Spreading Some Cheers

And by cheers, I mean “Rah! Rah! Rah!” and “Go! Go! Go!”  :D  A couple friend of mine allowed me to make a cake (bless them!) for their daughter’s 7th birthday celebration.  Isabelle, the celebrant, wanted a cheerleading cake.  This is what I came up with…

It’s Vanilla Cake with buttercream filling and frosting (underneath the fondant, but you know that already. :D)  The colors I used were purple (Isabelle’s favorite), pale pink, neon pink and white.  The border at the bottom of the cake is buttercream.

You don’t have to point out to me that the pompoms resemble mops.  Hee hee. :P  It doesn’t matter, really, because the birthday girl didn’t seem to mind. :D

Holding the stars are floral wires.  I’ll use a heavier gauge of wire next time as the ones I used couldn’t carry the bigger stars.

I still don’t like the part where I have to cover the cake with fondant. :)  But I have to say that I love the actual decorating part: attaching the stars, piping the borders, etc.

I hope to make more fondant cakes in the days to come.  I have to.  And, I want to, sugar overload notwithstanding. ;)  Never mind, too, that it’s not the best acne treatment…not that I have, you know…

Following is the recipe for the Vanilla Cake, which I got from RecipeZaar.  Please note however that I used the Wilton recipe for buttercream. :)

INGREDIENTS:

Cake Batter

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups self rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Buttercream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter, very soft
8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

DIRECTIONS:
1.  Preheat oven to 350°.
2.  Grease and lightly flour three 9 inch round cake pans, then line the bottoms with waxed paper.
3.  In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
4.  Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
5.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
6.  Combine the flours and add in four parts, alternating with the milk and the vanilla extract, beating well after each addition.
7.  Divide batter among the cake pans.
8.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
9.  Let cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes.
10.  Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
11.  If you’re making cupcakes, line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.
12.  Spoon the batter into the cups about three-quarters full.
13.  Bake until the tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 to 22 minutes.
14.  Remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on a rack before icing.
15.  When cake has cooled, ice between the layers, then ice top and sides of cake.
16.  To make the icing – place the butter in a large mixing bowl.
17.  Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla.
18.  Beat until smooth and creamy.
19.  Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, until icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency (you may very well not need all of the sugar).
20.  If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly.
21.  Use and store icing at room temperature, as icing will set if chilled.
22.  Can store in an airtight container for up to three days.


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2 Responses to “Spreading Some Cheers”

  1. thia looks nice, the pom poms look nice I don t think they look like mops :) what do you use for the stars i that wire?
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  2. Gracie says:

    it just keeps getting better. way to go, Weng! :)

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