DB#17 or Let's Party!
There's this song by The Divine Comedy that has played in my head all month since the Daring Bakers March challenge was posted by our lovely hostess Morven.
Give me your love
And I'll give you the perfect lovesong
With a divine Beatles bassline
And a big old Beach Boys sound
The song goes on (check it out on the right bar if you're curious), very cheesy and full of (beaten) love sentences. After all every love song is suppose to be a bit silly or it's not real love!! But why would I remember that whilst reading the DBs challenge? Because it's the Perfect Party Cake by Dorie Greenspan! So give me your attention and I'll give your the perfect party cake recipe. ;)
My thoughts on the challenge:
- I love individual savoury pies, sweet tarts or little cakes. Even when a bake bread I always end up doing two loafs instead of one or a bunch of buns in place of a loaf... I don't have an explanation for this. It's easier for me to plan 3 dozen tarts than to bake a large cake! So with the excuse that I don't own a couple of large pans that match, I've baked 16 little cakes using my muffin tins.
- What type of flour to use was one of the discussions going on during the month. I used cake flour. The cakes didn't rise a lot but enough to create four-layer individual cakes that turned out lovely.
- I've used a couple of tablespoons of lavender to flavour the sugar I used for the cakes and the buttercream (1/2 recipe), discarded the lemon zest for the cakes and added only half the quantity of lemon juice to the buttercream. I also had the coconut with the lavender for some time before sprinkling the cakes.
- As I assembled the cakes in two different days, first I used chopped strawberries in a light lavender syrup with buttercream and shredded coconut and for the second 'batch', I used strawberry jam and fresh strawberries with whipped cream and mascarpone cheese. Both takes were very nice but I really loved the fresh fruit between the layers.
- I kept the cakes (without filling) in an airtight container for a couple of days.