Party Cake with the Daring Bakers

So I’m a Daring Baker! Finally! I have been waiting for this for a few months now. I remember how excited I was the first time I read about them. A baking club! I wanted to join right that second! I don’t know if I have ever been a member of anything… maybe the gym but I never go so I guess it doesn’t count.
This first challenge, hosted by Morven, was wonderful. Perfect for Easter. It really represents what my idea of what an American cake is like. Fluffy icing, moist cake and sweetened coconut. I could already visualize what my photograph was going to look like before I even made the cake. White, white, white… and fluffy.

The cake was easy to throw together. Not temperamental at all while baking, but surprisingly delicate when I went to slice it. The raspberry preserves soaked the cake with sweetness and additional moistness. I let the assembled cake sit on the counter for about 3 hours before cutting it and it really made a big difference. It was super moist and all the flavors blended together.
The buttercream is also very light and tasty and the lemon juice brought it to life. My problem with buttercream is that sometimes it has a very heavy mouth feel, almost greasy. Do you know when you have buttercream made out of butter and powdered sugar and it becomes grainy and a little dry? I do not like that. I like Italian and Swiss buttercreams because it creates an airy product. The addition of the lemon eliminated a little of that “fatty” taste.

Sometimes C. is afraid to taste my desserts because he feels like his taste is not sophisticated enough for me. He is afraid to hurt my feelings if he says he doesn’t like a certain macaroon I made or this or that. But he LOVED this cake. It’s exactly his type of dessert…. and mine!

I cannot wait until next month!

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68 Responses to “Party Cake with the Daring Bakers”

  1. Aran- Welcome to the Daring Bakers!Your cake looks gorgeous! I love the pretty berries tumbling around it. Great job!

  2. Laurie says:

    Congratulations and welcome from a newbie! This was my first challenge also.
    My husband is basque too…:)

  3. Pixie says:

    Your cake turned out beautiful, well done!

  4. Congratulations on your first challenge! Your cake looks beautiful! Very well done!



  5. linda says:

    Congratulations on your first challenge! It looks just perfect, love the fruit on top.

  6. Hi!! Wow, your cake looks so pretty =)

  7. angie says:

    ¡Hola! Me encanta tu tarta, ¡es perfecta!

  8. A. Grace says:

    good lord in heaven, that is breathtakingly beautiful! i’m not sure i’ve ever seen such a perfect creation–very, very nicely done!

  9. Ann says:

    Welcome to Daring Bakers! And your first challenge is a knock-out (not surprisingly)!

  10. Hi!

    I saw your picture on the DB blog and could not help but click to see your post – like always: Great pictures and a pleasure to read.

    I have to post my results later today… (also “a newbie” ;-)

  11. Rachel says:

    Very well done first challenge :)

  12. Aran, it looks just gorgeous! I couldn’t wait to see what your cake turned out looking like! Fantastic! Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

  13. PAT A BAKE says:

    Lovely looking snow-white cake and the strawberries and those berries made it look..OH SO NICE. Well done first challenge …:)..impressed.

  14. Meeta says:

    Congrats on a fantastic first challenge Aran. This looks simply out of this world!

  15. You did a wonderful job on your cake and welcome to the Daring Bakers!

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  16. Wow! You did an amazing job! I love the berry mix.

    xoxox Amy

  17. Bridget says:

    Yum! What a beautiful cake! I’ve thought the same about buttercream when I’ve made it. I’ll have to try this recipe with the lemon. Thanks!

  18. *fanny* says:

    Aran your close-ups are gorgeous! Sooo inspiring.

  19. You cake looks fantastic Aran, SO sophisticated and pretty!!!

  20. enza says:

    great job and great photos!
    wpuld you like to see my cake?
    I wrote some considerations I’d like to know your opinion.
    It has been write in english despite I’m italian :D

  21. enza says:

    I found the buttercream too greasy, according to you.

  22. Aran-

    Beautiful job with the cake! I liked the buttercream too. Usually I scrape most of the buttercream off when someone gives me cake…

    I just wanted to say I really appreciate that you take time to comment on my blog! You always say such nice, thoughtful things.

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  24. I so want a slice of that beauty right now, it looks scrumptious!

  25. Dhanggit says:

    welcome to the daring bakers!! what a beautiful and sublime entry for your first challenge!! well done :-)

  26. Amy J. says:

    Yum, how pretty! I’m so enjoying everyone’s creations!

  27. Suzana says:

    Aran, that’s an awesome and beautiful cake! Great job on the challenge. Welcome to the bunch! :)

  28. Welcome and congrats on your first completed challenge! That last pic is gorgeous; the strawberries against the white!

  29. Congrats on your splendid first challenge Aran…it’s fantastic. The slice is perfect…& the cake baeutiful! Well done…welcome to DBs!!

