The time came to cut the completely cooled layers in half in order to ice and "nut" the exterior. The cakes were quite resistant to my usual "pull-a-thread" method of layering. This resulted in a few "whoops"....which were totally ignored since I decided the best thing to say after a chunk of cake is dislodged is to say to oneself...."don't worry this is only for us...just pat it back together". Surely the second round of thread bisecting would work. WHOOPS! O.K. "don't even think about this, you are not serving it to guests, just pat it back together".
I think I need to mention right here and now, that I do consider myself a good cook and an excellent baker...well, I did ...used to.
Carrying on. The layers get equal billing with the icing, which I am now wondering...."Was it all the beating? Did I forget to add the total amount of icing sugar? Perhaps it will set up?" The icing is not quite as thick as my regular carrot cake confection.
The nuts. I was lazy and didn't chop them further than what they were in the package. Clever idea. Hold the cake over a large bowl and when you apply handfuls of nuts to the edges, the ones that don't stick will fall back into the bowl and you can scoop them out and reapply. Perfect. The 4 layers of iced cake on the plate are slightly heavy. The "Whoops' are now literally sliding in opposite directions to each other requiring one to not only "NUT encrust" the thing, but balance precariously over the nut bowl. At this point The Professor enters the kitchen and helpfully holds the cake whilst I administer as much of the walnut crumb as possible. He has to leave rather abruptly (probably to avoid wetting his pants) as we are now hysterically trying to keep the entire shebang on the plate. In a fit of pique, I throw the rest of the damn crumbs on the top of the cake, miss, and they end up on what is now known as the "high side". Voila. This is what it looks like!!!
It got slung immediately into the fridge in order to firm up the butter/cream cheese/icing molten slide. That worked, but didn't help the overall appearance. As noted in a previous post, below is what I was aiming for. Not QUITE. Not even the inside looked as orderly. Must have been those pesky Whoopsy Crumbs! It did set up. It definitely tasted better the next day....one of those cakes that is best made ahead. I quickly portioned it out and froze several pieces for a day when a nutty concoction would be appreciated.