How did I get connected with Holt?? Well, it all started when earlier this week at my daughter’s school a parent of one of my daughter’s classmates saw my blog and the cakes I make. She sweetly asked me if I’d be willing to put a cake up for auction for this weekend! Whew!! – not much time!! I only had a few days, so I had to keep the design pretty simple and also make something that would be finished and sitting out for a few days. So, I made my yuuuummmmy dark chocolate mudcake (which tastes like truffles) filled with swiss meringue vanilla bean buttercream and dark chocolate ganache. The bottom tier is four 6″ layers and the top is two 5″ layers. All the black decorations are modeling chocolate colored black…and it tastes weird! I can’t stand the taste of food coloring and for some reason I had to add quite a bit of it to get it black black…so, the flavor is off. But it smells good!!
The logo on the front is Holt’s new logo and the hand painted saying on the top tier is their new slogan, “From your heart to your home”. It was a fun, and quick, cake to make!!
OH, and I also made a new fondant and LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! You can find the recipe here…I’ve made it before but it seemed complicated before…however I do remember liking it. So, I tried it again and truly adore it! The steps were easy to follow (I used milk instead of cream), although I totally ruined my first batch by trying to make it in the kitchenaid mixer. The next time I mixed it/kneaded it by hand and it was perfect!! It is SOO much less sticky than the marshmallow and it doesn’t sweat when you take it out of the fridge. It was just so easy to work with! Next time though I will only add about 3 pounds of powdered sugar, let it sit up a bit, and then add more if necessary. I got a bit of elephant skin around the bottom when smoothing it…probably user error – I added too much powdered sugar.
So, try it out and see if you like it! It’s wonderful!!
Thanks for looking!