Perfect Party Cake: Dorie And The Daring Bakers

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Party Cake-Copyright Tartelette 2008 It was bound to happen that one of these days the Daring Bakers would tackle a Dorie Greenspan recipe. Her last volume, Baking From My Home To Yours is filled with delightful, well written and fail proof desserts, pastries and treats. I had my share of baking from her book and I was delighted when Morven, our host for March announced that we would all be making her Perfect Party Cake. I have made it several times this year for different birthday parties and occasions and I have fallen in love with the textures and tastes of both the cake and the buttercream. I believe it has become the cake I use the most for building tiered cakes or "party cakes".

Since I always make it according to the person's wishes when he/she orders, I rarely get the chance to play around with the decorations or flavors. Not this time! Boy, did I have a blast with this one! It's been a while since I selfishly made a cake with all the ingredients that I like. I appreciate that we could take liberties from the original recipe and add our own touch with the fillings, shapes and decorations for this Perfect Party Cake.
There was no special occasion in sight when I made the cake at the beginning of the month, so I went for four 4 inches round ones rather than one large one. That became of a great advantage when my neighbor decided to host an impromptu birthday party for her twins' little friends, twins also this afternoon. All I had to do was thaw the filled cakes and the buttercream last night and decorate this morning. The two different cakes pictured in this post were made earlier this month but I kept the same decorating idea for the twin girls. Perfectly girly and yet different enough that they would each have their own. Worked like a charm!!

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I love (small word) rhubarb and when I saw the perfect red stalks making an appearance on the market shelves earlier this month, I bought a whopping 10 pounds of them and made preserves to be used in different desserts throughout the year. The original recipe for the Perfect Party Cake uses raspberry as the filling in the cake layers but I could not resist using the fresh rhubarb jam I had just made. That was until B. got word of my plan and gave me the "I don't like rhubarb" story all over again. Either he bit into a raw stalk one time or I just don't get it....with plenty of sugar rhubarb is just heaven to me. Must be his aversion to shreds and strands, but I'' go back to that later. I hesitated for a minute and then remembered the jar of Chocolate and Raspberry jam that Guillemette had sent me along with the pink praline and that I was saving for a special occasion. The Daring Bakers' monthly post is a special occasion so there you go! We had the perfect "His and Hers Perfect Party Cake"

The other little flavor playing around that I did was to replace the lemon zest in the cake batter and the lemon juice in the cake buttercream with Meyer lemon zest and Meyer lemon juice. It was a nice and subtle citrus addition, milder than regular lemon enhancing the rhubarb and chocolate-raspberry without being bitter or harsh. For the tops of the cake, I parted from Dorie's recipe once more as she uses grated coconut to decorate the cake and I live with an anti coconut husband. It is not so much the flavor but once again it is the consistency "all those shreds!"...ah well, honey you are in for a rude life with me....but once I got started with the chocolate I made enough for two cakes, so no coconut for me either (that gives me the excuse to make the cake again!). The chocolate shavings are white chocolate and pink tinted white chocolate melted and swirled together on a slab, left to cool and then scraped to obtain shavings.

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As you can see I love dots, polka dots, mini dots, big dots...more dots! I made a batch of small macarons, some pink, some red, some swirled for one cake and with the other I tinted the buttercream and used a large and a small plain tip to pipe dots. The macarons went on the rhubarb cake and the dots on the chocolate-raspberry one, happy happy!!! Now that I think about it I bet that a rose flavored buttercream would have been great with the rhubarb. Again, there is always next time!!
Thank you Lisa and Ivonne for the tremendous work you do each month to keep this group going! Thanks again Morven for a great time in the kitchen! Please check out all the other Daring Bakers' creations.

