We're going to be celebrating my mother's birthday this weekend and I'm not familiar with bakeries in Houston. We'll be in the Cypress Fairbanks area, but don't mind going downtown or other places in the city to get a good cake. Any suggestions?
A hot cake plus cold frosting means cake death: soggy and ugly. Meg Ray, founder and owner of San Francisco’s Miette patisserie and confiserie, explains what you’re doing wrong when you’re frosting a cake. Plus, more importantly, what you should be doing right: using good tools, keeping the components at the right temperature, giving it a crumb layer, and more. Here's CHOW's basic yellow cake recipe to try out your new frosting skills on.