So I finally have pictures to show you of the munchkin’s birthday cake. I kept it low key because I really didn’t have an excuse to go over the top like we did last year. I mean I had all sorts of help when we did the pink ombre cake. Plus I had company to help eat it. This year no company for the party- so I kept this to a simple 2-layer 8″ round cake. A lot more manageable than what we have done in the past which was great because I really didn’t have the time, resources or desire to make this into a huge deal. Sometimes less is more and lately I have been going to that more & more.
Once I decided on the colors I knew what I would do for the cake. All the party decorations that I shared with you last week were all centered around the idea for the cake. I wanted it all to scream summer birthday party & I just love the tones in it all. Reminds me of rainbow sherbet. The blending of colors is so simple (a huge plus in my book) but still gives that girly feel- perfect for a girls birthday cake.
I used my FAVORITE Buttercream Frosting Recipe because it is just the perfect amount of sweet- without being over the top. I love it because it forms the perfect crust layer on the top while being ever so perfectly creamy on the inside. I love that it’s made with butter- no shortening. I used to make a meringue frosting that used margarine & shortening- both left a greasy film not only on my utensils & decorating supplies that was hard to get off- but also in my mouth. While the flavor was great- the fact that their was margarine & shortening in it always bothered me. So I LOVE this recipe for it’s lack of those two ingredients.
Buttercream Frosting Recipe
- 2 sticks salted butter - softened the salted helps cut the sweetness
- 8 cups 1- 2lb bag confectioners sugar (no sifting)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract if making pure white frosting- use the clear imitation vanilla to keep your frosting from turning off white
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup milk depending on how thick you want the frosting & how warm your room is
Cream softened butter in stand mixer with whip attachment until smooth.
Blend in vanilla.
Add 1/2 the confectioners sugar & most of the milk - stir slowly until moist- then whip until well combined.
Add remaining confectioners sugar & milk.
Beat on med-high about 3-4 minutes scraping sides of the bowl occasionally.
Texture will become very smooth.
Use immediately or store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks in refrigerator or 3 months in freezer.
I used one batch to fill, crumb coat, frost & decorate this 2-layer, 8″ round cake. I still have a little left in the fridge which would have been plenty for piping around the bottom or any other decorating if I had chosen to do so. This recipe is easily cut in half or doubled depending on your project.
This is so yummy. Seriously- it’s this frosting with my mom’s cake that makes me just swoon. I could have eaten this entire 8″ cake BY MYSELF. I don’t like to share cake. Don’t judge- I may have done it before- with a larger cake. (on my wedding day) Cake is my #1 weakness – especially this one.
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