Friday, March 29, 2013

fancy carrot cake



Have you heard of the beautiful bakery in San Francisco . . . Miette

If you follow my blog, then you've heard me mention the name several times

I bought their book a few years ago, and refer to it for many recipes . . . especially when I'm baking for a special event.



Although the recipe for THIS carrot cake is not from Miette, the technique I used to frost it is. 

Miette's cakes are gorgeous.  

I learned that it takes hundreds of hours for their cake decorators to learn how to frost their cakes with the correct technique and signature frost. 


I baked a 6-inch Carrot Cake for tomorrow's Easter gathering; and at first, I thought I would create Miette's Tomboy Cake with this cake, but then I decided to give it a more refined look with Miette's signature SMOOTH frost. 

I may not have hundreds of hours of practice, but I've learned a few techniques along the way . . . 

Use an off-set spatula. It's a must!

Frost your cake, and then place it in the refrigerator 
for at least an hour ~ so that the frosting hardens.

When it's time,
fill a TALL glass with HOT HOT water,
and place your off-set spatula in the cup
for at least 2 minutes. Wipe off water.

With a steady hand, slide the HOT blade 
of the off-set spatula along the cold frosting,
in one direction.

Keep the off-set spatula HOT, by continuing to 
place it in the hot water.

The result:
A SMOOTH frosted appearance on your cake.



And finally, Miette adorns the TOP of their cakes with signature flowers.  

For my carrot cake, I carefully placed eight small candy carrots; and I couldn't be more pleased with my fancy Carrot Cake

Happy Spring, friends! 





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9 comments:

  1. I love carrot cake and all its variations. Yours is spectacular in a very classy and understated way. Those tips are great, I am normally more of a slap it on and hope it tastes good kind of girl but for a special occasion all that extra trouble you have gone to has definitely paid off!

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    1. Hi Julia! Thanks so much for coming by!
      I hope you give this simple technique a try some time! Let me know how it turns out :0)
      Have a great weekend,
      Suzanne

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  2. This looks amazing! Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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  3. You did an excellent job. I no longer need a big-o-cake anymore. A six inch cake sounds perfect.

    Madonna
    MakeMIneLemon

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  4. Oh wow, this look so beautiful and sounds delicious. I will definitely make one. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  5. You did a beautiful job!

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  6. so beautiful I would hate to cut it but would enjoy eating it!! Love those tiny carrots!

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  7. I love carrot cake, I can never stop at one slice. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Happy Easter, have a great weekend!

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  8. Hello Suzanne, your cake looks marvelous - I am delighted to share that your post will be featured in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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