I made this golf themed cake for my brother-in-law, Josh, for his birthday.
And, SURPRISE, the cake was PLAID inside! :)
For this cake I used a new recipe that is so good! I had heard about it a long time ago, but had never tried it. It is a white almond sour cream cake. Here is a link to the recipe that I used, and here is a link to the same person's recipe, just written a little differently. I highly recommend trying this recipe out.
So, this is how I made the inside of the cake plaid. After mixing my cake batter I separated it about in half and then took out a small portion from one of the bowls. (Sorry, I don't have exact measurements that I used.) In the bowl with the majority of the batter I added blue food coloring to make a light blue shade. In the bowl with the small portion of batter I added blue food coloring to make a darker shade of blue. I left the last bowl of batter white. When pouring the batter into the pans I used my checkerboard cake pan set. In two of the pans I poured the white batter in the center circle and the outer rings. Then in the same pans I poured the light blue batter in the middle rings. In the third pan I poured the light blue batter in the center circle and the outer ring, and then poured the dark blue batter in the middle ring of that pan. This is how the batter looked in the pans ready to go into the oven.
After baking I flipped the cakes out of their pans after 15 minutes and let them finish cooling completely. Then I leveled the tops of the cakes.
When stacking the cakes I put one of the white cakes on the bottom, the all blue cake next for the middle layer, and the other white cake went on top. I used orange buttercream icing in between each cake layer. (My brother-in-law is a Broncos fan, so I figured I'd incorporate those colors into his golf cake. :) ) Later when you cut into the cake you have plaid inside! :)
I put a 1-1/2 inch strip of white fondant around the bottom of the cake. Then I used a grass tip to cover the rest of the cake with green buttercream icing. I made a diamond template that was 1 inch in diameter and about 1-1/2 inches tall. I rolled out blue and orange fondant and cut out enough diamonds to go around the cake. I attached the diamonds to the white strip at the bottom of the cake, and then drew on the dotted black diamonds with a black food coloring marker. I made mini golf balls and placed them around the top edge of the cake.
The golf tees are lollipop sticks covered in fondant and shaped to look like a tee. Originally I was going to make cake balls for the golf balls on top of the tees, but my golf ball candy mold was still packed from moving, and I didn't have time to find it. So, I just made them out of fondant and painted the letters on with black food coloring. I may have used my black food coloring marker for the letters, I don't remember now which it was. :) I stuck the golf tees into the cake and attached the golf balls to the tops of the tees.
I really liked the look of this cake, and I was excited about the plaid inside! :) And everyone loved the new recipe that I used for the cake. It was delicious. :)
Afterwards I used the cake scraps that were leftover from leveling the cakes to make some cake balls.
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