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Perfect Party Cake, adapted from Dorie Greenspan:

Printable Recipe

For the Cake:
2 1/4 cups cake flour (1 cup cake flour = 1 cup all purpose - 2 Tbs)
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups whole buttermilk
4 large egg whites
1 ½ cups sugar
2 teaspoons grated Meyer lemon zest
1 stick (8 tablespoons or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ teaspoon pure lemon extract

For the Buttercream:
1 cup sugar
4 large egg whites
3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup fresh Meyer lemon juice

For Finishing:
1/2 cup seedless chocolate - raspberry preserves stirred vigorously or warmed gently until spreadable (for 2 cakes)
1/2 rhubarb preserves (for the other 2 cakes)
About 1 ½ cups white chocolate shavings
Macarons


Centre a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 4 4-inch round cake pans and line the bottom of each pan with a round of buttered parchment or wax paper. Put the pans on a baking sheet.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.Whisk together the buttermilk and egg whites in a medium bowl.Put the sugar and lemon zest in a mixer bowl or another large bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add the butter and working with the paddle or whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light.
Beat in the extract, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed. Beat in half of the buttermilk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the rest of the buttermilk and eggs beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients. Finally, give the batter a good 2- minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and well aerated. Divide the batter between the four pans and smooth the tops with a rubber spatula.Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and springy to the touch – a thin knife inserted into the centers should come out clean.
Transfer the cakes to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes, unfold them and peel off the paper liners. Invert and cool to room temperature, right side up (the cooled cake layers can be wrapped airtight and stored at room temperature overnight or frozen for up to two months).

To Make the Buttercream:
Put the sugar and egg whites in a mixer bowl or another large heatproof bowl, fit the bowl over a plan of simmering water and whisk constantly, keeping the mixture over the heat, until it feels hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. The sugar should be dissolved, and the mixture will look like shiny marshmallow cream.
Remove the bowl from the heat. Working with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer, beat the meringue on medium speed until it is cool, about 5 minutes. Switch to the paddle attachment if you have one, and add the butter a stick at a time, beating until smooth. Once all the butter is in, beat in the buttercream on medium-high speed until it is thick and very smooth, 6-10 minutes. During this time the buttercream may curdle or separate – just keep beating and it will come together again. On medium speed, gradually beat in the lemon juice, waiting until each addition is absorbed before adding more. You should have a shiny smooth, velvety, pristine white buttercream. Press a piece of plastic against the surface of the buttercream and set aside briefly.

To Assemble the Cakes: (directions for one, repeat for the other 3)
Using a sharp serrated knife and a gentle sawing motion, slice each layer horizontally in half. Put one layer cut side up on a cardboard cake round or a cake plate protected by strips of wax or parchment paper. Spread it with one third of the preserves. Cover the jam evenly with a layer of buttercream. Top with another layer, spread with preserves and buttercream and then do the same with a third layer. Place the last layer cut side down on top of the cake and use the remaining buttercream to frost the sides and top. Press the chocolate shavings into the frosting, patting it gently. Tint some remaining buttercream with your favorite colors and pipe large and small dots of different colors with plain decorating tips. You can also decorate with macarons (recipe here)

Serving:
The cake is ready to serve as soon as it is assembled, but it’s best to let it sit and set for a couple of hours in a cool room – not the refrigerator. Whether you wait or slice and enjoy it immediately, the cake should be served at room temperature; it loses all its subtlety when it’s cold. Depending on your audience you can serve the cake with just about anything from milk to sweet or bubbly wine.
Storing:
The cake is best the day it is made, but you can refrigerate it, well covered, for up to two days. Bring it to room temperature before serving. If you want to freeze the cake, slide it into the freezer to set, then wrap it really well – it will keep for up to 2 months in the freezer; defrost it, still wrapped overnight in the refrigerator.

183 comments:

Botacook said...

Je suis aussi une fan absolue de la rhubarbe, je ne peux donc que t'applaudir pour ces gâteaux qui sont en plus vraiment très beaux!

Zabaione said...

this so cute, i love your macaron swirl decoration :)

zorra said...

Looks just perfect! Mine is a disaster. :-(

Mrs. L said...

This is a beautiful looking version of the cake.

Baking Soda said...

Swoon! As I'm reading more and more blogs I feel more and more humbled. Love the pink and the twin idea, almost similar appearance but different personalities!

*fanny* said...

Helene

your cake looks adorable. I bought a bunch of rhubarb yesterday, and as it was baking, I wondered why on earth I don't use rhubarb more. It's so delicious and fragrant!

xxx

Cakespy said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! This goes above and beyond!

Peabody said...

They both turned out so cute. I love polka dots too.
I agree, I really loved the freedom we got to play around with this one.

