My best friend turns ** on Wednesday and so, of course, I made her a birthday cake. (The number has been concealed since we’re old as shit.) I stealthily found out her favorite cake (by asking, uh, hey, whats your favorite cake?) and thought about how exactly to go about making it for weeks.
She wanted a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. Totally plain, but seriously delicious. I bought a french vanilla cake mix (on sale! boom!) and I made a filling for between the layers out of instant pudding and then decorated it with royal icing flowers. I seriously panicked about the decorations because my original thought was to make her Futurama-themed cupcakes but I had to change my idea when she said she wanted girly rainbow sprinkles to make the cake all precious and adorable, like she is. So I mixed it up and wanted to make it as girly as I could – a cameo, flowers, pink, putting-a-bird-on-it, etc… so here is how it turned out!
Duncan Hines French Vanilla – prepared according to directions.
Instant vanilla pudding mix prepared as the ‘pie’ filling on the back of the box
For the cake:
1 stick butter
4oz cream cheese
1/4 cup dry vanilla instant pudding
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tsp water to thin icing
For the flowers and cameos I used royal icing – the recipe is here : http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Royal-Icing and I just dyed it using some neon and regular food coloring.
Here are some close ups of the decorations!
I made some roses and purple pansies. I thought they were cute. I mostly just wanted to play with my petal tip. (hur hur hur)
The roses turned out really cute! The icing I made was thinned out too much so the roses kind of melted a little bit. It created this weird and really pretty melty type texture.
Also, these pictures have been instagram’d like crazy. I can’t stop pretending I am into photography and photo-editing them.
I’m pretty proud of this cake. Its my third ‘real’ cake and not cupcakes so I’m really happy with how it turned out. I skipped a lot of steps – like making sure the icing has been smoothed and not all wrinkley. But thats mostly because I didn’t have the time to let it set. I mis-calculated how long an entire cake would take me and ran out of time to make it to the party. So it is what it is, and I think it was pretty nice.