A Cake for Colby and Chelsea.

When I finish a big project, like a wedding cake, I am always relieved and sad for it to be finished.  It’s funny to get attached to something like a cake.  I feel almost protective over it, like it’s another child that I’m sending off into the unknown.  What if they didn’t like it?

The cake had its own mishaps.  It almost toppled.  The bottom layer started falling apart–probably because it wasn’t a sturdy cake.  Moist and delicious?  Yes.  Sturdy?  Not quite.  I did the crumb coating around midnight on Friday, I was so tired.  Saturday morning and all the sunlight showed me that I didn’t have everything lined up.  A few layers were lopsided.  Oh, well.  That’s where to final coating of frosting saves the day.

The theme of the party was Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night.  I took a cue from Mr. Van Gogh and applied the rest of the buttercream in thick strokes.  It worked.  I think the bride liked it.

Though everyone was too full of hot chocolate and cookies, a few people ate the cake and enjoyed it.  My dad, who I thought hated coconut, told me that was his favorite layer–particularly the dulce de leche filling.  That makes it a success in my book.

If you want to make this Coconut Cake with Dulce de Leche filling, here are some links:

Coconut Cake from Martha Stewart
How to make Dulce de Leche (Doce de Leite)
Easy Version Coconut Cake
For kicks, Coconut Rum Cake
How to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream (technically Italian Meringue Buttercream)

And now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll pop into the kitchen and pull out a piece of leftover almond cake for a little afternoon snack.

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  1. Here’s the thing. True brilliance is making something someone doesn’t really care for SO good they can’t resist. I’m not a huge fan of orange (because most people don’t do it well), but that orange almond cake had me drooling like a new puppy. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, either (although I’m started to believe it may just be sweetened coconut I don’t love), but I think I might be with your dad on this one.

    By the way, my Suze is only 15. But I hope you’re still local in about 8-10 years, because I’m telling you right now, when it gets time for her wedding cake “You’re hired!”

  2. It was beautiful!! I had a piece of the pumpkin spice and it was SO delicious!! I need a piece of it every day! So proud of you for taking on this project – I know how hard to worked on getting it just right and I know everyone appreciated it!!

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