Josephine from Madison, WI (2018 Week 1: Cakes)




Madison, WI

Baking Challenge

Hidden Design Cake

Give your cake a name based on the ingredients and decoration – and tell us about the origin of your recipe.

Wisconsin Winter Cake – I was really inspired by the snow (especially given how much rain there is in Madison now), so I wanted a cake that looked pastel and light on the outside, with a bright big W when you cut it open. I went with modified red velvet cake Ws inside a funfetti cake, topped with cereal flavored whipped cream (made by soaking fruity pebbles in heavy cream, straining it, then whipping).

Tell us about your proudest moment – or humble failure – in this week’s baking challenge.

I’ve never done chocolate and sugar work on a cake, so the decorations were a challenge. Despite burning myself a few times, I was finally able to get a hard candy pattern that looked lake-like. Then I started assembling the ice fishing bears. After some friendly Wisconsinites reminded me about the need for my gummy bears to be protected from the weather, I also made a tempered chocolate shanty. I’m really glad all the decorations stayed on the cake!

Describe how you added a Wisconsin twist to your creation.

The big W is for Wisconsin (of course!), and I went with an ice fishing theme because it’s such a great Wisconsin winter activity. All dairy used in the cake (milk, buttermilk, heavy cream), and eggs, were from Wisconsin farms.

How did you do?

Pleasantly satisfied.