Baking · Food · Sweet

Back and Ready to Party? No, not really.

Hello! I’m back, sunburnt, over-tired, and ready to start the (super-fun!) process of looking at my vacation photos. So, this post will be short—one to tide you over until I write up my vacation, boring you silly with the details (you’re excited, right? right?) I’m really only writing because:

It’s Daring Bakers Time!

Yes, you heard me, I completed the Daring Bakers challenge even though the deadline coincided with the first day back from my vacation. See, this month, I was a good DB. I knew I wouldn’t be able to procrastinate until the absolute-last-minute before deadline and I made this cake ahead of time. I know, I’m just that good.

The challenge was Dorie Greenspan’s Party Cake and we were encourage to play around as much as we liked. I used orange marmalade as my filling. It doesn’t make for a pretty cake—one where every layer is cut with a beautiful red stripe of raspberry jam—but it was the only homemade jam I had on hand and the tanginess of the orange and lemon in the marmalade was great with the buttermilk cake and buttermilk whipped cream topping.

The challenge was hosted by Morven and you can find the recipe on her page (sorry, I’m being lazy). To make my version, substitute orange marmalade for the lemon curd, take out the coconut, and use buttermilk whipped cream instead of the icing (1/3 cup buttermilk to 2/3 cup whipping cream, with 2 tablespoons of sugar—whipped to your liking.)

I would give you some details about how it tasted, but I’m tired, so go look at all the other wonderful DB posts and drool over their much-prettier-than-mine cakes! I’m going to go take a nap.

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32 thoughts on “Back and Ready to Party? No, not really.

  1. haha talk about being a trooper! I hope you enjoyed your vacation, lord knows I’m dying for one. This cake is really delightful but the layers were a little too light and tender. When I cut into the cake I was scared that it would be a little lopsided. But alls well that ends well 🙂 welcome back

  2. I love the lemons on top…beautiful cake. Unfortunately my dog ate mine (I got pics before) so I will have to make it again just to be able to eat it!
    Hope your vacation was amazing and can’t wait to hear all about it (living vicariously through others right now!).

  3. Welcome back from your vacation! The wonderful thing with DB is how you can leave things in drafts after the challengs is complete. One need only remember the day it’s due. Great job!

  4. I love the big slices of lemon on the top of your cake, and using lemon curd as filling was a good idea. The buttercream on the outside of mine tasted fine the day it was made, but once it sits in the fridge for a while it gets hard and I just can’t make myself eat it (I feel like I’m eating straight butter). Next time I will use whipped cream all over I think, or try it your way! 🙂

  5. Luna- Hey now, that could be a money-maker! LoL

    Amanda- Oh yes, we enjoyed every minute of it… and now that I’m back at work, I need another vacation!

    Cait- The buttermilk whipped cream was really fabulous, I think it was my favorite part of the cake!

    Thank you to everyone who commented!! I love that we DBer’s can find new sites every month scrolling through the DB blogroll!!!

  6. I admire your ability to bake! Just thinking about making a cake from scratch makes me sleepy *yawn* though I would gladly eat it if someone else made it!

  7. I love orange marmalade! But unfortunately, I am again alone in this at my house 😦 I would have loved an orange cake.

    Your cake looks delicious with all the fluffy frosting and golden insides.

  8. When are the Daring Bakers gonna assign this girl some goddamn chocolate? I mean, this cake was good; it really was — you see the pictures. It was light and moist, not too sweet, and had pleasant lingering orange tang. But goddamn it, man! She’s been in this club for like a half a year, and I have yet to a taste a molten chocolate cake, which is obviously the most daring dessert of all. C’mon — it’s fucking molten!

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