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"Bananas" Cake

Decorated cakes are still not my strong suit. I don't make them with enough frequency to really feel practiced at them. I think the same is true of shooting them, although admittedly I never make these when I have enough time to think about how to light them well.

 

So, while this cake was plenty tasty, my obsessive nature won't let me get past the little holes in the base frosting (which I suspect might have resulted from too much air being beaten into it), nor past the excessive sheen from the lighting (which, truth be told, also feels a bit flat to me.) Regardless, this was the fanciest of the desserts I baked for the annual Easter gathering at my house today, a "Bananas" cake from Lewis and Poliatio's Baked Elements. Three layers of banana cake, with peanut butter filling, milk chocolate ganache frosting, and a dark chocolate glaze. Delicious, regardless of my nitpicky assessment of its decoration.

 

The obvious solution to my dilemma, of course, is a bout of intensive cake baking (a.k.a. "practice"), but I don't think my waistline will stand for it.

 

Nikon D7000 w/Nikkor 18-300mm @ 78mm, 1/250s @ ƒ/8, ISO100. Two SB-700 strobes (I didn't note settings), through an octabox on the left and a white umbrella on the right.

 

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Taken on March 31, 2013