Yesterday was my son's eighth birthday , I wonder how time had gone by so fast !
Eight years ago -or let's say 9- I used to be a full-time doctor and that's it. Had all the time to spend with family and friends . sometimes I do miss those times .
Anyway , back to this cake , first of all it might be time consuming but it TOTALLY worth it.
the most important thing of all that it really no-fail and YES it is easy and you will have this professional look in the end even if it is -like me- the first time for you to make a birthday cake.
so, let's get baking!
Classic White Cake
adapted from Diamondsfordessert
1 cup milk, room temperature
6 egg whites
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
pink, blue, yellow gel food coloring
Preheat oven to 180°c. Spray three 8-inch diameter round cake pans with nonstick spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside for the moment. Mix the milk, egg whites, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Rub/cut in the butter until the mixture looks like wet sand. Add 1/2 the milk mixture and stir. Then add the second half of the milk mixture and stir.
Divide the cake batter into 3 bowls (about 1 1/2 cups batter per bowl). Add 2 drops pink food coloring to one bowl, add 2 drops yellow food coloring to another bowl, and add 2 drops blue food coloring to the last bowl.
Pour the three cake batters into the three previously prepared cake pans. Place the pans in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cakes cool in the pans about 10 minutes, then flip the cakes onto cooling racks and let totally cool to room temperature.
Easy Vanilla Frosting
adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book
1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) butter, room temperature
3-4 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
green food coloring
Cream the butter. Mix in 3 cups of powdered sugar. Add the milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Then if necessary, mix in more powdered sugar, adding it 1/4 cup at a time until you reach desired consistency. Now frost your cake as indicated in instructions below.
After the cake layers are stacked and the crumb coat is done, tint the remaining frosting with green food coloring and use that for the final layer of frosting.
Frosting the Cake
pink, blue, yellow cake layers
white and green vanilla frosting
Place a blue layer down on a cake board (or like me, use a cardboard circle, cut out from a cereal box, and cover it in foil). Add a dollop of vanilla frosting.and smooth it.
and so on till you finish .
Cover the whole cake with a thin layer of frosting for the crumb coat. Refrigerate cake 15 minutes for the crumb coat to harden. Then frost the outside of the cake with the green frosting.
don't let the frosting dry out , quickly stick your kitkat bars and add your M&Ms ... Enjoy !