Monday, June 11, 2012

Cake Wreck!!!

Hello everyone...

So this past weekend, I had a cake order for a rainbow birthday cake to help celebrate a little girl's 1st birthday. Everything that could go wrong with this cake, did go wrong with this cake. Fortunately for me, the customer was extremely gracious and understanding. I forgot to take a picture of the actual birthday cake {See, everything that can go wrong did go wrong! LOL} so I don't have anything of substance to show you, BUT...I can show you my 1st attempt at this cake and share with you the recipe! Even though it is a wreck, it is very tastey and I used the same recipe for round 2, so I'm sure it can be of use to at
least one person out here in cyber space!

Hope you get a laugh at my expense!

Vanilla Rainbow Layer Cake
{Adapted from Sweetopia birthday cake recipe}
Makes 6-9" thin layers or 3 thick layers

1.5 c. Whole Milk at Room Temp
7 Egg Whites at Room Temp
1 Large Egg at Room Temp
1 Tlbs Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp. Almond Extract
2-1/4 c. Sugar

3-3/4 c. All Purpose Flour {or 4 c. Cake Flour}
1-3/4 Tlbs Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1-1/2 c. Butter at Room Temp
6 Tlbs Shortening

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare pans {I use parchment paper and baking spray to grease pans}.
2. Combine 1/2 c. Milk, Extracts, Egg Whites & Egg in a medium bowl and set aside.
3. Fluff flour in stand mixer using paddle attachment for 30 sec. Add remaining dry ingredients to include sugar. Mix for 30 seconds. Add butter & Shortening. Mix for 60 sec.
4. Slowly add remaining 1 cup of milk and mix until moist {About 30 sec.}
5. Add milk mixture in batches of 3 and mix for 3 sec. {Scrap sides of bowl after each addition}
6. Pour 2 cups of batter into pan and bake for 20 min. If more time is needed, bake 2 min. longer.

Vanilla Birthday Cake Whipped Frosting
Yields 3 cups
5 Sticks of Salted Butter
5 c. Powder Sugar, more if needed
4-1/2 Tlb. Heavy Cream
1-1/2 Tlb. Vanilla Extract

1. Cream butter in a stand mixer for 8 minutes (will turn white)
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low for 30 sec. Increase speed and mix for 6 minutes.
3. Frost the layers and cake, chill in fridge for 30 min. and frost again. Decorate with remaining frosting!

*Notes* If baking a rainbow cake, pour 1 cup of batter into 6 different bowls and mix with desired food coloring. Then pour colored batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 12 min. Allow to cool completely before layering and frosting.

**You can also skip a couple steps and just do 2 colors per layer, just be sure that each color uses 1 cup of batter...
Until Next time...


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