KJ said...

So pretty!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks so pretty with that lovely decoration! A gorgeous looking cake! Great job, as usual...

Cheers,

Rosa

Lunch Buckets said...

Sweetest little cake ever - just gorgeous!

Pixie said...

Your cakes are exquisite. And my hub is anti-rhubarb too. (that's another story in itself)

Kelly-Jane said...

Well done, beautiful cake and all my favourite colours too!

Barbara said...

Oh Helene that is the prettiest cake I have ever seen. I love pink. I wish you lived here to make that for my birthday.

Anne said...

That looks wonderful! I'm eagerly waiting for the macaron tutorial! :)

Manggy said...

Wow! I am loving the cute macaroons :) Beautiful interpretation!
I have no idea what the taste of rhubarb is. It's quite rare here. Coconut, though... Your husband I will get along very well! :p

Rachel said...

wow those are very cute ...so girly girly...love the pretty shades of pink! gorgeous I must say!

linda said...

Cute and delicious! Love the addition of white chocolate. Don't like the feel of coconut either.

Babeth said...

Super cute Darin Bakers production! Great job.

Foodie Froggy said...

Tiens, moi aussi je l'ai décoré avec des macarons...Ah ces françaises et leurs macarons, lol !! Comme toujours, yours is stunning !

Dharm said...

Helene, Can you cakes get any better??!!! Just superb! I really need to try some rhubarb..neer ever had it. And the Choc Rasberry Jam sounds simply amazing as well. Can you PLEASE come visit???!!!! :)

chriesi said...

How cute!

Aran said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'd be a happy girl if someone made me a cake like that!

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

I love the macaron decorations! :)

Ann said...

Perfection! Love, love, love the dots!

Isabelle said...

j'aime beaucoup ce look " frais" et printanier...c'est magnifique :)

Meeta said...

you are a true artist Helen. I love the decoration idea! So picture perfect!

Chris said...

okay, seriously - this is one fabulous cake. I love everything about it! The first picture is so feminine that every girl should have one of her own.

Gretchen Noelle said...

As always, your ideas just amaze me! I mean who would think to make two colors of white chocolate, swirl them and the fleck them for the top? Tartelette, of course! I so miss rhubarb and thought it was a wonderful idea in between layers here. Gorgeous mini cakes!

Shirley said...

You are an amazing baker. I enjoy your posts.

I'm ashamed to say I've never had rhubard. I must try it.

Sheltie Girl said...

This looks and sounds simply decadent and sublime. Whether it is your rhubarb preserves or your chocolate and raspberry spread with praline...both sound wonderful in this cake. Fabulous job Tartelette!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Maryann said...

What a pretty cake! And I like your new header, btw :)

Kim said...

Another exquisite dessert; you are a brillant baker!!! Where did you get the rhubarb, I haven't seen it yet? Rhubarb gets a bad rap sometimes as my husband also doen't like it. My daughter in Alaska has a giant rhubarb patch in her garden,lucky her.

Ben said...

This is my favorite time of the month, when I get to see what other daring bakers did with their challenges. I loved the fact that we could play with our cakes this time. I just wish I could decorate as beautifully as you do :D

xoxoxoxo

L Vanel said...

Absolutely gorgeous cake. Thank you for your help along the way... Your use of tinted white chocolate is inspiring as well as the beautiful presentation.

Vanillaorchid said...

Pink is one of my favourite colours..your cake is adorable and beautiful. The way you decorate the cake is so wonderful.

I love dots as well no matter big or small :D

Ginny said...

I love this cake! I made it recently for my boss's birthday and it was a huge hit. I'm always intrigued by your use of rhubarb in desserts...i really need to put that on the list to try! :) Looks delicious!

Tarah said...

How cute! Your cake just looks adorable! Great job on this months challenge!

Lori said...

Looks great as usual. I love your decorations. You always "accessorize" so nicely.

I have tried to become a Daring Baker. I have written to them three times. Do you have to be accepted? I am so sad and would just love to be a part of this wonderful group.

Bridget said...

Absolutley gorgeous! THIS is what I want my nexy birthday cake to look like!!!

cakebrain said...

Your cake is gorgeous! I agree with your husband...hate the texture of coconut but I LOVE the flavour!

