This weekend i got to visit one of my very bestest friends in atlanta.
Here are some of the highlights I want to share with you:
The 1st most place I HAD to visit was the MLK National Historical Site and it was pretttty aaamazing. I can't imagine believing so much in something that I would risk my life for it.
The 2nd most place I wanted to visit was Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea party and #foodblogger problems, the man at the counter wouldn't let me take photos...to which I quietly remarked that there were pictures on yelp...followed by a hard slap in the arm from my friend. We left scone-less and decided we weren't cool enough in that part of town. However, our luck got better at the Cakes & Ale Bakery where the baristas gave us a free cup of oolong and capuccino!
My friend asked me if it was alright if she took me to a salad party to celebrate the birthday of her friend's beloved stuffed animal giraffe, Monica, AND she really wanted me to go so I could meet her "quirky" friends. She was positive we'd all love each other.
Turns out my suspicions were true, by "quirky" she totally meant totally 100% awesome hipster people. So over prepared me, I showed up in my boho floral pants and all was great. We all sat around a coffee table studded with hippie salad toppings, like chickpeas and spinach greens with brightly colored party hats and mojitos. Then the most awesome thing happened--the host pulled out a giraffe print cake! My night was made.
Giraffe Print Cakes
serves a party full of hipsters (~10)
Giraffe Print Cake
1/3 c veggie oil
4 egg yolks
1/2 c water
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
200g cake flour
200 g sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
4 egg whites
1/2 c sifted hershey's special dark cocoa powder
2 sticks unsalted butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
various brightly colored non-pareils (lime green, blue, yellow and orange)
flower shaped sprinkles
1) Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2) Whisk together the oil + yolks. Then add the water and vanilla extract, whisk.
3) Sift together the flour, 1/3 of the sugar, baking powder and salt onto a piece of parchment paper.
4) Add mixture into the egg yolk mixture and whip on high speed for 1 min. Reserve.
5) Whip the egg whites on high speed until foamy, then add the rest of the sugar. Beat until stiff peak form.
6) Gently fold egg whites into the reserved batter.
7) Fill a piping bag fitted with a 1/2" tip with ~1 1/2 c batter and pipe random connected circles across the whole sheet tray. This will create the yellow spots in the giraffe pattern.
8) Gently fold in the cocoa powder into the remaining batter.
9) Meanwhile, bake yellow pattern for ~2-3 mins until puffy.
10) Remove baking sheet from oven and dollop chocolate batter evenly across surface. With an offset spatula, very gently spread chocolate batter across the whole surface. Be careful to move only the chocolate batter keeping enough batter under the spatula as you do so to create a cushion between the pattern below.
11) Bake for 10 mins or until just firm. Let cool to room temp.
12) Make the sprinkle frosting by beating together the softened butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Go crazy with the sprinkles and add to your liking. Mix on low speed to incorporate.
12) Using a 3" circle cutter, cut out circles and set aside.
13) Top a circle with 1 heaping tablespoon of frosting and spread to edges and beyond. The extra frosting will serve as decoration.
14) Top with another circle of cake. Then using spatula, smooth out frosting that is coming out from between the layers.
15) To create the larger cake, use a 4 1/2" circle cutter and cut out 3 circles. Fill with frosting and top with 2 additional layers to make a 3 tiered cake.
Happy birthday, Monica!