A few weeks ago my daughter celebrated her birthday. She is now officially past the princess stage and recently declared herself a “tomboy.” Ironically, when I was around her age I also made the same proclamation.
So what do you make for a self-proclaimed tomboy, who in your eyes, is still your little princess? A pink tomboy cake! It was all too perfect that one of my favorite books, Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop, had a Strawberry Tomboy Cake! I’ve only been to Miette in the SF Ferry Building once and I was definitely overstimulated. I had a macaron or two or three and was in heaven.
As a simple topper for the cake, I had ordered some gum paste plumerias from Sweet Bouquet–an Etsy shop. Olga, the Etsy store owner, made the beautiful ranunculus flower that I used for my anniversary cake. If you haven’t done so already, stop by her Etsy store. She does beautiful work.
In my last cake post (celebrating an anniversary, eclipse, and ombre) I had promised to take more photos of the steps it takes to make a cake. Having my iPhone nearby was the key. Although these aren’t as sharp as photos taken with my Nikon, they are pretty darn good for a phone camera.
This is where I have to apologize. As much as I want to share the step-by-step instructions on how to make this cake, it is a multi-step and fairly complicated cake to make despite the simplicity look of it. Instead I give you some visual pics compliments of my iPhone. I know, I know, I am going against my number one belief that sharing recipes is a must, but hang tight I have a surprise!
Here is a quick peak at the making of the double chocolate cake.
Now for the strawberry-raspberry buttercream.
And finally the assembly of the cake.
Now on to my surprise! To make up for not posting ingredients and instructions on how to make this Double Chocolate Cake with Strawberry-Raspberry Buttercream . . . I am giving away a copy of Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop book! To enter, simply leave your answer to the following question in the comments section of this post.
There are three recipes in this book that I would love to try in the near future: Lime Meringue Tart, Graham Crackers, and Fleur de Sel Caramels. If you had a copy of this book, which of the three would you try first?
I am going to keep the rules of this giveaway simple.
- To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell me which of the three recipes above you would try first if you had a copy of the book.
Deadline to enter is Saturday, July 7, 2012 (all comments dated prior or on this date will be accepted). Sorry giveaway is closed. Winner has been selected at random.
- A winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, July 8, 2012.
Come on! Who wouldn’t want this book?!
One last Happy Birthday to my little girl, umm I mean tomboy! Love you . . . you will always be my baby girl no matter what. Boy do they sure grow up quickly.
A huge thank you to all who took the time to enter this giveaway. I truly appreciate your continued support. A winner has been chosen at random using Random.org! Congratulations to Lisa from Sweeterrific.com!