I’ve made a lot of ugly cakes over the years. They always taste great, sure, but the whole layers thing has always been a bit of an issue for me. Do you have any idea how much cake you have to cut off to make them level?? It just seems like a waste, really. And so I end up with crooked cakes that fall apart almost as soon as I ice them. Fortunately everyone is always just happy to have cake, so it’s not like it’s ever been a huge issue, but it’s something I wanted to work on.
So last week I made a triple-decker birthday cake for my friend Jen, and I was determined to get it right. Which I did. More or less. It’s a decadent cake: rich and chocolatey, with dark chocolate ganache and strawberry jam between the layers, and the whole thing coated with my favorite (Magnolia Bakery) chocolate buttercream. Yum.
(See? Almost totally not-crooked.)