Sarah said...

Oh how I wish I could decorate like that! Great job...they are adorbale!

lovesweetlove said...

Your cakes are just beautiful! I love polka dots too.

glamah16 said...

What a fun feminine cake! I love the use of macroons. And the rhubarb addtion is the most unique cincept. I just love decorating cakes and seeing what everyone else comes up with. The possibilities are endless!

the pastry princess said...

ohhhh helen! absolutely stunning! i love the macarons garnish and the rhubarb filling. that must have been so much fun to make :)

Melinda said...

Your cakes look absolutely charming. I bet those twins squealed with delight when they saw their cakes.
So pretty. I love the sound of that chocolate raspberry.
Nice changes Tartelette.

Cheri said...

This is the cutest cake. It makes me want to make the cake again. Amazing job on the decorating.

PheMom said...

Absolutely lovely! I love the small cakes and the macarons on the side.

Jerry said...

Part of me may not be able to cut into the cake because it is too cute! However, eventually I would! Great job!

amanda. said...

Oh wow, those are gorgeous!

And you've inspired me. I've never had rhubarb so I'm gonna go on a search this afternoon for some. :)

Mcwhisky said...

Prettily done! Love em'!

Anita said...

I think I recognize those towels!:) Gorgeous, gorgeous! They do look so festive and party perfect!

Suzana said...

That's a lovely pinkie cake!

Nemmie said...

Absolutely gorgeous, both of them. I love the delicate pinks! Those were very lucky little girls, indeed :)

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Pretty in pink...& quite magical. Love the polka dots & the his & hers versions!! This was a really creative month with the DBs...GREAT CHALLENGE!!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Lordy it is is so fun to watch you play!!
I absolutely love the rhubarb idea! Awesome!

Joy said...

Bloody beautiful as ever!

Dianne said...

I liked that we could play around with this one too. The use of rhubarb was a fabulous idea and your cake looks gorgeous!

Deborah said...

They are both gorgeous and sound delicious!

RecipeGirl said...

Yours truly turned out as perfect party cakes. SO CUTE!

Veron said...

love how girly this look! Great job , Helen!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Your cakes turned out lovely and I can't wait to try the cake recipe since you said it was one of your favorites!

breadchick said...

Absolutely adorable! And it was nice, wasn't to just play with a cake for once versus having to make it to order! As usual, I love baking with you every month.

Judy said...

What awesome cakes! I agree that the cake is a winner.

on the dot creations said...

Oh . . . my . . . word! I gained 5 pounds just looking at these yummy cakes! I found your lovely blog today while doing an Internet search for polka dots. I am a huge fan of all things dotty -- in fact, I have a blog dedicated solely to polka dots! Check it out at http://www.onthedotcreations.typepad.com

Julie

Butta Buns said...

What a happy pink cake!

June said...

As usual, your cake looks wonderful!

Claire said...

These cakes are just precious! I love the decorations...I bet those girls were just thrilled.

Susan said...

Those twins must have been thrilled to each have a Tartelette cake for her own! I'm glad this cake gets high marks from you as it is now my favorite recipe as well.

Gabi said...

Love the polkadots! Perfect job!
xoxo

culinography said...

I'd have to side with B. on this one... I'm not a rhubarb fan, either. Childhood trauma. ;)

But... both cakes are gorgeous!!

myriam said...

super cute and elegant as always, just the way you do it baking-queen!

kellypea said...

So funny. I checked her last night after midnight and you didn't have your lovely cakes up yet and the next time I check, I'm at the end of a very long line! You're amazing.
I love all the great tips and info you always provide, Helene. I, too much have chomped into a raw piece of rhubarb once upon a time and have not been bold enough to give it a go, so thanks! My hunkster doesn't like shreddy stringy things, either. What IS that? Regardless, you always inspire me with your creations. Thanks for the great read.

Laura Rebecca said...

Simply stunning. You did a marvelous job!!!

Mary said...

Gorgeous results as always! It's very girly and beautiful.

marias23 said...

Helene, your creations are always mouth-wateringly picture-perfect! I love your variations with rhubarb and chocolate raspberry. J'adore!!!

maybelles mom said...

how gorgeous! I love rhubarb and I am always looking for more recipes.

creampuff said...

