Sunday, June 23, 2013
Classic Yellow Vanilla Birthday Cake with Vanilla Frosting
If you make this recipe combination, you should consider making more frosting--maybe two batches for each 1 cake recipe. If you are making this cake recipe, you should consider separating it into 3 9-inch cake pans and make 3 layers because these layers nearly overflowed. If you are making cupcakes have another pan ready because this cake recipe makes 24 cupcakes + 16 minis with a little overflow!
I made Smitten Kitchen's Yellow Cake recipe. The only thing I changed was that I used 1/2 C milk in place of 1/2 C of the buttermilk in the cupcakes because I ran out of buttermilk. I loved how she noted that the batter would look curdled at one point because it sure did and that's not what you expect of cake batter! This batter is so thick, much thicker than box mix cake batter. Again, this made more cake than I expected and I think if you wanted thinner, flatter layers you could easily separate this among three cake pans. This also made more than 24 cupcakes. This batter continued to overflow in every place even though I didn't feel like I was over-filling anything. FYI cupcakes take about 20 minutes to bake. Mini cupcakes take about 5-9.
Here's her cake recipe
For the frosting, I looked at 6 different recipes, one used simple syrup and egg whites. In the end though, due to lack of time to try something new, I used The Food Network's simple vanilla frosting. This is pretty much the first time I've successfully made frosting. You know what the trick is? Letting the mixer do all the work for ALL the minutes. This recipe takes like 5 minutes total to make but the key is to actually let it mix for 3 whole minutes. It transforms the butter and sugar! It was amazing. And, shocker of shockers it tasted good too.
Here's the frosting recipe.
I also made this frosting 3 shades of purple and then pink and teal. I used gel food coloring. Gel food coloring is pretty easy to use and it makes these great vibrant colors. With gel food coloring definitely start with a little and add later. To pipe two different colors of frosting, put one color on one side of the bag and one color on the other side of the bag and it makes a swirl. To frost your cake in ombre style which we attempted, watch Sweetapolita do it and then try really hard to match it...it helps if it is not 80+ degrees and you have a turntable and maybe you already did a crumb coat. We had neither but it still looked nice until it started melting. As you can see we topped our cake with pinwheels made by Jenny.