Good news everyone, yesterday was my birthday, YAY!!!! I wanted to make myself a cake that would be fun, but still pretty. So I decided to make a cake with taro powder and do a really fancy job with the icing. I saw the technique featured here at Project Wedding by i am baker, whose original post about it is here. Lovely, yes? The flowers look complicated, but they’re actually really easy to do. In fact, this is my first post including an instructional video. It’s a short clip that just shows how it’s done. I’ll also describe it in the recipe.
What is taro, you say? I will tell you. Taro is a root that is light purple inside and is used in sweets in asian food. (EDIT: I have also been informed that it is used in savory foods too, especially curries. Yum!) I first had it as a flavoring for a boba tea I ordered in Korea town. It tastes the way cocoa butter smells, but sweeter. I love the flavor. I ordered taro root powder online from Nuts Online. The powder doesn’t look that appetizing in the picture, but when it’s blended into liquids and batters it turns this great lavender color and smells amazing. Well, enough description, it’s time for the cake!