Part 1: 3 egg whites, 2.5 sticks softened butter, and a stand mixer


Part 2: 1/4 c. Light Corn Syrup, 1/2 C. white sugar, and a pot on the stove


Combine corn syrup and sugar in pot…


Heat until you see bubbles break the surface…

Meanwhile…. Beat your egg whites until white and frothy… and slowly add the hot sugar mixture a little at a time into egg whites while the mixer is on… it should start looking opaque….


Run your mixer until the bowl feels cool to the touch. Then cube up the 2.5 sticks of butter and add a tablespoon at a time. Voila! Buttercream to die for.

…Sad, I’ve memorized the recipe.

Back to cake…


Layer one… crumb layer and then filling to follow…


Second layer added…


And done… back to the fridge to chill. Tomorrow we shall fondant… take 2. Whew. Enough for a Wed. night!


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