This past weekend I made a birthday cake for a friend of mine. She had asked if I would make the cake for her daughter’s party and (of course) I said yes. Then came a week of wondering, “will it look okay? will it taste good?” I spend a lot of time going through my favorite blogs, printing recipes, and comparing them. I bought a bigger pan (11×15) so we’d have enough cake. I had never made a cake for someone besides close family before, and I wanted it to be perfect. Here are a few things that I learned from making this cake:
1. An 11×15 pan makes a lot of cake. Double a regular recipe. And when you make two of them to make a layer cake, it is very big. And very heavy.
2. That you should always buy two of the same sized pan, so you don’t spend all day baking two cakes.
3. That you should always buy twice as many ingredients as you think you need, because, well, the cake is huge (see #1).
4. That, next time, I’m shopping at Costco for my ingredients. (See #3)
5. A flower nail is a perfect heat conductor for a large cake (if you don’t have baking strips). Just butter and flour the nail and lay the base in the middle of your pan.