I had so much fun putting together this tutorial for the faith cake! Oh, who am I kidding. It was a pain! I just hope its enough information to get you through.
I am very new to tutorials, so if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me anytime!
This cake I did not bake from scratch. To be honest, I have not found a good vanilla/white cake recipe yet! (if you know of one please point me in the right direction!) So! If you are a true foodie and my 'box' cake offends you, please, turn away now! Your not gonna like what you see.
To make this cake you will need:
2 boxes White Cake
1 box Devils Food Cake
1 cup veg. shortening (do NOT use butter flavor. seriously. just take my word for it.)
1 cup room temperature butter
2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
8 cups sifted (sifting is a must!) confectioners sugar (powder sugar)
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon milk
Cream together shortening and butter until light and fluffy. And extracts, mix until combined. Add sugar, one or two cups at a time, until fully incorporated. The frosting should look dry. You can now add the milk to get a smoother, glossier, and easier to spread consistency. (if you need to add some milk after 4 cups of sugar you can)
You will be using an 8in or 9in round cake pan (its totally up to you!) for the white cake. You will need to make four layers.
I froze my layers for at least an hour before assembling the cake. This steps makes your life SO much easier, I promise. You can also freeze them overnight to save time!
For the devils food, bake the cake in a rectangle pan. I'll tell you more about that in a second.
For now, lets look at some pictures.
The white cake.
The white cakes leveled.
This is the devils food cake. Before I removed it from the pan and crumbled it and added some frosting to make it stick together... I cut out this shape. (I just used a piece of tupperware that was about the right size)
(For one box of devils food cake add approximately 1/2 cup frosting. Blend with a fork or your hand to incorporate.)
Cut the same shape out of the white cake.
That devils food is going to fit perfectly into the white cake!
Now, to get started with assembly. Put one layer of your white cake on your plate. Add about 1/2 cup frosting and add another layer. Add another 1/2 cup frosting and add your layer with the cutout.
Go ahead and add your devils piece into the white layer.
Add some frosting around the edges.
(the next step you can save until last, but I had to start now because my cake was getting so tall.)
Now go ahead and take a round cookie cutter or a smaller drinking glass or anything that is a smaller round shape and cut out a whole. You will need to go through all layers of the cake. Get a fork or spoon and carefully scoop out the excess cake.
I still have another layer to add... so I will just put it on top and then guesstimate where the hole was.
Now remember that devils food cake that we crumbled and added some frosting too to make it more usable?
We are going to fill up the entire hole with this cake mixture. Just start stuffing cake in there until its all full. (This works MUCH better if your white cake is frozen or very chilled)
Next is the crumb coat layer. (Want to know what a crumb coat is? Want to learn how to do one? Click here.)
After I added the crumb coat layer I threw this bad boy in the freezer and went to bed.
When I opened my freezer in the morning it magically looked like this!
I'm kidding. This was after I added another layer of frosting. Dont be shy with your frosting! This cake is big and can handle it.
Next I started decorating... and I am sorry... but I only got pictures of the finished product.
If you want to try the technique I did... I think the technical term is 'swirly thingies'... get a piping bag and a decorating tip and practice on a piece of paper. Practice makes perfect! (and as you can tell, I am still practicing!)
This cake is a big boy. This swirling stuff took me about an hour. Then I got frustrated and went back in and added dots. I didnt like that either so I added red dots. Then I gave up.
And this is what you see after you eat three pieces cut into your cake.
Hence the name, 'Faith Cake'.
Ok. I'm ready for it. Be honest now... do you think you'll try and make one? :)