My husband, Adam, is always telling me I need to get more hobbies besides watching Netflix and taking naps. He is a man of many hobbies and always has some sort of project going on. When I came across Cake by Courtney on Instagram, I thought her cakes looked fun. I followed her for a while before I started looking for an excuse to try a cake. My opportunity came up when my sister said she was going to have a little party for my nephew so I asked her if I could try making a cake. The party got a little bigger so I was able to try out two cakes!
My sister said she wanted a chocolate cake and so I did a trial run just to make sure I could make something worth eating. It turned out OK but I thought it was a little bit dry so I think I overcooked it. When I made it for real a few weeks later, I think it turned out better.
You can see that my frosting skills still have a long way to go but it looks alright and I’m happy with that as long as the cake tastes good. I ended up buying some tools to help make the process a little easier like pre-cut parchment paper, the spinning cake stand and the frosting scraper. I would still like to buy the plastic discs you can put on top of the cake while you frost. Courtney talks all about it on her website. Her recipes are actually really easy to follow especially for someone like me who is at the very beginner stage. She gives lots of tips and tricks. This cake is the high altitude friendly chocolate cake with the chocolate buttercream frosting.
For my niece’s cake, my brother kind of gave me the free reign to pick what I wanted. I knew as soon as Courtney posted about her Golden Grahams Cake that I wanted to try that one. I read the recipe and it looked like one I could try. I tried to bake the cake a few days before the party and this is how it turned out.
I thought it was cooked and it looked cooked but when I went to take it off the rack from cooling, it had literally dripped batter out of the cake. Not cooked at all! I was really glad I had started the process early.
Luckily when I tried it again the night before the party, things went a lot better. I made sure to cook them longer and it went pretty great. I did the cake the night before and then assembled and frosted the cake in the morning.
For some reason, I had a harder time with the buttercream on this cake than I did with the chocolate. I just couldn’t seem to get it very smooth but I know that I just need to practice more.
Overall, I was really happy with the cakes because they tasted great. You would never think of making a cake based on cereal but it was so good! I got a lot of compliments on it too. They may not be perfectly frosted but I had a lot of fun doing it and I think that’s what counts. Now I’m just looking for another reason to try a new cake! Courtney has so many fun looking cakes on her website so you need to check it out and let me know if you try any!