Monday, August 15, 2011
Club: Baked-Sunday Night Cake
This time from Club: Baked the chosen recipe was Sunday Night Cake. Since Friday, 8/12 was my birthday, I decided to put the recipe to good use and make it my birthday cake. I doubled the cinnamon quantity and used greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. I have to mention that I love using plain greek yogurt in place of sour cream because I feel like it almost guarantees a moist cake…I don't know how true that is, but I seem to get similar consistencies in my cakes each time I use it and the result was no different with this cake either!! I followed the recipe and baked the cake in a 9x9 square pan then cut out the hello kitty shape, free hand, using a small, sharp knife. After I carved out the face, I obviously had to taste the scrap pieces and they were deliciousss…kind of reminded me of coffee cake..which I thought would go fabulously with Nutella! I wanted to frost the cake white though, obviously for the sake of it being Hello Kitty, so I didn't use the chocolate frosting recipe from the book, instead I went with a classic buttercream using vanilla, butter, powdered sugar and milk. I made a double batch of the buttercream and whipped in 2 heaping tablespoons of Nutella to half of it, to give it a delicious hazelnut flavor that I assumed would go perfect with the cake (and it did!!)! The cake was small and the top came out of the oven pretty smooth to begin with, so I skipped the part where I would normally trim it off and just went ahead with the frosting. I started with a layer of Nutella buttercream and then stuck it in the fridge for about a 1/2 hour to set. I then added a layer of the white buttercream on top of the set Nutella and put it back in the fridge for about the same amount of time as before. After the second layer of buttercream was set, I drew the face on with the tip of a knife then filled everything in with buttercream that I tinted black, yellow and red and used piping bags with a small amount of the tips cut off to do so.
This cake is simple and delicious. I believe that consumed frosted or not you receive the same satisfaction. I definitely see myself making this again in the future and recommend to everyone that they try it! Our host this time was Julie of A little bit of everything so be sure to visit her blog for the recipe and the Club: Baked page to see how all of the members did! Enjoy!