Oh, Ms. Tartelettey! It's all just so pretty and beautiful. I want to wear that little cake on my finger like a ring!

sher said...

Did you hear ? Did you hear me scream "Oh, My God!!!", when your site opened on my screen and I saw that cake?? I knew you would have a fabulous cake--and you did!!!! :)

Faery said...

What wonderful cakes I love them they look so happy and delicate and delicious too :9 yummmm

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

oooo so pretty and girly and looks delicious too!!! Must take myself over to your neck of the woods for a crash course in cake deorating!!!!!

eatme_delicious said...

Wow!! What beautiful little cakes. And you even made macarons to go on the sides. I love the idea of the tinted pink white chocolate shavings. Your baking is so inspiring!

CB said...

Lurve the white chocolate shavings! Confession: I've never eaten a macaron. But your last few BUs have prompted me to go find some. My hips do not thank you. LOL. Beautiful cake. Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Gloria said...

Lovely cake is so really belle, tres belle!!! Congrats!!!! xxxxGloria

mimi said...

gorgeous photos as always! and what a fluffy, soft looking mini cake!

Tammy said...

You are sooooo clever!! this cakes looks so divine and makes my effort look so sad!

Chez Denise et Laudalino said...

This is beautiful! Great job as always, Helen.

cookworm said...

Beautiful job on the cakes - I also did polka dots! The idea of rhubarb filling is seriously making me drool. :) The pink coconut is a cute touch, too!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

That is one of loveliest cakes I have ever seen! It is truly a work or art, Helene. I am speechless (for once)!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Georgeous beyond words!!!

Karen said...

Your cake decorating skills are amazing! Your cake is lovely.

Amy said...

Looks absolutely beautiful!! I love the idea of rhubarb filling, and your pretty pink shavings are just lovely!

familiabencomo said...

Holy-moly!!! You are amazing! It never occurred to me to freeze it.... My world has changed for the better because of you, thank you. Love what you've done - genius.

xoxox Amy

Cynthia said...

I hope you never get tired of me telling you how much in awe of your work I am.

Half Baked said...

You always amaze! GORGEOUS! what more can I say?!?

Morven said...

Cute as a button!! I'm still blown away by the creative variances in flavouring. I never would have thought to use rhubarb. Yum

Brilynn said...

I can't believe you stuck macarons onto your cake! You're awesome!

chelley325 said...

Beautiful! Such a perfect decorating job!

Bellini Valli said...

Your cakes really are amazing Tartlette. I love how you had his and hers:D

Indivara said...

I just saw the cake and it looked so good that I had to swoon. I love your use od rhubarb. I am definately going to try this.

Erin said...

What a beautiful cake! I love the way you decorated it!

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

OH MY!!!!!!!!! I don't know what to say. This is truly a piece of art.....a yummy one, but a piece of art!!!! I can't even think of anything smart a$$ to say....so unlike me. Your desserts turn me into a softy where the compliments are concerned. sheeesh *blush*

jasmine said...

Oh, this is just so pretty!

Brava!

j

Jerri said...

this looks absolutely fabulous!

The Baker & The Curry Maker said...

What wonderful photos and cakes! Its nice to induldge in our own desires sometimes, huh? Well done, I really enjoyed this months challenge too.

Katy said...

oh my goodness, i'm speechless. rhubarb! how amazingly wonderful -- i bet this tasted amazing, and it looks absolutely out of this world stunning!

Merav said...

Not only are your cakes stunning - your fillings sound out of this world!!

kimberleyblue said...

Aww, that's a beautiful cake! Great job!

Oh for the love of food! said...

This has to be THE little girl's Dream Birthday Cake, Helen! How fabulous! Every Little Girl should have one for her Birthday ;o)

Anne said...

The cake is so stunning and P-E-R-F-E-C-T :)

sandhya said...

The cake looks beautiful...

Evelin said...

Theses cakes look delicious! I especially like the pink topping of white chocolate, it's as girly as it gets.

skrockodile (sabra) said...

Holy cow! That is beautiful!

Suganya said...

The pretties I have seen yet. The polka dot takes it to the next level. Amazing work of art.

