Friday, August 29, 2008

Must Bake Cakes

August through October is an ongoing birthday fest at the Miller's home. Everyone, except for Brighton, was born in those months (along with much of our extended family). So we've been busily preparing for each celebration, receiving cards in the mail, and fixing up hand-me-down bikes for the kids to call their own.

I've discovered it's not really a young child's cake unless they are a big part of making (and especially decorating) the cake. That means our Miller birthday cakes aren't usually beautiful or cutsie. Nope, the icing is usually thicker on one side and the top part of the cake gets mixed in with the icing. But there's a sense of ownership, with a lump of pride, when that yummy cake is placed on the table for all to see.

For Brighton's one or two month birthday, we found this lovely "moist white cake" recipe. Additionally, we found a yummy buttercreme icing recipe. Since they turned out so great, we'll keep them on file. I'll give them out at the bottom of this post for anyone feeling and urge to make a homemade cake any time soon. Anyway, I thought I'd do a fun post showing our baking process. Here we go...

We're getting started on our cake.

Or, shall I say, some of us are getting started.
(others are just dancing)

Next, we start mixing the wet ingredients.

Separately, we mix the dry ingredients.

Oh, our little dancing king decides to join us.

Okay, so our oven isn't exactly level.

We decide to make purple icing by mixing red and blue.

Brayla Jane begins icing the cake.
(Yes, it's more of a pink than purple.)

Fully iced.

Adding a few final touches.

At the end of the day, I look at my kitchen and audibly sigh. It's a MESS in here! At least birthday fest time is only once per year, right?

Here's the yummy recipe, if anyone wants to test it out:

Moist White Cake

2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/4 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 c. shortening

Mix shortening, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and milk. Then mix flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl. Then add dry ingredients to other mixture. Pour into a greased 9 X 12 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Buttercream Icing (we half this recipe and it's been plenty for one cake)

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
5 c. confectioners' sugar
1/4 c. and 1 tbsp. milk

Cream butter and shortening in large bowl with electric mixer. Add vanilla and salt. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time. Blend well. Add milk. Beat at high speed until light and fluffy.

2 ♥ thoughtful comments ♥:

Shannon said...

Happy Birthday(s) to You!
We have a similar problem in our house, three in May and one in June.
Our August baby was born yesterday and I made him a cake on Friday, decorated your post definately caught my eye! :)
I've been teaching mine how to decorate for could really buy a wilton cake book sometime when it's NOT a birthday and have a blast with some cake tips and icing. My kids love those "goo" cakes better than anything else! lol
Happy day to you, too...

Shay said...

Just thought I'd tell ya, I think the recipe for the icing is THE BEST! Ahhh, I was eating it out of the bowl!!! Braeley's cake turned out unevenly beautiful, just like Brayla's. Thanks for sharing! I love this website too. Go to it weekly!

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