Monday, June 7, 2010

Baby Blue Cake: Chocolate and White Cake with Blue Frosting

Yeah, I know I still have a long way to go to being a good cake decorator hahaha.

I took a nice break from the kitchen and the computer. I want to thank you all for your encouraging words and advice on the previous post. I guess I was so used to previous Daring Bakers' challenges as being fairly easy and manageable for me. With the toothache and so many other problems. this challenge was just really...plain and simple...a challenge for me. Next time, I will work on a challenge while not in pain, and I will take things slowly (even though I am already a slow baker/cooker). Also, I will stick to challenge dishes that I will actually want to eat in the end.
As many of you know, here in the United States, many of us celebrated Memorial Day. On this day, my colleagues and I went to my favorite BBQ joint, Rudy's BBQ, and I brought this cake. I colored it baby blue just for the "Colorful Mondays" project on Kitchen Simplicity.
The cake is comprised of my two favorite cake recipes: the Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate cake and Bridget's white cake, which I blogged about here. Half of my friends preferred the chocolate side because they prefer chocolate, while the other half preferred the white side. I know that my favorite was the white cake. My friend cut a small slice of cake to reserve for her boyfriend, and he later told her to tell me the following:

Please tell Memoria my only complaint is that the piece was cut way too small. It's really delicious. It has almost an angel food taste but with a regular cake texture.

I would totally agree with his description. This recipe is my go-to for white cake (for process photos of this cake, check out the strawberry cake derived from the same recipe).
I tried to make Italian buttercream, but I whipped the meringue too long and accidentally heated up the sugar syrup too long because I was taking photos. So, I had to make a regular, no-egg buttercream for the outside.
I ended up removing this frosting because it curdled. After scraping it off, I made and added the regular buttercream.

It felt really weird to have a cake this color in my possession. I'm not a fan of making and looking at colored icing, but I am totally okay with eating it!
TOOTH/TEETH UPDATE: I'm going to the oral surgeon tomorrow to get my tooth/teeth extracted. I plan to make soup for this week. Please keep me in your prayers or send me good thoughts. Have a great week, everyone!
Regular buttercream
Some may say this is not a buttercream due to the absence of eggs, but I disagree since it is comprised of butter, has a creamy consistency, and is often used for cakes. 

1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
3-4 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk or half-n-half
blue colored gel (optional)

Beat the butter and shortening together well. On low speed, mix the the powdered sugar in one cup at a time. Then, add in the milk until you reach the desired consistency. Add blue colored gel, mix, and keep adding more gel until you reach the desired color.


  1. Que bonito te ha quedado, se ve maravilloso. Un saludo

  2. Practice makes perfect!

    I think your cake looks fine, but regardles sof what it looks like, I'd still eat it! I like the dark and light layers contrasted bu the blue frosting.

    Hope you feel better soon. I'll be thinking of you.

  3. White, black and blue...I like colors!!!!

  4. that choc looks DIVINe!!! Love the blue frosrting color too.

    tia @ buttercreambarbie

  5. I think your cake is beautifully decorated, and I love the sweet shade of baby blue :)

  6. bellissima e che colore meraviglioso,complimenti!!baci imma

  7. This cake looks fantastic! The pretty blue color is stunning and I love how you used both chocolate and white cakes!

    I'll keep your oral surgery in my thoughts and prayers...hope you're feeling better soon!

  8. This cake is so eyecatching and amazing looking! Great Job!!

  9. What a wonderful cake - I adore the color. Oh, and good luck with your tooth... it doesn't hurt at all, like really, at all, not even a little. I had a tooth extracted last year and it was perfectly all right. :) Petra

  10. Thanks so much for submitting the cake Memoria! It looks soo good and I can't wait to try out that white cake recipe!!

    I hope you feel better soon and that the extraction (I feel funny saying that) goes well!

  11. looks delicious. i'm glad to hear you're getting the tooth taken care of. it's great to see a new post. i've been checking multiple times a day since the daring bakers post...

  12. Nothing better than waking up to pictures of cake in my inbox! Looks great! I'm so glad to hear you're having your wisdom teeth extracted--after healing, you will be so relieved not to have that pain any more. I said a prayer for you. I hope you recover quickly.

  13. I don't think I've ever seen such intensely blue colored cake....very interesting. :)

  14. Beautiful hue, that alone is already tempted me.

  15. Blue is beautiful! There are far too few blue foods- your cake is lovely and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. :) The tooth fairy sends good tooth vibes your way- hope you feel better soon!

  16. That's a beautiful shade of blue.

  17. I hope all goes well with the tooth. I feel for you. Nothing worse than pain.

  18. Memoria, acho este bolo um mimo! A decoração está muito simples, mas quem disse que simples não é bonito? Eu gostei!

    Fiquei curiosa quanto ao post anterior... eu posso dizer que não sei o que é dor de dentes! Sou uma sortuda(?!?). Mas é melhor tratar o mais rápido possível. Depois venho cá saber noticias.
    No post anterior, fiquei a saber também do quanto foi difícil o último desafio do DB... fiquei até um pouquinho triste... Daqui em diante espero ver-te a cozinhar pelo desafio mas, principalmente, porque te dá prazer! E se puderes comer o que fazes, melhor ainda!
    Cozinhar com dores??? Isso é completamente proíbido! lol
    Estou a brincar, mas também estou a falar a sério!
    Eu ando meio desmotivada lá no meu blog... acho que se nota... sem vontade de cozinhar, de postar, de comentar... é uma fase! Não vou contrariar. Vai passar!
    Espero que tenha chegado a mensagem que tentei passar.
    Muitos beijinhos e TRATA DE FICAR BOA RÁPIDO!

  19. Hi, Memoria

    Welcome back! I am soooooooo happy you finally decided to address that pesky and painful tooth problem--Amen and Hallelujah! I don't know from which side of the family you get that stubborn streak!

    Anyway, your blue/black/white cake is so prettyful! I think it is very creatively done, and I only wish I had a piece to affirm how delicious it must taste! You're still the champ!

    When you come see me, break me off a piece of that cake (if you have any left)!

  20. It is a pretty baby blue. i love the combination choc and white cakes. Delicious

  21. La torta es un color bonito. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  22. Crossing my fingers for your extraction, I have to have one coming up too, a canine :(

    Will you post something about your soups? I always make a greek avgolemoni soup when I´m under the weather.

  23. This is so pretty!!! Sorry about your tooth :(

  24. VANILLA all the way, baby! :) Btw, I'm totally okay with the frosting and it's color! :)

    Sending good vibes your way!

  25. Chocolate + vanilla in one cake is such a good idea -- everyone is happy. I'm glad you got a break from the kitchen. I hope your tooth surgery goes well.

  26. I would never be able to frost like this but my kid would LOVE this cake!!

  27. What a great color you got! Nice job!


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