I finally checked the second “Summer To Do List” item off my list – bake a layer cake! I used to bake super involved cakes when I was younger, but found it difficult to find the time as I got older. I really enjoy the process… it’s therapeutic to me. So when I found my sister was coming into town to celebrate her birthday, I figured when better than now to break out my apron!?
After many debate about which direction to go in, I decided to create what I deemed a “princess cake.” Basically something your 6 year old self would get a kick out of – vanilla cake, sprinkles, pale pink butter cream frosting… the works!
I doubled this recipe and started with A LOT of eggs, A LOT of butter and A LOT of sugar. I got to stirring, whipping and baking and after a few hours had 3 relatively flat layers to work with (remember to use a large serrated knife or cake knife to slice off the top of the cake to get an even/flat surface when stacking layers). Another tip: use a small amount of frosting to ice your cake initially and let “dry” (as shown in the pictures above). Doing this keeps any crumbs from getting into your final frosting layer.
I only used a couple drops of red food coloring to achieve the pale pink color. I frosted the top and then finished with colored sprinkles. Next I frosted the edges with a spatula (my kitchen is not fully equipped yet!) and then piped around the edges (let’s be honest it was to hide any issues with the “seams”/edges).
I added a few colored candles and we were all set for happy birthday!
This is amazing!! Want to bake my wedding cake! Looks like fun 🙂
hahaha you are so sweet! a birthday cake is stressful enough… I’m going to have to put in some real baking time before I step up to wedding cakes 😉
Hahah true – eek, that’s something that can only be done once. No pressure or anything! 😉
i’m getting a mini panic attack thinking about it! hahaha that must be why wedding cakes are so pricy… no one else is up for the challenge!
You ay know this already, but if you get an old tea towel, cut it in strips, wet it, ring out excess water, and tie around the pan before baking, the cakes bake flat! I tried and and was scared the towel would catch on fire in the oven but it didn’t. I have had any heartbreaks cutting the tops off cakes!
How exciting! I has no idea… Definitely trying this next time! So excited for less work, and most importantly less mess! Thanks for the tip Hanna!
I hope it works as well for you as it has for me! It is excellent!!! I’ve destroyed many cakes with those fancy cake level things and this is cheap and works much better!