I LOVE BIRTHDAYS. Really I love any excuse to eat good food, drink good beer, and bake delicious treats. But birthdays are so fun. I love making people feel special with cake, cupcakes, presents, food, drinks, wishes, candles, sprinkles….I could go on.
A couple years ago, I made Andie a birthday cake and I overfilled the cake tins so chocolate cake overflowed all over the oven during the baking process. Then I had to basically saw each layer into a flat round shape since they puffed up like giant cupcakes while baking. THEN, I was so anxious to frost the cake after I made the homemade butter cream frosting (main ingredient, butter…aka highly susceptible to melting) that I frosted it while the cakes were still kind of warm. Melty, buttery, slippery frosting between each layer resulted in me juggling the frosting knife and three layers of chocolate cake for about 20 min until I could finally get them to stay put. It wasn’t the prettiest cake ever. I decided to make it my goal to be able to bake a better cake. Life skills right there. I have a long way to go, but this one turned out a lot better than the epic slip n’ slide cake of ’13.
My friend Kelly and I spent Friday night baking this ombre cake, and also a funfetti cookie cake!
I found both recipes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. The cake honestly turned out to be probably the best cake I’ve ever made. Our friend Michael took a bite of it on Saturday and asked when he could wife me up. That’s a pretty good reaction right there 🙂 I decided to put my own spin on Sally’s funfetti layer cake and color the batter to be a pink ombre. To do this, I just put a bit of the batter in three different bowls and used varying drops of pink dye.
How cute are these tiny little 4″ cake pans I got from amazon?? Obsessed. No one ever eats all that giant birthday cake and this turned out to be a perfect sized cake for us.
After cake time, it was trolley time. The weather was perrrrrfect. Which was lucky because apparently this is the rainiest June on record. Boo. BUT, on the plus side, three of my high school friends made it on the trolley, one all the way from St. Louis! We basically danced and yelled the words to Fight Song (by Rachel Platten) and Watch me (Whip/Nae Nae) all day.
Perhaps we could make this an ombre red, white and blue cake for 4th of July?! I think it would be pretty darn cute if you did!