Cakelaw said...

Helene, your cake is sooooo pretty in pink. Love it!

Amy said...

Wow these are adorable! I love the tinted chocolate and the mini macarons. :) A beautifully done challenge as always!

Jerzeetomato said...

This is actually a Nick Malgieri recipe (from Perfect Cakes) and I have made it for years. I have made it with lemon and raspberry together. It is by and large a great cake.

Eileen said...

What a beautiful cake! It's so much fun looking at all of the blogs and seeing the Daring Baker results. I'm starting in April!!

Eileen (passions to pastry)@
www.livingtastefully.com

Jenny said...

I have a coconut-averse husband too, but I just bring everything with coconut to work!

I'm very new to using rhubarb, and this is the second post talking about rhubarb preserves. I am now on a mission to track some down! I still marvel at how something that my brain still interprets as celery can turn into something so delicious.

Candace said...

Beautiful job, as usual! Love the polka dots!

Beth said...

Linked to you thru Thursday Night Smackdown, and have been enjoying your posts. That's a very cute little cake! Is there room for another Daring Baker? I'd like to join you guys for May's challenge.

Sarah said...

Delightful! I love the idea of rhubarb jam.

ruthEbabes said...

Ooooh how elegant and fun do yours look!!!!

Fab work!

Cheryl said...

That is like the most beautiful little girls birthday cake ever. I couldn't even have handled something that pretty being made for me when I was younger, let alone know too. Another ingenious creation.

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

wow, i'm so impressed by your cake!
You're one talented baker!

Kim U said...

Those are so cute!

strawberriesinparis said...

your creativity is amazing!! it is so cool to be able to see something that you actually wanted to make!!

TERESA said...

Wow¡¡¡¡¡ Your cake is wonderful, and with macarons.

It´s so nice¡¡¡¡¡

TERESA

Katie said...

Your cake is absolutely adorable. I love the decorations and colors.

Jenny said...

Oh my those are lovely.... they don't even look like the same cake I made!
And your flavor combinations sound wonderful.

chou said...

I'm happily joining the loving throngs to send my own little accolades your way. Rhubarb. So good.

kitten said...

what adorable little cakes. i love the flavor combos you chose. i enjoy reading your blog so much !

Annemarie said...

Oh hooray - I knew you'd do something fun an beautiful once we were given no creative restrictions. 10 pounds of rhubarb though - :o!!!!!

Hannah said...

Oh, you and those macaroons...! Incredible, simply incredible. I think after 133 comments though, it's all been said already!

Kevin said...

Your cake looks amazing! I really like the sound of the rhubarb jam filling!

Lis said...

Smashing, sweetie! Love the flavor combos and they are just gorgeous. :)

xoxo

Andrea said...

Wow, those are some seriously cute decorations! What fun!

Laura said...

Oh they are oh so pretty!

Michelle said...

WOW is all I have to say and everything on your blog looks just so yummy!

Georgia said...

Rhubarb - GENIUS!!! Yum, looks great :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a perfect cake for a little girls' party. I can't imagine how it would be possible to improve. As always, you inspire me to try to do better.

Elle said...

oooooh rhubarb! Great idea! The dots and swirled multi colored chocolate shaving are also so festive....all very pretty and party perfect!

Janna said...

Gorgeous! Simply Gorgeous!
Rhubarb is not a southern thing. We tend to lean towards apples and cherries, but I vow to try it this season. Scouts honor!

Gourmandises&gf said...

Vraiment superbe. que de belles réalisations sur ce blog !

Sweet and Savory Eats said...

Those are some of the sweetest little cakes I have seen in a long time. Gorgeous!

Princess of the kitchen said...

What a stunning party cake. You are so clever. No wonder you have so many responses. Wel done

Hendria said...

GREAT PHOTOS>>>>>> :)

Claire said...

What an adorable cake! The make-your-own chocolate shavings are brilliant. I hope we get another iced confection through DB soon - that way I can practice.

VeggieGirl said...

You definitely "take the cake" (sorry, I couldn't resist, haha) with this month's DNC, Helen!! Awesome!!

By the way, I'm still a loyal reader of your blog - my school-workload has prevented me from commenting on my favorite blogs as much as I used to/would like to. Just want you to know that I'm still around!! :0)

anna said...

