This white chocolate cake is definitely a crowd pleaser. Great flavor, moist cake, rich icing. I mean, there is a pound of white chocolate in the icing alone. I don’t know many people who will disagree with that.
The first time I made this cake was during The Baking Challenge that I did over the last year. There was no way that hubs and I could even try to eat the whole cake, so after cutting out a few slices I sent the majority of the cake to work with him. It was a hit! There was a little bit of cake left by the end of the day, so a co-worker took it home to share with his family. Well, his wife loved it, and they have since bought 2 of them from me! Thanks so much, guys!
This most recent cake I made for them was a birthday cake for their son. He just turned two and had a fantastic dinosaur themed party. After they sent me a picture of what they wanted the cake to look like, I couldn’t wait to get started. The cake is so simple and so much fun all at the same time.
On the night before the party, I baked the cake. After letting it cool completely, I put the layers in airtight containers to wait for morning. If you would like to see a little more on the process for baking the cake, feel free to jump over to this post and check it out!
When morning came, I headed to the kitchen to start stacking and decorating. First, I cut each of the two layers in half so I would have a four layer cake. I set the first layer on the cake stand and spread about a cup of icing on top.
2nd layer + another cup of icing3rd layer + another cup of icingFinally, the last layer!When the cake was stacked, I did a very thin dirty ice layer to seal in all of the crumbs and get a good foundation for the rest of the icing.Once the dirty ice was finished, I set the cake in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill and let the icing harden.
While the cake was in the fridge, I worked on my template for the dinosaurs. The design of the cake is super basic – a crisp layer of icing & then four dinosaur silhouettes around the edge of the cake. For my dino silhouettes, I did a quick hand drawing on cardstock, cut it out, and then traced it onto parchment paper. Once the parchment dino was ready to go, I went back to the fridge to check on the cake.
Time to ice.
I’m still trying to figure out my favorite method for icing a cake. Start with the top, start with the sides, pipe the icing on… there are so many options. I absolutely love the look of completely piped cakes, but that is a post for another day. For “smooth” icing a cake, I think this method was one of the best yet. First, I worked my way around the edge of the cake. Then, I iced the top and connected the edges. The hardest part for me is knowing when to stop trying to smooth out every little imperfection in the icing… I just want all everything to be just so perfect! It’s definitely a learning process. 😀
After icing the cake, I retrieved my parchment dino silhouette and started spacing out the placement of the dinos on the side. When I was ready, I held the parchment up to the side of the cake and lightly traced the edge with a toothpick.
I really loved how classy and simple this cake was. Sometimes we get too caught up in adding lots of bells and whistles when fresh and clean is just as beautiful! I may have to try out some more really simple designs soon.
I am sharing this post over at Fiesta Friday. You should stop by to check out a really fun party! I want to send a big thank you to everyone at Fiesta Friday for featuring my Pie Pops this week!!! Y’all are the sweetest!