Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Birthday Cake for Dave! And Irish Car Bombs for Me!

It's become sort of a tradition for me to try to perfect Dave's birthday cake of choice - Mandarin Orange filled cake. Last year I went with wilton's butter cake and butter cream recipe, but it was dry and not so good. This year I tried out the ATK Fluffy Yellow Layer Cake, and the cake was wonderful! I used my basic buttercream to ice it, but thinned it out to make it more of a glaze and filled the middle with mandarin orange segments.
I was prepared to decorate this with twigs of orange blossoms, but thanks to my sister taking me for drinks to celebrate my birthday, I was not capable of decorating the cake...
So here is the recipe for the Fluffy Yellow Layer Cake courtesy of ATK
Makes two 9-inch cake layers
2 1/2 cups cake flour , plus extra for dusting pans
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1 3/4 cups sugar (12 1/4 ounces)
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter , melted and cooled slightly
1 cup buttermilk , room temperature
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 large egg yolks , room temperature
3 large egg whites , room temperature
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9-inch-wide by 2-inch-high round cake pans and line bottoms with parchment paper. Grease paper rounds, dust pans with flour, and knock out excess. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1 1/2 cups sugar together in large bowl. In 4-cup liquid measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and yolks.
2. In clean bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat egg whites at medium-high speed until foamy, about 30 seconds. With machine running, gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar; continue to beat until stiff peaks just form, 30 to 60 seconds (whites should hold peak but mixture should appear moist). Transfer to bowl and set aside.
3. Add flour mixture to now-empty mixing bowl fitted with whisk attachment. With mixer running at low speed, gradually pour in butter mixture and mix until almost incorporated (a few streaks of dry flour will remain), about 15 seconds. Stop mixer and scrape whisk and sides of bowl. Return mixer to medium-low speed and beat until smooth and fully incorporated, 10 to 15 seconds.
4. Using rubber spatula, stir 1/3 of whites into batter to lighten, then add remaining whites and gently fold into batter until no white streaks remain. Divide batter evenly between prepared cake pans. Lightly tap pans against counter 2 or 3 times to dislodge any large air bubbles.
5. Bake until cake layers begin to pull away from sides of pans and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen cakes from sides of pans with small knife, then invert onto greased wire rack and peel off parchment. Invert cakes again and cool completely on rack, about 1 1/2 hours.

And here is the drinking that led to the not-exactly-as-planned decorating....
Irish Car Bomb, recipe from Katie!
1 pint Guiness
1/2 shot Bailey's Irish Creme
1/2 shot Irish Whiskey
Drop the shot in the beer and chug. Repeat...


Kristine Kascak said...

Car bombs...good. You think we can do them at Mom's party

Anonymous said...

Your cake looks great! I love the cookies on top.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha! LOVE the car bomb pics. And your cake looks fabulous. :)

Liv said...

OMG, I just wanted to scream at you "don't do it, Ash" when I saw the car bomb shots! hahaha Brings back memories of one bad St. Patty's Day...yikes.

But for realz...I heart those sugar cookies! They are FAMOUS!

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