The scallop design turned out fairly well for my first go at it. The cake itself was good, but a little dry. And the bourbon buttercream was subtle, so even my mom (a non-bourbon drinker) liked it.
I wasn't too crazy about the consistency of the margarine-cream frosting...but I'm a butter purist when it comes to cake baking, and I'm glad I tried it and I know it can be done.
I also made a batch of this caramel sauce (wet method) and these candied pecans (minus the cayenne) to accompany the cake. And both came in very handy as waffle toppers the following morning!
My dad blowing out his candles.
The finished product.
It was a fun cake to make, since it was the first cake I've ever made for my dad's birthday. And I'll definitely be trying out that scallop design again in the future...it was so easy and a nice way to cover up imperfections on the sides of the cake.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Happy Friday!