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funky frilly frosting (and a chocolate raspberry cake)

In challenge on April 9, 2013 at 11:39 pm

i spent three (glorious) days working on this little beauty:

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it’s a chocolate layer cake with raspberry filling and raspberry-chocolate frosting.

mhmm!

this is probably the fanciest – and by that i mean most elaborate – cake i’ve ever put together.

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it had two (chambord-soaked) layers (for a while i thought about going for three, but it just looked out of proportion)

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and jelly filling

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and a “crumb coat” (that’s when you frost a first layer to seal in the crumbs, chill it, then frost it again to look fancy)

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(don’t forget to tuck wax paper under it to keep the plate clean. and definitely don’t forget to remove it when you’re done!)

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and it had ruffle icing.

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originally, i had wanted to do a rustic rose frosting like this one here, but it turns out – thank goodness i decided to do a test rose – that i didn’t have the right size/shape tip for my piping bag.

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plan change! for the ruffles, use a long skinny tip (similar to absolutely none of the tips shown here, but how cool to know what they all do?!)

hold the piping bag at about a 35-40 degree angle from the cake, and starting at the bottom, work your way up, squeezing evenly, and going back and forth. they can be as wide or as narrow as you’d like.

on the next ruffle column, make sure you touch each fold to the fold next to it <– that will make sense when you’re doing it.

and my cake had a chocolate “A” on top and chocolate plate-writing like a fancy restaurant.

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(although i decided i didn’t like the squiggles. they were easily removed.)

did i mention it was only four and a half inches in diameter?

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i hope you had a lovely birthday, ms anne!

devil’s food cake and chocolate buttercream recipes from the king arthur baker’s companion. twists and turns and adaptations from my imagination.

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  1. GORGEOUS!!!!

  2. This was by far the best birthday cake I have had! It’s going to ruin me for life :). Thanks very much to a great baker, writer, and friend for adding something so special to my day.

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