I’m elbow deep in a cake project right now, practicing for my son’s birthday party.
I’m one of those moms. I love planning birthday parties for my children. Let’s just say I go the extra mile. Nothing worthy of a TLC show, but I try to consider the details. Handmade invitations are a must. And then there’s the cake.
I insist on making the cake. I avoid party packages including them and have negotiated special permission to bring my own cake to parties in places (like the Atlanta Botanical Garden) that require the use of a caterer.
It’s a daunting task. Admittedly, I tend to design cakes beyond my ability, which is why I practice. I make every cake twice. This allows me to assess structure and modify the design before it’s too late.
Earlier this summer when I interviewed pastry chef Heather Hurlbert about her new shop HH Desserts, we strategized about the cake I’m working on now. She was surprised to learn that I practice each cake in advance. Surely I’m not the only one?
A few years back I attempted my first topsy-turvy cake. I was pleased with the outcome until I woke up the next morning to heaps of broken cake lining the counter. Imagine if that had been the day of the party!
So, tell me I’m not alone. Does anyone else practice their cakes before a party?
And now I’m off the complete Super Mario’s head and hat on the practice cake before I start the real one tomorrow.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog