becoming 27

Friday, December 18, 2015

 Birthday cakes are my absolute favorite to make.   I usually ask the children what flavor cake they would like and what color frosting.  The cake differs, but the icing is always the same.
 Then I make a stencil by hand and place it on top of the cake.   Pressing down slightly to keep clean lines.
 Pour the sprinkles slowly and slightly press down.  I absolutely love these gold crystals I found in our local grocery store.
Carefully remove the stencil.  Personalize it with some icing that was saved before it was tinted.  Pop in a few candles and S I N G!

Tessa is Steve's oldest daughter.  I giggled when Libby said that Tessa's was so much prettier than hers.  I said I couldn't even remember what color hers was.  She reminded me... brown.  Ha!  She requested Chocolate frosting.  ;)

Our favorite Butter Cream Frosting:

1 cup salted butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbls milk

Cream the butter until fluffy.  Add the powdered sugar and continue creaming until well blended.  Add the vanilla and milk and blend on low speed for 2 minutes.  (Add additional milk if needed by the teaspoons.)  Beat at high speed until the frosting is fluffy.

*It's the only time I ever buy salted butter and I always double this recipe.  I usually have some left over, but I found there is nothing worse than trying to ice a cake with a minimal amount of frosting.  For a chocolate frosting add 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 2 tsp of milk.

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  1. Lasting memories are baked into these creations. Xo

  2. What a pretty cake, and I love that you use salted butter in your frosting- I prefer salted butter for most things, actually.

  3. That even looks do-able and my cake decorating skills are limited. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Anonymous12/20/2015

    Thank you for your blog and photos and knitting inspiration. Merry Christmas and heartfelt wishes for a wonderful 2016 (and beyond) to you and yours.

  5. that is one beautiful cake! (i have that same plate and a dome that goes over it!)

  6. Anonymous12/23/2015

    sounds yummy. I have a January birthday - may need to bake a cake!

  7. I love the gold and pink combo!