This was my very first attempt at a cake with multiple tiers!! I am planning to do a cake like this for an event in a couple of months, so I wanted to practice first. This is a plain yellow cake (from a box, a packet of vanilla pudding added) with canned chocolate icing for the filling and the dots. The frosting is Wilton’s white chocolate buttercream. I tinted most of it with brown and then did the border with kelly green. The icing doesn’t taste like chocolate really. It just tastes like normal buttercream. But it was thinner than the frosting I usually use and it was much easier to work with. I need to try to get all my icings to a thinner consistency I think.
The shell border was also a success. The first time I tried it (on the disasterous 4th of July cake) the icing was too stiff. Again, the thinner consistency worked for me!
I bought a 10″ pan for the bottom layer, but it looked monsterous to me, so I used an 8″ instead (the top is 6″). The 8″ looks a bit too small, but I’m not sure if I’d want to go all the way up to 10″ next time. Maybe I should invest in some 9″ pans (and an additional kitchen in which to store my growing arsenal of cake stuff). The 6″ pans are new and I love them – they are Wilton’s brand.
Overall, I am pleased with this attempt! The cake is a little off center and uneven, but not bad for a first attempt!