Today is a big day for my friend, Jen, as she celebrates a milestone birthday. Her grade-partners have prepared a surprise celebration, and I volunteered to bake the cake.
Since I wasn’t at the party, I don’t have any photos of the sliced cake (bummer). I will do my best, though, to describe it. I started with a Betty Crocker Super Moist white cake mix. To this, I added: 1 cup milk, 3 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 stick melted butter (a la Paula Deen). Mix it all together and bake in two 9-inch round cake pans for approx. 25 minutes (you know what a cooked cake looks like!)
The filling is Henry & Henry raspberry filling and it is wildly delicious. I purchased it at Ladybug Cake and Candy Supply, but if you don’t live anywhere near a shop like this, it is available online. I frosted it with Magnolia Vanilla Buttercream, but I substituted 1 tsp. almond extract for 1 tsp. of the vanilla (it calls for two). I love the taste and creamy texture of this classic buttercream. It’s easy to make, but the secret is to beat it (just beat it…)
Happy day, dear Jen! Hope you enjoyed your cake ;-)
Note: My addiction to disco dust continues. I may need a 12-step program.