For Husband’s birthday, I made him a dark chocolate cake with orange-flavored buttercream. This time I made the buttercream recipe that was passed along to me from a friend (thank you, Jen!!) and was exactly the style of buttercream that I was hoping for when I made my daughter’s birthday cake (and that frosting wasn’t). This buttercream is delicious and frothy and white and sugary and has a lovely satisfying crunchy crust. And with the orange flavoring, it was divine.
I did not, however, do nearly as good of a job on the decoration of the cake. ::sigh:: I am such a perfectionist, and when I envision something in my head, it kind of stings when it doesn’t come out right in reality. I have a LOT to learn when it comes to cake decorating, so the chances are pretty good that my cakes are going to look very amateurish… And that was definitely the case this time. Not only did I have a more basic fail in the baking of the cake (expired baking powder! I should have known better!!!), but the decorating leaves a lot to be desired. There are no do-overs with white frosting and bright green piping!
But I’m showing it here because 1) I want to make it perfectly clear that my projects do not come out well every time! and 2) the idea was fun. It was Husband’s idea, really, to have the gaming dice on the top of the cake to add to his birthday year.
Multi-sided dice are hard to draw! I practiced a ton on scraps of paper, but even so, they came out a bit wonky. I have a new level of appreciation for the precise piping that professional decorators do on their cakes! I just cut the barest tip off of the corner of the zip-top bag I used to pipe the words and drawings. I also played with one of the other fancy tips that came in the package I purchased when I did my daughter’s cake to do the border.
Practice makes perfect, right? I’ll just have to make a lot more cakes! 😉