I laugh out loud every time I hear something is the new cupcake (cake pops, whoopie pies, etc.). I don't think anything will ever replace cupcakes. However, I'm not above suggesting my own creation could be a contender in the single-serving dessert industry; I call them puck cakes. They're basically a wedding cake for one. If someone who runs a trendy bakery somewhere would like to bring me on board to spend all day every day making puck cakes, I'm game. New York or San Francisco location preferred. Here's my process:
Remember how to level cakes? Take those crowns and punch out three circles (or any shape, really) with a cookie cutter.
Slap on a healthy smear of frosting with an offset spatula…
…and start stacking them up. I wouldn't advise going higher than three layers; they'll cease to be "pucks."
Wilton Method Course 1, which is offered at Michael's stores everywhere.
Believe it or not, I'm out the door to take a class right now: Flowers and Cake Design (also at Michael's). Of course I'll report how it goes!