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 :)