Last week, the wife half of this couple celebrated a birthday, and the awesome husband half arranged a suprise birthday dinner at one of their favorite Mexican restaurants. To complete the celebration, he asked that I make a cake (gluten-free of course). Eek!
Now, to be clear, I did not make a cake from scratch. Gluten-free cake mixes have come a long way, and seemed to be a safer route to a quality cake. I've no doubt that scratch recipes might turn out a better quality cake (just like they might turn out a better result than a 'regular' cake mix); I also have no doubt that there is more room for error and more things to go wrong. I used Pamela's Chocolate Cake mix. We used Pamela's pancake mix for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper with great results (not grainy, tastes like pancake), so I didn't hesitate to grab her mix for this project, too. Best compliment? A non-gluten free party guest raved about how delicious the cake was!
So now that you know how I made the cake, what about the decorating? Well, the week before I noticed a flower pot cake in the Williams Sonoma catalog that provided the inspiration (you can order your own here). In order to be sure we had enough cake, I also made some cupcakes to stretch (and to work for the little ones who attended!). Enjoy!
|All decorated and ready for the knife...|
|...and the inside shot!|