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