Sunday, January 20, 2008

Maggie's Wedding Cake

I was asked to make my sister's best friend's wedding cake. It was so fun because the couple is very non-traditional and fun! The dinner was chicken and steak fajitas in an outdoor venue, so we decided pina colada cake would be a hit.

Coconut Cake:
3 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
8 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut, chopped a little further in a food processor (makes cutting the cake easier)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar on high speed until it's fluffy, and almost white. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time. Add the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined. Fold in coconut.
Pour into 2 well greased 10" round cake pans. Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

To make a 4 layer cake, cut each cake in half.

Pineapple Rum Filling:
1 28 oz. can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp. rum extract

In a nonstick skillet, add first 4 ingredients. Bring to a bubble and constantly stir until mixture is no longer milky, about 10 minutes. Cool, add extract. Refridgerate for up to a week.

White Vanilla Buttercream
(derived from the Cincinnati Cake and Candy Recipe)
*shortening is used to keep the icing from melting, if temperatures are moderate or cake doesn't need to travel, it can be omitted and everything can be scaled back)
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup white shortening
2 lbs. confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. butter extract
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup water

Beat together butter and shortening. Add extracts and salt. Alternate sugar and water, using more water if necessary to loosen up icing for easy spreading.

All cakes were covered in white chocolate fondant, which will be posted later!

1 comment:

Kristine Kascak said...

This cake wasn't just pretty folks, it was delicious. Ashlee is the queen of cakes!