Friday, June 19, 2009

Four and a Half

I will try to get better pictures when the light is better in the morning.

This is not the best looking cake I've ever baked, but judging by the scraps from trimming and the extra frosting, it might be one of the best tasting. I just couldn't get the butter cookie dough to handle well in the humidity, so they came out thick and puffy and far too soft. You can't see the patches I did with frosting, but they're there. My decorating skills seem to have taken a dive of late-maybe I need to start doing Baking With Counterpunch again for the sake of improving my technique. Link

I needed to do four layers to accommodate the height of the frosted cookies. That's quite a bit of cake. I need to go pick up my eyeglasses tomorrow-I think we'll bring them some cake...actually a lot of cake. I'll give the recipe for two layers because most people aren't insane enough to make something like this.

Other Birthday Cakes:

Three and a Half
Two and a Half

From The Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, 1950 (with a few modifications)

You Will Need:

1/3 cup softened butter
1/3 cup solid shortening
1 2/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups cold water
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1/3 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Grease and flour pans. Line bottoms with parchment then grease and flour that as well. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place rack in centre.

In a bowl, cream together butter, shortening and sugar until light. Add the eggs and beat well. In another bowl, whisk the water into the cocoa (do a bit at a time and use a whisk-a spoon will just swirl it around without wetting the cocoa). Add vanilla.Set aside.

Sift dry ingredients.

Add dry ingredients alternating with the cocoa mixture. Mix well, without over-mixing and pour into pans. Bake 3-35 minutes until they test done. Cool in pans on rack ten minutes. Remove from pans and finish cooling on racks before frosting.


Lisa said...

I've never ever heard of celebrating 1/2 birthdays, but I read the past post comments between you & Raymon and am able to "get it!"

I wonder where your mom got the idea to do 1/2 birthdays. CLEVER woman and I loved that she made 1/2 a cake on the 1/2 birthday.

You did GOOD! That is ONE LUCKY KID!

How's about giving us your SUGAR COOKIE recipe too! Thanks in advance.

Goody said...

The recipe is easy:

1 cup softened butter
]1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg]
3 teaspoons vanilla extract3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Cream together butter and sugar until light. Add the egg and beat well.Add vanilla. Sift the baking powder into flour and mix into first part. Roll into a ball and chill well before rolling out.

Bake at 425 on an ungreased sheet for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides.

Unless you're decorating them for a cake, roll them thin.

The frosting is just royal icing-egg whites, lemon juice and powdered sugar tinted as desired.

Lisa said...

Thanks so much for that recipe! I've tried other ones and they're ok not great. So...I'm anxious to try yours. The sugar is 1/2 cup or 1 1/2 You have a weird line before the 1/2 & I'm not sure what that means. THANKS AGAIN!!!

Goody said...

Typo. Half cup.

Goody said...

Actually, there are a lot of typos. That'll teach me to post without glasses.