You might have read about my aversion to boxed cake mixes. In fact, I've probably touted my faith in the made from scratch cake in about 80 of my posts. I just don't like cake mixes and I feel like it's a failure to make one. Yes, I judge you that harshly if you buy a cake mix, a brownie mix, or GOD HELP ME, those cookie mixes in a a tube that you just slice. I can still be friends with you, but I can't get past that little flaw. Sorry. It doesn't take much more time to make a cake from scratch than it does to buy the mix, get the eggs, oil and water, mix them and put them in baking pans. It's the same mess either way.
But, I also explained in this post, that I am bad yellow/white cake maker when I make them from scratch. I can't explain my issue other than they are heavy and not great. I've tried a variety of recipes and a variety of oils and still, they just suck. I can make a chocolate cake like it's my job, but not yellow or white from scratch.
Enter my brilliant idea to make a cake to celebrate 5 years of my French group, Table Française. I didn't want to buy a store bought cake because those from the grocery store are even more foul tasting to me than what I can make. I find them very salty. Anyone else? I didn't want to spend crazy money on professional cakes, so I decided to make my own.
When you bake it, it looks kind of gross on the outside, but as you slice it, it has lovely colors. I don't love the outside of the cake, seen here, but it wasn't about me, it was about our 5 year anniversary, right?
I broke so many rules that night, I think they cancelled each other out and it's a draw but I could not completely cave and buy canned frosting, so I made a lard/powdered sugar delight with a touch of mint. Sadly, no amount of red dye would give me actual red, so as I look at it now, it looks more like a baby shower cake with pinks and blues.
Given that the average age of this group is about 75, they probably had no clue that I was trying to be cute and do red, white and blue for the French flag. They probably thought i thought it was pretty to do pink and blue. I think they find me to be a little on the bizarre side anyway. No wait, I find THEM to be the bizarre ones. Anyway...
It tasted... like a boxed cake, but it fit the need and all were pleased. The pictures I took of what the slices looked like didn't come out, so this is all I have.