Tennis-Themed Ube Cake

Last week, a tennis buff friend celebrated his birthday.  I thought I’d challenge myself a little and make him a tennis-themed birthday cake…like I need to challenge myself further. :P  If you’re one of  three people who read this blog regularly, then you know how my fondant journey didn’t really start off smoothly.  So there, a themed cake is indeed an extra challenge.

One more thing about the birthday boy, he loves ube.  Taking a cue from my recent Banana Fudge Layer Cake success, which is but a tweaked cake mix recipe, I went on to make ube cake.  And because ube is usually paired with macapuno, I filled and frosted the cake with coconut-flavored buttercream.

Here’s how the decorated cake turned out…

I have to say, I was very pleased!  Look Mom, no cracks!  Well, at least none that are readily visible.  Hee hee! :P  I used fondant for the decorations.  Hubby was very pleased with the details as well.  There was a different excitement about him.  I’d say he was impressed.  Haha!

Tennis rackets…check.  Tennis bag…check.  Tennis balls…check.  Towel…check.  The towel was just a last minute addition.  I was already packing away my decorating tools when I thought there was something missing.  For the strings on the tennis racket, I used buttercream.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a photo of the sliced cake.  The recipe is as follows:

INGREDIENTS:

1 package Dundan Hines Moist Deluxed Yellow Cake Mix (or your yellow cake mix of choice)
1 1/3 cups water
3 eggs
1/3 cup butter (or vegetable oil as the original recipe calls for)
1 cup grated boiled ube
purple food coloring

1.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
2.  Combine cake mix, water, eggs and oil in large bowl.  Beat at low speed with electric mixer until moistened.  Beat at medium speed 2 minutes.  Stir in ube.  Add food coloring.
3.  Pour into prepared pans.  Bake at 350F for 28-31 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans 15 minutes.  remove from pans; cool completely.
4.  Fill and frost cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows).

Coconut Buttercream Frosting

INGREDIENT: (for Medium Consistency)

1 cup solid white vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon coconut extract or coconut essence
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon water (you can use milk instead of water but it will make your icing more perishable.)
1 lb. pure cane confectioners’ sugar (approximately 4 cups)
1 tablespoons Wilton Meringue Powder
a pinch of salt (about 1/8 tsp.)

PROCEDURE

1.  Cream shortening, flavor and water.
2.  Add dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed together.
3.  Add more water, a little at a time, if needed until your desired consistency/spreadability is achieved.
4.  Blend an additional minute or so, until creamy.

I personally think the cake could be better.  The ube taste was too faint, for me.  But Hubby said he could taste it, which was also what some of my friends had to say.  I also think the buttercream could use a wee bit more of the coconut extract.  When you make the buttercream, be sure to check if you have enough of the coconut taste. :)  Whether you have enough coconut extract or nut, the buttercream will taste great.  A tablespoon of buttercream has 90 calories…just so you know, in case you’re on a weight loss mission. :)

I’ve been baking and decorating a cake every week for the last 3 weeks.  And I will be baking and decorating a few more in the coming weeks.  So please, don’t get tired of my cake posts just yet.  Pretty please?  I promise to “insert” non-cake posts in between cake posts!  Hee hee.


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14 Responses to “Tennis-Themed Ube Cake”

  1. JO says:

    wow! I am very impressed!

    Here’s your next challenge — A newly wed couple went through airport security the other day. They have a cake with them. The design were 2 shoe boxes of Prada [one on top of the other, sort of overlapping] and on top of the boxes were 2 pairs of high heels. It was hard to believe that it’s cake!!!
    .-= JO´s last blog ..The Perfect Gift =-.

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    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Jo! Thank you very much! Tama bang bigyan ako ng challenge?! Hahaha! Sige, I will try to take you up on your challenge before the year ends. *cross fingers*

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    mary graham Reply:

    this is amazing I would love you to make the same cake for my friends mum who is a real Andy Murray fan and loves tennis.
    she will be 90 on 20th December 2010.

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    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Mary! Thank you for dropping by! I think anyone who has ever played with clay/play-doh will appreciate making fondant figures. You have plenty of time between now and December 20th to get ready and surprise your friend’s mum with a tennis-themed birthday cake. :) Cheers!

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  2. Jessi says:

    I think it looks absolutely amazing! Great job.

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    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Jessi! Thank you! :)

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  3. Nice details on your cake! Looking forward to more of your cake posts! :)
    .-= Mommyhood Moments´s last blog ..Help for Ondoy Victims =-.

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    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Mommyhood Moments! Thank you! The architect in me tries to take over whenever I decorate cakes, specially when it comes to little details, which I think is a good thing. More cake posts coming up, that I can promise you! Hee hee! :)

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  4. Pinky says:

    My, oh, my! Truly a work of (and for!) Art – hahaha! You just take my breath away everytime with your beautiful creations! :)
    .-= Pinky´s last blog ..LP #78: Tamad =-.

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    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Awww, Pinks! Thanks! :)

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  5. Roselyn says:

    Hello there! Do you know that your beautiful cake was mentioned in tennis.com? That’s why I found your site (obviously, I’m a tennis fan myself!). Here’s the link: http://www.tennis.com/backcourt/general/backcourt.aspx?id=189442 I just want to add that your cakes are awesome.
    .-= Roselyn´s last blog ..Matcha Harmony v.2 =-.

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    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Roselyn! Yes, yes, I know that my cake was mentioned in Tennis.com. I even told my Facebook friends about it. I’ve been meaning to write a post about it to share my excitement but I always end up posting an entry about something else. Thank you for dropping by to let me know and for saying that my cakes are awesome. *blushes*

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