It was my dad`s birthday two weeks ago and I decided I wanted to make him a cake. Several problems with this idea, though. Problem 1: He doesn`t like “American” cakes because they`re always too sweet for him. Problem 2: I don`t have any other cake recipes aside from “American” cakes.
I came up with an idea to make him a cake they sell at Chinese bakeries, because those aren`t too sweet. I Googled and found a recipe! I was so ecstatic to try making it.
Let me tell you, if you didn`t know already, making a layered cake takes a LOT of time. I mean, I figured they were very time-consuming. But, wow. Luckily, I love baking, so all of this was pretty new and exciting for me. However, I`m pretty sure I didn`t know what I was doing most of the time. The only sure thing I knew I was doing right was baking the cake.
The picture of the cake above looks odd because I made this cake at my campus apartment and by the time I transferred it to home…well, transporting cake isn`t easy. By the time we were going to surprise my dad, 1 raspberry fell off, the frosting touched the sides of my cake carrier, and the juice from the fruits were leaking onto the frosting.
Hey, it was my first layered cake, so I was more proud than anything! 🙂
It was a tiny cake and the layers were really thin (about half an inch) but, it was perfect for my family since my parents aren`t too big on eating cakes. I was nervous because I couldn`t try the cake beforehand, so I didn`t know if it was going to be good or not. Thankfully, it was DELICIOUS. I`m not a much of cake lover, but I would definitely eat this cake again. I even had two servings in sitting! My youngest sister and boyfriend was surprised at how much they each like it as well!
I also added toasted sweetened coconut at the bottom of the cake after I took the picture. They were a perfect addition, I must say. I suggest you to do the same, but add them right before serving so the coconut stays crunchy.
Unfortunately, my dad didn`t like the cake because he said it was too sweet. He admits it was a good cake, but it wasn`t his cup of tea. So, don`t let that keep you from making this cake if you`re interested!
I noted that this cake took me two days to make. I baked the cake on the first day and made everything else the next day. I am nowhere near perfect at making cakes, as this was totally new to me. But the directions are what I did to make the cake pictured above. 🙂