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first professional cake and cake balls

I made my first cake for a real event – meaning, not a friend’s party, but a professional one. I’m an event planner for our college and we’re always buying cakes, but my boss said if I’d like to practice decorating, I can make them. I made this one over the weekend.

Cake decorating is not for the faint of heart. Because of a few mishaps, this took a long time. And I held my breath through the entire spelling of “Congratulations.” Then I became lightheaded.

I used a frosting recipe found here. It was a perfect recipe and a major reason for the success of the cake. It was easy to work with and didn’t melt.

The cake was another story. I really am an amateur at boxed cake mixes. They have a mind of their own and defy all laws of baking. The yellow cake had pudding in it, which I completely recommend against. It undercooked, but only in a particular spot. I didn’t notice until I cut off the top of the layer. I put it back in the over for at least 20 minutes, where I risked drying out the rest of the cake. Once baked and cooled, the yellow cake created this weird film (similar to stuff found in pudding) and it stuck to everything, including wax paper. Boxed cake mixes are 1. disgusting and 2. always have holes in the cake (what is with that?).

Maybe I’m just annoyed because I broke a layer. The boyfriend heard me pouting over the broken cake and quickly came over to take a slice, thanking the cake gods for this fortuitous event.

I used the broken layer to make cake balls.

Recipe via Bakerella. I’ve made these tons of times and the experience has paid off. This is probably the prettiest batch. I would really like to find a substitute for the can of frosting you add to these. Any suggestions?

cake ball

It was a marble cake, which looks more chocolate once crumbled and mixed.

Oh, and the cake was a hit. The boxed cake recipe and frosting made a delicious combination. I’m pretty sure no one noticed it was “homemade.”

the weekender 09/10/10

Good Morning. I hope everyone does something fun this weekend. It’s well worth it.

Here is some food porn to make you wish you weren’t on that diet: 15 Desserts that Could Replace the Trendy Cupcake.

These are Bakerella’s famous Cake Pops (not credited on site, or at least, I couldn’t find it.) These are the first in a line of crazy cake pops that she’s done. They’re incredibly hard to make. Mine turned out more like cake lumps, but I’m going to try them again.

Apartment Therapy has me wishing I lived under the sea with more marine life art.

Really, it took a lot of effort not to add the giant octopus triptych print as the main photo. Because, I don’t want to be that girl. But you should really check it out. However, the jellyfish is equally stunning.

Here are some old photos of the All-American Cowgirl. My favorite is this cowgirl fashion one.

via Flavorwire.

Before I depart on a Friday filled with work, then fun, I’d like to share this Zen Habits post on The Brief Guide to Life. I’ve been reading it every day. Zen Habits is one of my favorite blogs. This is copied from the site:

the brief guide

less TV, more reading
less shopping, more outdoors
less clutter, more space
less rush, more slowness
less consuming, more creating
less junk, more real food
less busywork, more impact
less driving, more walking
less noise, more solitude
less focus on the future, more on the present
less work, more play
less worry, more smiles

Happy weekend, all. I’m going camping for a birthday and celebrating my friend’s cancer-free body. I hope everyone finds something fantastic to laugh at.