Oh my gosh you guys. I said earlier I was going to decorate my first cake this weekend, and I did. Yesterday I finished decorating it and I have been all smiles since. It was SO much fun to do and it's just so so great.
I said I needed a purpose for a cake, and thanks to my boyfriend Josh, I had one. One of his buddies had a baby last week, so I made them a cake. I have never met these friends, so I am going to be the weird girl who gives them a cake, haha. Poor them, having to be the guinea pigs for my first cake.
Be prepared...this entry is going to be pretty photo heavy.
I started off using just the yellow cake mix. This time, since I was going to have to get this whole thing out of the pan, I used my teachers recipe for a cake release.
|This was made up of Crisco and flour...a lot of it. Wilton sells a cake release for about $5, so this is a cheaper version and apparently better than just using spray.|
|I got it out of the pan! I held my breath when I flipped it out. I was so nervous it would stick or fall apart. Sigh of relief!|
|Not that great of a picture, but it was nice and fluffy!|
|The top half|
|Sliding the top layer back on was also pretty terrifying. the top did crack but the frosting in the middle held it together (and once the whole thing was frosted, no one would know anyways)|
Wilton Tip #789 is going to be your best friend! It helps you frost the sides in one nice swoop. I found mine at Crafts Direct for under $4.
|The tip allows you to do smooth or textured lines|
|I decided to go with the textured look and it was so effortless. That tip is fool proof!|
|Doing the color that way allowed me to get just a streak of blue in every flower, I was really happy with how the color came out.|
|I went around the top and sides and did the same piping technique|
|All the border work done!|
|If you dip it in the water and go over the top, it easily smooths everything out.|
|All smooth and ready to decorate! (yikes!)|
|"Welcome Baby Dylan" It was actually pretty legible!|
|Yes...that is a football...not a brown lemon...|
|I added some grass.|
|So happy!! The only thing that could have brought me down is if my cake would have slid off the board!|
*Also, to answer some additional questions:
I let my cake cool overnight before I cut it in half and frosted it.
The cake cooled in the pan for 3 minutes before I flipped it out.
As long as the cake is completely cool to the touch, you are safe to frost and cut it!
The tips I used for piping were (all Wilton): 18, 2, and 789