Perfect! It looks so yummy!!! :)

One question: Where can I get a link to some great and easy metric conversion?
I'm from Europe and I always have problems with the recipes...

Texana said...

Once again, your little cakes are sublime! Oh, mercy, what dreamy flavors--I would be hard pressed to choose between the chocolate raspberry and the rhubarb!

Hillary said...

You did such a good job with this party cake! It's gorgeous and incredibly tasty looking!

Beth G. said...

OMG- it is so chic it hurts!! Stunningly beautiful job!

ambrosia ananas said...

Oh, that's beautiful! It looks too good to eat.

SweetDesigns said...

How Adorable!! they both look fantastic!!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

What beautiful, girlie creations!! Those twins were very lucky little ladies!

Madelyn said...

Your cakes are gorgeous!!!! Lovely work and I bet they taste just as good. Thanks for the idea on the white chocolate... ingenious and beautiful. Magnifique!!

Jen Yu said...

Everything you touch turns out magical! I love little desserts and your tiny 4-inch cakes are SOOO perfect. Brilliant, really. They look like little presents and I'm sure they tasted even better. You're always an inspiration, love.

Ally said...

Omg, your cake is amazing! Love the design!

Kay said...

I just got my book--and I don't know how to thank you! I've been having such a blah couple of weeks...this has honestly been the highlight of my day, if not the week. Thank you thank you!!! I cannot wait to start working with it!

love and cookies,
Kay

Miss Ifi said...

Your cakes are simply divine!!! a piece of ART!!! I am your cake admirer!!!

Tea said...

Can I come over to your house for my birthday this year? Pretty please?:-)

Laurie said...

Oh what pretty tea towels with such a beautiful cake..no wonder your blog is so admired! Exquisite.. :)

Katie said...

Wow your cake is just beautiful. I love how you decorated it with the pastel macaroons. It looks so soft and elegant.

bbaking said...

aww so cute and pretty!

I shall let you know when my birthday is! ;o)

Kristen said...

Absolutley gorgeous! I am always amazed when I look at your site, you make the most amazing things! I am now dying to try a macaron because of all of your lovely photos and descriptions of them! Beautiful party cake, I love the smaller size too.

Amy said...

Your cakes are just stunning. Beautiful work!

I(dot)J said...

That's it! This is by far the best one yet! It's not fair that you can bake and decorate this way. You must be "normal" at one of the two, or else I have to give up baking and start selling gum on the corners around my house.

Sheesh!.... this cake is "to die for!" (*doing my hand gestures and head shakes*).. GREAT JOB!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i love it when you are "selfish"! those cakes are gorgeous--the twins will want you to bake their birthday cakes every year! and rhubarb-i love it too!!

Aoife said...

Wow, you really went all out! Rhubarb is a sure sign of warmer months ahead. Twin cakes with macarons, yum!

Antonio Tahhan said...

i love the colored macarons on the side. your cake looks AMAZING!

ChichaJo said...

What incredibly beautiful little cakes! I've fallen madly in love with them! And pink...my favorite color :) I want to reach into my screen and snatch one :)

Tracy said...

I love the smaller cake idea! The colors are so cute. Looks delish!!

Molly Loves Paris said...

You have had a flurry of great ideas with this cake. Small cakes, piped dots, rhubarb and rose flavoring, etc. One of my daughters freaked out at the idea of my using raspberry jam, and settled down when I said I would use rhubarb-cherry jam.

eliza said...

very pretty and girly!

Clevermonkey said...

What a beautiful little cake! And a simple way for a non-decorator like me to decorate a cake... dots! How exquisitely modern. I live with a wee coconut hater so the white chocolate shavings would be such a hit.

Thanks for all of the great ideas.

IRENE said...

How can you stand all that beauty! It is so fluffy and perfect!

Joan Vicent Cantó said...

I'm absolutely in love with your cakes and your blog!

Jaime said...

what a darling little cake! :)

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glasswing said...

Hello, Tartelette, I know this is an older post but hope you still read the comments... for how many people is this cake? I decided to make it for a friend's birthday. How about baking it in a deeper pan and cutting the layers, in say, 3? Thanks!!

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