Friday, November 25, 2011

Andrew's 3rd Birthday Cake

For the cake, I just used regular white cake mix (2 boxes). I divided the batter as evenly between 4 bowls, coloring the darkest layer first and working from that color as a guide. I used Americolor gels in royal blue. Add the batter to prepared cake pans (greased and floured). I baked the batches 2 at a time. Bake and fully cool the cakes.

For the frosting, I just used regular white frosting from a can (3 cans).

Layer the cakes, darkest on the bottom, frost with a very thin layer of frosting between each layer. Frost the outside of the cake with a thin layer of frosting. Smooth as well as you can with an offset spatula, but it doesn't need to be perfect because this is just the crumb layer. Place the entire cake in the freezer about 10 minutes for the icing to set, this makes it much easier to decorate.

Prepare a piping bag with a #21 Wilton tip (a moderate sized open star) and fill with frosting. Remove cake from freezer and start along the bottom of the cake, creating rows of swirls. For each swirl, start in the center of the "rose" shape and pipe in a spiral around the center. Continue along the bottom and top of the cake, creating rose-like swirls.

This was my first adventure in "decorating" a cake. No bad for a first try...can only improve from here right?!?

Inspiration from: Glorious Treats
Check her site for her cake...she even did different shades of color for the frosting...I was not that adventuresome for my first attempt :)


Amanda said...

Hi, I found your cake through your comment on the original cake page, and I was just wondering, did you cut off the tops to level the cakes before stacking? Why is the undyed layer so much taller? I've never made a layer cake quite so high before so I want to make sure I understand! :)

Laura Roth said...

Hi Amanda, I did cut off the tops to level the cakes on the 3 bottom cakes. The undyed layer is taller b/c I did not cut it. Plus I did not measure the 4 different batters before pouring into the cake pans...I just eye-balled it...another reason the layers look like different heights :) I hope this helps! I'd love to see your cake after you attempt it.

Amanda said...

Thank you! I kinda figured that, but I didn't want to make any assumptions. I don't want to do a practice cake (I won't even begin with the monstrous unicorn cake I made TWICE for my daughter's 4th birthday), so I want to get it right the first time!! I'll post pics when I'm done with the ombre cake and point you to them. :)

Amanda said...

I don't have a shot of the inside yet, but can you see this photo (I pulled it from my FB page)?

Laura Roth said...

That's awesome! Great job! I bet your little girl loved it!

Amanda said...

We actually didn't eat it until today (her birthday party was this morning), but it was definitely a hit! It was almost a disaster, the top 4 layers started to slide off the bottom layer when we were driving it to the party. I almost lost the whole thing! But, it was rescued and turned out fine. Thanks for your help! Here's how the inside turned out.