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!