Today we are going to talk about structure. As in cake structure. Perhaps this post should have been titled, “The Cake that Almost Didn’t Make it to the Party”. Sometimes I get a good idea but do not always think them through from conception to execution and will pay the price because of my lack of planning. As in this case. My babysitter was having a large Open House party to celebrate her high school graduation. Her mom is one of my closest friends and I said that I would make a cake for the party. 50 people? Sure, no problem. What would you like? I don’t know. Do you like chocolate? No, not really. Peanut butter? Nah. What do you like? I like fruit. Really? I can make you any dessert and you want fruit? I decided to make a take on a Fruit Basket Cake (which I had never heard of before until I moved to California). Yellow Buttermilk Cake layers, with a Lemon Filling, freshly whipped cream and lots of berries. Sounds good to me.
The problem was that I made a rather large cake, 14 inches, and should have either made two smaller cakes or used a sturdier cake like a pound cake. Since the Yellow Buttermilk cake was so thin, it did not have enough stability to hold the layers. It started to crack and I really worried if it was going to just crumble and fall apart. It didn’t, but I should have known better. Lesson learned. I wasn’t going to post this cake but then I realized that it is a perfect 4th of July Dessert. It was not hard to make at all and it looks really impressive. You could use a boxed Yellow Cake mix, skip the Lemon Filling (or use a can) and just do whipped cream and berries and you still have an amazing and easy dessert.
I will most definitely make this Fruit Basket Cake again. It is so fresh tasting and light and gorgeous. I will just fix my structural problem. I would make this and bake it in 9 inch pans and make the cake really tall. It will be gorgeous.
Speaking of gorgeous, this is Kenzie, my babysitter at her prom. She is one of the nicest, kindest, and sweetest people that I know. She is wonderful with our children and we love her. I just wanted to tell her that.
I used this Yellow Buttermilk Cake Recipe and this Lemon Filling Recipe. I baked one batch of the cake batter in a 14 inch pan and did it twice. I would bake it in a smaller pan to make the cake taller and have better support next time. Spread a thin layer of the lemon filling over the cooled cake.
I made a HUGE batch of whipped cream. 4 cups of cream, 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, 2 packages of Whip-It (i have recently been introduced to this product and I love it! Thanks Corey) and 1 Tablespoon vanilla.
Add an even layer of the whipped cream.
Repeat with another set of layers. I add a ton more berries on the top layer. I wanted this cake to look rustic and homemade. See how it started to crack? It still tasted amazing and no one even noticed the crack. If they did, they were polite enough to not mention it. I very well may have cried if they did.
The party was really nice. Great food, nice people, and a beautiful home. Clay has not gotten the memo that he is 2. He likes to hang with the big kids. I was very flattered, they served my Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches and they were a hit.