Short and sweet!! Sweet because there was Cake!! For the cakes for the Grad party. She wanted simple, Half sheet of vanilla cake topped with berries!! I did a basket weave design around the sides of the cake, with a nice swirly board. And covered the top with an abundance of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Buttercream icing of course!! I did go lazy and totally bought a bucket of Wilton Smooth White Buttercream for the occasion hehe.. And it was a great icing!!! We all were very pleased. I pulled off a wonderful light cake! and it went so well with the berries. Perfect for a warm summer day!! When we un-boxed the cake, the berries smelled fantastic!! Those berries at room temperature for a few hours brought out their sweetness. The colors popped with freshness. Everyone couldn't wait to eat it!! I will not deny that it had been quite a while since I had baked and decorated any kind of cake, so with all that I had done this week, and pulling that cake out for her made me very proud. There were even a few phones pulled out for pic's of the simple Berry cake of awesomeness!!
I also made her a 6in cake. Her birthday was in June, and we were both very busy. Didn't get to see her until the graduation party in fact! So I took the chance to make her a little cake to take home. I took the 6inch layers and torted them, and filled each with my home made strawberry jam. It gave the cake a wonderful height!! Anytime you have the chance to Torte and fill a cake, so do it. The presentation is wonderful!! Now I like to bake my cakes, torte them, then freeze them. A freezer is every bakers best friend!! Icing a frozen cake yields a perfect outcome! Wrapped properly, a cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. When thawed, it is perfectly fresh and wonderful!! I did my crumb layer and then iced it with just a few flower on top. Wanting it simple, I stuck with all white. Well, I kept looking at it and felt it was far too wedding cake like. So, I added some swirls and dots and poof! Party cake of simplicity!!
She was very happy to have one to take home. The half sheet was a huge hit, and in fact was barely enough. We planned for 50 people, and I think there maybe have been only 30. We had about 4 pieces left, so it was a very good thing that I had one for her to take home! Over all, I think her party was a hit!! I am very proud of her, and so blessed to have her as my awesome friend!! Her family as well!!