Saturday, July 23, 2011
Yellow and Grey
I've been wanting to do this design for awhile. I saw a picture on The TomKat Studio's site.
The cake itself is my cinnamon cake. I'm still testing that recipe. I think I've got it now. This version was moist, tender, and full of cinnamon flavor. Yum! I paired it (again) with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream, this time colored yellow. The coloring of the Swiss meringue was another stumbling block that I hit with this cake! The SMBC is a little harder to work with when it is so hot and humid out. I made it and it came together beautifully. But when I tried to color it, the color just wouldn't take! After adding quite a bit of the Wilton lemon yellow color, it still looked just off-white, with bright yellow around the edges. I let it sit overnight in the frig. to firm up and in the morning it was still off-white. I stirred the extra, which was by now pretty yellow, but streaky, and added another thin coat to the cakes. This is why now they are yellow but a little bit splotchy and not quite as smooth as I had it at first. I guess I need more practice! And, this was a learning process. Next time, I will try using oil-based candy colors with my SMBC instead to see if that helps. I will also let the buttercream sit at room temperature for awhile to take on the color before frosting the cake. Hopefully those tricks will help!
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this cake! Thanks for stopping by!