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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Woodland Themed Cakes

Remember the 60th birthday cake I did for Danielle's mother in law? I got really feedback from Danielle and she even asked me to make cupcakes and a smash cake for her son's 1st birthday!

It's a lot less time consuming this time around since Danielle already got these super cute animal fondant toppers to put on top of the cake. The cupcakes consist of chocolate and vanilla cakes with chocolate  and vanilla American buttercream. I was thinking about making Swiss Meringue buttercream but thought the American buttercream might be more appropriate for a kid's party plus the frosting is easier to decorate with. The smash cake is in the shape of a tree stomp consist of vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. 

For the vanilla cake, I used the Flag Cake recipe from Ina Garten's, "Barefoot Contessa-Family Style" cookbook. It's not exactly a diet friendly cake consist of six eggs, sour cream, plenty of butter and sugar. The result is a wonderful tender butter cake great for cupcakes or use for stacked cakes. 

For the chocolate cake I just stick to my trusted Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" chocolate cake. For the frostings, I used Sweetapolita's vanilla American buttercream recipe. I used the same frosting recipe as the base for my chocolate frosting. Adding good quality melted dark chocolate to the vanilla frosting and adjusting the amount of milk to get to the right frosting consistency. 

Since I've been extremely busy with work this week, I didn't start baking until last night (6:30 PM). Took all night and I was finally done around 12:30 AM. Not bad for having to bake and decorate 48 cupcakes and a little stomp cake.

 Danielle picked up the cakes this morning and I hope they like the cakes since in the past she's only had my cakes frosted with Swiss Meringue buttercream. 

Used coconut flakes and sanding sugar to make it look
like snow. 

Super cute toppers!