  30. Veron says:

    congrats on completing your first challenge, Aran. this looks gorgeous!

  31. You’re a natural addition to the DB’ers, Aran! Welcome!

    Your cake is, of course, BEAUTIFUL!

  32. Nikki says:

    Congrats on your first challenge! And, wow, your cake rose beautifully!

  33. mimi says:

    your cake looks lovely with the fresh fruit! and i love your cake pedestal too!

  34. Claire says:

    Good job! Welcome. I’m glad everyone enjoyed it.

  35. Aran says:

    Thank you everybody for stopping by to see how my first Db challenge turned out. I appreciate all your kind comments.
    usually, I’m very good at responding to everyone but I’ve had a hectic weekend so it’s been hard but I will stop by your blogs to see how your challenges came out.
    Thank you!

  36. cookworm says:

    Beautiful job on the challenge…those big blackberries are just mouthwatering. I’m so glad you joined the Daring Bakers!

  37. Congrats on such a beautiful cake! And welcome too!

  38. Tartelette says:

    Beautiful job on your first challenge! Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

  39. That is simply such a perfect slice. Even and neat 4 layers of cake with just the perfectly spread icing layer between each slice … couldn’t look more tempting. I would love to eat your cake …. i mean the whole thing all by myself !

  40. Sherry says:

    It looks wonderful and delicious! I love coconut cakes.

  41. Lesley says:

    What a tall and gorgeous result you have!
    Welcome to the DBs!!

  42. C.L. says:

    I sooo wish I could have been a part of the Daring Bakers this month, but next month I start. Your cake is gorgeous! You did a WONDERFUL job!


  43. Your cake turned out beautiful Aran! Love it! Thanks for the info about the Martha Stewart cupcake competition! I saw the info about it on flickr, but couldn’t figure out where to submit the photos too…do you know?

  44. Nan says:

    Congratulations on your first challenge…your cake is absolutely beautiful! I mean, that thing is picture perfect (straight out of a magazine or something). I just found your blog and I’m looking forward to reading more!

  45. pixie says:

    what a fbulous first challenge! stunning berry cake! wish we had fresh blackberries and raspberries here that don’t cost an arm and a leg!

  46. Welcome to DB! Your cake is miles high, how lucky for you, I’m so jealous.

  47. giz says:

    The bar just keeps getting raised for DB. I’ve always wanted to join but am intimidated by it all. Maybe we could start a baking partnering thing where novice bakers (like me) can learn from experienced bakers. What a great idea.

  48. Mary says:

    Your cake is so perfect and gorgeous. Nice job on your challenge!

  49. Cakelaw says:

    Hi Aran, what a gorgeous cake! The berries on top are a perfect addition.

  50. marye says:

    Fantastic cake! I love the berries!

  51. TERESA says:

    Hi Aran , It´s so beautiful¡¡¡¡

    El pastel es precioso Aran, la verdad es que esto del Daring Baker está genial, a mi tambien me ha gustado mucho participar, y como tu dices, ya tengo ganas de empezar con el siguiente reto y eso que aun no nos hemos terminado la tarta¡¡¡¡

    Felicidades por tu pastel.


  52. Namratha says:

    Looks gorgeous, the fruit against the white cake…heavenly!

  53. chou says:

    Congrats! Such a beautiful cake. And your lemon olive oil madeleines sound absolutely divine.

  54. Kelly-Jane says:

    Welocme to the Daring Bakers, and well done on a lovely first challenge :)

    You have a great blog here!

  55. Deborah says:

    What a beautiful cake! And your photos are equally as beautiful. Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

  56. Dayna says:

    Yours is such a stunning cake, it’s flawless and really caught my eye. I almost couldn’t imagine having to cut into it. Good thing it’s delicious, it makes it easier to destroy:)

  57. B says:

    well, I’m with your son now… “coco, coco” for sweet… It looks so pue and white and it reminds me of the happy days back home with the “palmeras de coco” or “palmeras de chocolate” for this matter… somethings never change!

  58. Candace says:

    Wow! Fantastic blog! Thank you for posting on by blog so I could find yours. I’ve added you to my fav’s too.

    Beautiful cake, and photos of it!

  59. Jenny says:

    Beautifully done – your layers are so perfect!

  60. Awesome debut! Your cake is beautiful :)

  61. What a lovely blog site you have. Great photos. I shall be back before the next DB challenge date!

  62. Anonymous says:

    Hi – this recipe sounds like exactly what I’ve been looking for! Would you mind sharing it?

    Thank you,

  63. Aran says:

    Julia- I never posted it but you can find the recipe here (same one I used)

  64. Unknown says:

    wheres the vanilla butter cream recipe for the macaroons?

  65. Andrea says:

    It looks amazingly delicious!

  66. taryn says:

    can you please send me the recipe for the coconut berry topped layered with raspberry and butter cream party cake, can t see recicpe,,??

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