My oldest friend's future son-in-law has asked me to bake a birthday cake for her 60th birthday, to be presented at his wedding to her daughter. Although I've made a few baked desserts that were very successful, I tried to explain that I'm basically a cook and that baking is not my strong suit. I mean, I use cake mixes and doctor them up - my biggest success has always been the Paula Deen "Cool & Creamy" Coconut Cake. My friend is handling the catering at the wedding, but her family want to surprise her with the cake, so they don't want it to come through the caterers. "It's really only symbolic - we'll wheel it out after we cut the wedding cake. She'll blow out the candles, they'll take it away, cut it up and have it on the buffet, along with the wedding cake." Oh, well, okay, I'm figuring - if it's just a symbol, I'll do a Red Velvet cake (from a mix) with cream cheese frosting (from a can). But no, the kicker is, he tells me, that it has to be kosher. And it's a meat meal, so no dairy. (I have no idea what sort of wedding cake they're having, with that restriction.) So I was thinking about maybe trying the approximate the cream cheese frosting using the tofu cream cheese product and mixing it with powdered sugar.
Does anybody have any good ideas for this cake-mix-reliant baker? I have 5 months to practice and get it right.