May. 2nd, 2010

hey, cake!

May. 2nd, 2010 01:39 pm
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I made a cake for DV_Girl's birthday. (Happy birthday, DV_Girl. :) )

The cake and the frosting are pre-made mixes, but I augmented them a bit in order to produce what you see here. Aside from the obvious color modification to the white cake mix, I added vanilla to both it and the icing, and melted a bar of white chocolate into the cake mix. I also dissolved and condensed the colored sugar crystals on top of the cake (I have tons of these left over).

The icing coloration was a last-minute decision; I made half of it pink, half light blue, and just spread it on randomly. I imagined it would go purple where it mixed, but the colors seem to clash with each other without actually blending, in an interesting way.

There isn't any trick to getting the swirls and stuff in the cake. You just mix up different colors of cake batter, and drop them into the pans and let them settle wherever they care to. It's thick enough that the colors don't mix. I feel I went too dark on the purple batter, so that it ended up a kind of wine color (the blue coloring isn't the most vivid, I'm afraid) , but otherwise I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

I figured it would take a couple of hours, but between fine-tuning it and having to do everything by hand, I ended up spending about seven hours on it.


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