Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rachel's 2nd Birthday Cake

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My baby girl turned 2!!  Wow - the last two years have flown by and I still think of her as my baby.  But now I know I have to admit she isn't a baby anymore.  You would have thought I would have figured that out when she started climbing to the top of stools and stairs, but it takes me awhile.

We had a small family party for her and it was a Minnie Mouse theme.  I made the cake!  The bottom tier was eight inch chocolate.  I used Bakerella's Chocolate Cake recipe.  The top tier was a six inch Lemon Cake recipe I have used before.  Both were delicious!

After I baked my cakes, I let them cool and then level them and stack them.  Both were filled with buttercream.  On the chocolate cake I mixed in mini chocolate chips with the buttercream.  It was so good - reminded me of cookie dough!

After I stack them I make sure they are level.  I have a special level I only use in the kitchen.  Cheap at Lowe's - I think it was three dollars.  And it has a magnet and I just keep it on my fridge! 


Then I crumb coat them with buttercream frosting.  I used a new recipe that I got from my neighbor, Brenda.  It is not as sweet as the buttercream I usually use and I really liked it.  I will put the recipe below.

I made marshmallow fondant which I dyed white and pink.  I used Americolor hot pink for the pink.  And I used a Chocolate Marshmallow Fondant recipe I found for the black.  It was super easy to get really black and it tasted yummy!  I used the black fondant for the ears.  I cut the ears out using circle cutters.  Then I "glued" Popsicle sticks to the back of them with Karo Syrup.  Then inserted them into the top of the cake. 



 I used the same bow tutorial that I have used before and made my bow. Attached polka dots to bow and cake.  Lastly I used tip #12 to pipe dots around the border of my cakes. 


Done!  It was a little stressful because we had bad storms here, so Friday night before her party when I should have been working on the cake I was in the basement hiding out.  But we were lucky and no tornadoes.  Better safe than sorry.  Her party was a hit and she loved her cake.  So I am happy! 






Nanny Burke's Buttercream (not sure where it came from!)
-1 1/2 cups of salted butter
-1/2 cup Crisco
-1lb confectioner sugar
-1tsp vanilla

1.  Cream the butter and Crisco together until smooth.
2.  Add vanilla and confectioners sugar and mix until combined.

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31 comments:

  1. Great job Susan!! Seeing everyones beautiful cakes makes me really miss cake decorating..and I feel like I should probably dedicate a post to showcase all my beautiful cakes..hmm maybe i will do just that! Happy birthday to your little girl!!!

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  2. That is an adorable cake, Good Job

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  3. great job! And what a great tip on the magnetic level!

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  4. Oh, I just love how this turned out, it's adorable!! :D

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  5. WOW - you are amazing! My kids would DIE for a cake like this for their birthdays!!! Wanna come over? ;)

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  6. I featured your Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies on this weeks famous linkz party!!! Come on over and grab a "I was featured button."

    -Heather
    @ www.made-famous-by.com

    PS
    I am LOVIN' this Minnie Mouse cake. My daughter would LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

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  7. Glad that you suffered no damage during the storm. Happy belated birthday to your daughter. This cake you made is sooo cute. I love the ears tucked behind that perfect fondant bow!

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  8. A MASTERPIECE! You should be so proud, this is quite a cake!

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  9. Oh what an adorable cake!!! You've done it perfectly & i loved the bright colour too!!!

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  10. I am envious of your talent! The cake looks beautiful. Thanks for linking up to the Scrumptious Sunday link party at Addicted to Recipes!

    I will be choosing three recipes this weekend and will be featuring them on my blog and Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AddictedToRecipes

    Will see you again soon! Thank you again!

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  11. Oh wow, that is just stunning. You are so talented. All I keep thinking is, wow, lol. Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week.

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  12. This is so cute, and it looks perfect, love the colors.
    Pat

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  13. Wow, that's amazing - you're very talented! Pinning so everyone can admire :)

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  14. Gorgeous! I want to take the Wilton decorating classes. I think we were hit by the same storms. We had golf ball size hail here that Friday in Nashville. Had over $10,000 in damage but we are all safe. That's all the matters. I would love for you to share at Toot Your Horn Tuesday tomorrow at www.debbiedoescreations.com Hope to see you there!

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  15. Cute! Looks great. I like to work with fondant, but havent for some time.

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  16. Have never worked with fondant. You did a wonderful job nice looking cake. You should be proud andi

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  17. This is an awesome looking cake. I have to tell you I am impressed that you use a level on yours. I always have eyeballed the ones I have made and then made up for the mistakes with extra frosting. Maybe I should invest in a level:-) Thank you so much for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

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  18. Holy cow, this is AMAZING!!! It looks so professional and beautiful and intricate and awesome. I love it! You can do my birthday cake anytime :)

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  19. This is amazing,great work :) Thank you for linking up to Creative Mondays :)

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  20. This is too cute...perfect for a Birthday.Thanks for sharing with Midweek Fiesta & hope to see you again....

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  21. This is so cute! My daughter would love this...thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  22. It is soooooooooo cute and adorable!
    I just love it, and I'd like this cake for my birthday! Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  23. Susan .. visiting from Trisha's ~ Congratulations on winning her giveaway!!! and Congratulations on your little darling's birthday!! Gorgeous cake. xo HHL

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  24. Congrats to you, Susan!! I'm visiting from Trisha's. You do such beautiful work!!!

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  25. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-8-turkey.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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  26. Thankyou I am doing my babys cake like that it a good idea loved it so im just having to copy it haha

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  27. hello, thanks a lot for this. I am just wondering as to whether there will be a substitute for Karo Syrup. Is it a must ingredient or just to add a flavour? Also should black coloring be Gel, not those liquid ones?

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