This month's Daring Bakers challenge is Dorie Greenspan's "Perfect Party Cake" from Baking from My Home to Yours. It was thoughtfully chosen by Morven of Food Art and Random Thoughts to allow for a great deal of personal expression in flavor and decoration. The flavors as written, lemon and raspberry, sounded so good, that they were the one thing I didn't change for my egg and milk free adaptation. Dorie Greenspan has many justifiably dedicated fans, but I've never attempted any of her recipes before.
The substitutions for the cake were very straightforward: lemon juice + soy milk for the buttermilk, Ener-G Egg Replacer for the egg whites, and Earth Balance Buttery Sticks for the butter. Unfortunately, the cake didn't rise very well at all, and I wasn't able to slice my two cakes into additional layers.
After some experimentation, I was able to come up with a good substitute for the eggs in the buttercream, which was luscious and not too sweet. (See my previous post.) Even better, I had some of my mom's homemade raspberry preserves to use in the filling for the center.
Although the lack of rise was disappointing, the crumb was amazing, softly melting in my mouth. The lemon flavor was a little overpowering, somewhat out of balance with the raspberry, but then again, I was missing two layers of it! I'm afraid I used up all my creativity on the buttercream, so you'll need to go see what everyone else did to decorate some truly beautiful cakes!