Aspiring Bakers #18: Layers of Love (April 2012)

It is with great pleasure that I announce that I will be hosting Aspiring Bakers’ 18th Baking Event. The theme for this month will be Layered Cakes!! Aspiring Bakers is a monthly baking event meant to encourage and ASPIRE bakers to bake according to a new theme each month.

Opera Cake

I suggested a layered cake theme, because what is life without cakes? I don’t believe I would be able to survive in a cakeless world! If you think back to your favourite celebrations, chances are many of them have involved candles flickering over beautiful cakes. Be it birthdays, Christmases, weddings, convocations or other milestones we celebrate in life, cakes are significant and often central to most of these events.

In my case, when I look back on these events, the first thing that comes to my mind would be the cakes I baked! I thought to myself; what could be more lovely than a cake? It would be a home-made cake baked with LOVE! That is, to me, the icing on the cake (literally).

With that in mind, this month’s theme is to make frosted layered cakes! Red Velvet, Black Forest and Tuxedo cakes are some popular examples, but new creations are certainly welcome! Some examples of cake layers include jaconde, chiffon, sponge, butter cakes, dacquoise, mousse cakes, cheesecakes, ice-cream cakes, chiffon,  etc.

Here are some rules for joining this event!

What are we looking for

  • Cake has to be at least 3 layers. No maximum.    Sorry no traditional kue lapis this month! 
  • Cake exterior has to be at least partially frosted or decorated - Frosting examples include but are not limited to ganache, buttercream, whipped cream, jelly etc.
    • You can choose to frost just the top, just the sides, or the entire cake if you wish.
    • If you do decide not to frost and instead to decorate your cake, make sure there are no bare spots! An example for decorating the top would be Tiramisu which has cocoa powder sifted on the top. For the sides, an example would be lady fingers or kit-kat bars surrounding the entire cake.

Kit Kat Cake

Please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment if you have any questions!

Who can join?

  • Everyone! (if you do not own a blog, just send me a photo and recipe of your cake)

White Chocolate Flourless Cake

How to join?

Step 1 :
Make a layered cake, in the month of April 2012.

Step 2 :
Post it on your blog between 01 April 2012 and30 April 2012.
Your post must include the recipe or link to the original recipe. If you are using a recipe from a book, please include the title of the book. This is only good blogging etiquette! :)
Any entries that are posted outside the date range will not be accepted. 
Any entries that do not include a recipe or link to the original recipe will not be accepted too. 

Step 3 :
Please mention that you are submitting your post to Aspiring Bakers #18: Layers of Love (April 2012) hosted by Sam of Sweet Samsations and provide a link back to this post HERE.
Entries will not be accepted if the above is not included. 

Step 4 :
Email to samsumarli@gmail.com in the following format:

Your name (or pseudonym):
Name of your blog: (not URL. For example, mine is Sweet Samsations. I’ve been getting a lot of URLs! lol)
Name of your cake:
URL of your post:
URL of your photo (one photo per entry):
(alternatively, you can attach your photo in your email, preferably less than 500kb and .jpg format)

Please use “Aspiring Bakers #18″ as your email subject. You may submit more than 1 entry.

The roundup will be posted on 01 May 2012.

I greatly look forward to all your delicious and creative recipes!!

Red Velvet Layered Cake

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If you are interested to find out what’s on the previous Aspiring Bakers #17: March Macaron Madness! (Mar 2012) entries, hosted by Alan of Travelling Foodies, see the roundup HERE.

Cheers!!!


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