I have to admit that I don’t enjoy decorating cakes. I love to bake but not to spend hours decorating one fancy cake that is usually gone within a few minutes. neither do I have the time nor the patience to create a little masterpiece. But twice a year I leave my comfort zone and try to make beautiful birthday cakes for our children… and every year, in the middle of the night still fiddling around with the deco I swear it’ll be my last cake. But making their cakes is my special birthday tradition and makes them very happy, which in turn makes me very happy.
In the past, I have made numerous princess castle cakes, a ninja cake, an extremely awesome pirate treasure chest cake (this really was a masterpiece) and last year, totally underestimating the time it takes to cut a gazillion little squares from coloured icing, a “Minecraft” cake for Ben.
I have always been told to add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture when baking. But I have never questioned why. So recently, I’ve looked it up and found the following: The dry ingredients are lighter, less dense, and less viscous than the wet, which means they’ll have a tendency to float on top of the wet. The dry ingredients that come in contact with the wet will form a sort-of skin, preventing the wet from distributing throughout the dry. You end up with clumps of dry, unmixed, and (ultimately) uncooked dry ingredients. Pouring wet into dry forces agitation and more uniform distribution.
Decorate the cake to your liking. For the Minecraft cake I had to double the amount of batter, used a large rectangular baking pan, cut out large squares and layered them until I had the shape of a cube.
Firstly, I colored white icing to get 6 different colors, three different greens, light brown and grey. For the squares, I made myself a template, covered it with wax paper, rolled out the colored icing and cut it into squares.
Doesn’t sound too hard, was´t too hard but took a VERY long time!! So be prepared to enjoy a glass of wine while you´re at it and put on our favorite music… and have a friend over to help and chat with you!
My cake wasn’t decorated perfectly, but it sure made a huge impression on the kids and they were talking about the coolest cake ever for a very ling time.