I’m baaack!! To say I took a bit of a hiatus is an understatement. I’m doing some adjusting to how I blog so I don’t get burnt out and you guys don’t get overwhelmed. Recently I’d been focusing on sewing…heavily. However, I want to branch out and do some other crafting. After all, I started this blog because I wanted to share/document all of the fun things I do with my family. We’ve been so busy and I’ve had tooth pain that just made me so crabby, I felt like doing nada, bupkiss, zilch. You get the picture.
So, in honor of showing some love to a different craft, I’m back to baking. I promise I will try my best to only do a few baking posts and then move on to something else. With the sewing thing, I get so tired of printing, cutting, and prepping. The end result is usually worth it, but it is oh so time-consuming! At least with baking, I can typically start and finish in the same day. My first baking share is a fabulous cake I found at Beth Cakes. I only just realized how recent her post was. Hopefully, she’s not upset that I’m hot on her heels with a “copycat” already. Honestly, her pictures were perfection and the colors were so great, there was no need to change anything. I tried to put my own twist on the photo shoot, but alas, she used all of the quintessential cake shots.
Anywho, the post is very informative and if you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll know that I have never made a cake. This is my maiden voyage if you will, and I’m pretty happy with the results. That’s a pretty big deal for me, being the self-proclaimed perfectionist that I am. To get there, I spent the entire weekend (no joke!) searching stores and thrift shops for a teal/turquoise cake plate. Finding none, I settled on the one I used, for no other reason than it was inexpensive. I did manage to find forks in the same color, but I was so sad that I couldn’t find pretty ones. Next time, I’m planning ahead for some fun props to use in photos. Speaking of props, my oldest daughter was commissioned to make this board for me. I think she rose to the occasion.
There wasn’t much to say in addition to her post. My opinions/changes are just that, things that I preferred. Never having made a cake from scratch, I didn’t know what to expect as far as taste. I still don’t. But, I decided I wasn’t in love with this cake recipe and will find another for the next one I make. The frosting was delicious, though! I wanted to lick the bowl, but my waistline protested.
When I made the frosting, I automatically decided to increase the recipe because I’m a bit heavy-handed when it comes to icing anything. Turns out, it was a good call. I didn’t double it, instead, I did it @ 1.5…(I’m not entirely sure how to write or phrase it). What I used:
- 4 sticks (2 cups) of butter
- 3/4 cup dry white cake mix
- 3 Tbsp milk
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp rainbow jimmies
For the pink drips, I could NOT for the life of me, get mine as thick and vibrant as hers. I cooled the candy after it was melted, froze it for a bit, and still, it wouldn’t work the way I wanted. I’m thinking that I will try to use a little less heavy cream the next time. Also, the recipe calls for 1 package of pink candy melts, but no size is listed. I grabbed a 12 oz bag and just hoped it would work. It did 🙂
Now, I’ll get out of your hair and let you get to making your fabulous versions of this cake. As always, I’d love to see what you’ve made. It’s always great for inspiration and a pick-me-up. Pretty things always make me smile. Go bake your cake!