Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sunflower Peeps Easter Cake

So this is my attempt at making a cake from scratch and then decorating it to look like a sunflower.

Marshmallow Peeps (yellow)
Chocolate Chips

Yellow Cake Recipe:
  • ·      2 cups *cake flour*
  • ·      2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ·      ½ teaspoon salt
  • ·      ½ cup butter, softened
  • ·      1 cup of sugar
  • ·      3 large eggs, room temperature
  • ·      2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • ·      ¾ cups of milk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 9-inch cake pans. (i didn't have round pans so i made them square and then cut the cake, which is why i added the green peeps)

In bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt with a wire whisk.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Add vanilla and mix until completely combines.
Slowly add flour alternately with milk.
At end of addition batter should be smooth.
Divide between 2 pans.

Bake Yellow Cake Recipe for 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool 5 minutes in pan, then invert onto a rack and cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting Recipe:
  • ·      ½ cup shortening
  • ·      ½ cup butter, softened
  • ·      1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ·      4 cups confectioner sugar
  • ·      1 cup cocoa powder
  • ·      3-4 tablespoons of milk (I added more until i felt the consistency was right)

*Cake Flour* Recipe:
If you’re like me you probably do not have cake flour on hand, so I used this simple recipe.
  • ·      2 tablespoons of corn starch
  • ·      Less than a cup of all-purpose flour

Take 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and place it in a 1 cup measuring cup and fill the rest to with all-purpose flour to equal a cup of cake flour


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