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Friday, October 24, 2014

HOLIDAY Cake

NO you are NOTseeing things....this cake really is RED, WHITE and BLUE and I realize that it IS AFTER July 4th....we made this cake for Independance day, therefore I couldn't blog about it then because the holiday was OVER... BUT with Halloween coming up I thought it would be adorable to do orange and black OR my favorite halloween colors....PURPLE and GREEN....and besides this cake looking absolutely COOL (my daughter made it...isn't it fabulous?!)...it tasted heavenly. It was moist and rich and delicious...just like I like my cake! REMEMBER...you don't have to use "red and blue" to color it with, you can use ANY COLORS YOU CHOOSE (red and green for Christmas would be cute too...options are ENDLESS)!

HOLIDAY Cake
1 boxed white cake mix
4 egg WHITES
2/3 c. melted butter
1 1/4 c. milk
2 t. vanilla

Mix all ingredient together. Divide batter into 3 separate bowls. LEAVE one bowl of BATTER WHITE, dye the other 2 whatever colors you choose. Grease and flour 2- 8" round cake pans. Layer the batter by dropping spoonfuls of the different colors into the pans. (I liked to actually divide my 3 batter colors in half, so I know how much goes into each pan). For the marble effect, drag a knife through the batter making lines in a side to side motion...going up and down. Bake at 350 degrees for EXACTLY 25 minutes. Cool cake completely before frosting. 

Buttercream Frosting
3 sticks of butter at room temperature
4 1/2 c. powdered sugar
3 T. heavy cream
1 1/2 t. vanilla

Place room temperature butter in a mixing bowl. With electric beaters, whip butter for 7-8 minutes OR until it is nearly white in color and VERY fluffy. You will need to scrape the bowl often so that all the butter continues to be whipped. Add powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla. Mix on low until combined, then increase the speed and whip for another 6 minutes until frosting is fluffy. Spread onto cooled cake. 

IF you WANT to make the sprinkles that are on top of the cake do the following:

Place 1 Tablespoon sugar along with 3 drops of food coloring, into a small ziplock bag. Squish the bag with your fingers until the color is mixed into your sugar. Lay colored sugar onto a paper plate and let dry for 10 minutes. Draw desired design on top of your frosted cake with a toothpick, place sprinkles on top of lines...wahala....you have a COOL HOLIDAY CAKE! 

Julie~




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