When I was kid my mom made my sister and I fabulous birthday cakes. Alligators, Holly Hobbies, guitars; the sky was the limit. Now I am happy to report that the tradition of killer cakes continues with my kids. So let us take a journey into the world of birthday cake and discover the true power this fabulous, frosted confection!
My daughter is 3. She likes to draw, run, sing, teach her dolls Spanish, and most importantly, she like likes Princesses. So my wife and I decided we should make her a Princess Castle cake for her birthday. I mean, why not? This is the first real cake I have ever attempted to make. Why not go big? And I had plenty of beer on hand to help me thru any potential rough spots!
Here is a short, but very sweet, list of the steps involved in out baking process.
I got my pans, white & chocolate cake mix, and ice cream cones together. Then I talked my wife into separating the eggs for me. That ensured there would be no shells in the white cake. Then I baked the heck outta that cake. The reason for the ice cream cones will become apparent later.
Step 2–Make frosting
After cleaning up the many stray batter drops it was time to do the real work, decorate that cake! If I were a princess (and many are the times where I’ve wished for a pink dress and glass shooz), I know I would want pink frosting and candy on my cake. And maybe some white frosting accents. So, for this you need over a pound of powered sugar, lots of softened butter, and some red food coloring. Luckily my wife made sure to take some butter out for me the night before so it could soften. Or we really would have been behind schedule.
Step 3–Frost that cake, decorate that cake
At first this was a lot harder than I realized. Crumbs were coming up everywhere and I was on the verge of tears. Okay, not tears really. But I was not happy with how things were going. Then my sister-in-law let me in on a little secret. Dip your frosting-spreading apparatus (knife, spatual, wooden plank, etc) into hot water and the frosting will cooperate a lot better. Well then, now I was off to the races, frosting like a champ!
I cut up my square cake, got out the toothpicks and built the tower. Frosting that tower had its challenges, but I managed. Next I cut out the pricess pictures I had printed out earlier and placed them on the cake. Frosting makes a great glue. Next I cut the bottom off the ice cream cone cupcakes and added the tops as turrets. Finally I added some candy/marshmallow decorations and some white frosting highlights. Bam!
Step 4–Eat cake
Well, now for the fun part, eating the cake. My daughter refered to the cake as ‘her birthday’, so I image that meant she was very happy with how it turned out. All tolled, about 4 hours went into creating the cake, no including concepting the idea and getting opinions on the idea from various ‘cake scholars’. So you could say that creating this cake went pretty quick. I just wonder what kind of zanyness we’ll be on the hook for next year!
Adults who eat too much cake may exhibit weird behavior. Like dressing up in princess clothes with the birthday girl.