Video: Rose’s Colorful Princess Cake

Rose’s Colorful Princess Cake: For the Cake: You’ll need 2x the recipe below.  Dye each batch a different color.  Rose chose fuchsia and orange. Shannon’s Confetti Birthday Cake Makes one 8-inch round and one 6-inch round. Ingredients: 3 cups cake flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 eggs, separated 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp (softened) 2 cups sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup whole milk Desired shade of gel food coloring (approx. 2 tablespoons for vibrant color). 5 tablespoons of confetti sprinkles. Procedure: Prepare 1 8-in round cake pan and 1 6-in round cake pan […]

Classic American Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing

If you’ve never made a cake from scratch before, this recipe is a good one to get you started. I can’t claim to have a favorite cake, like I can’t claim to have a favorite child.  But….this one’s in my top 5… The chocolate icing has just a bite of bitterness to it and it pairs so nicely with the spongey vanilla cake. You can see from the photo above that more goes into a from-scratch cake than the “oil, eggs, water”, that you add to a boxed mix. It takes a little more time and just a smidge of skill to make […]

An Old-Fashioned Cakewalk Cake for My Son

My fifth child is in first grade already!  I can’t believe it.  It seems like only yesterday that he was bounding all over the house in a diaper and a ninja costume. Every year my kids’ elementary school has an old-fashioned “fall festival”.  Think Pollyanna and the bazaar.  Really neat stuff. My son was so excited that his first grade class was in charge of the cakewalk.  He knows cake is “my thing” and he could not wait to see what I would come up with.  . I didn’t want to disappoint him with something below my skill level (believe me…he was watching), […]

Banana Butter Rum Cake

It all started with seven overripe bananas and more rum than should be legal before noon. And it ended with this really delicious cake. But let’s start from the beginning. Hello. Nemesis. Oh, how I hate bananas.  Always speed-ripening.  Never the same from day to day.  Like avocados, but SO NOT avocados. And the pressure.  The pressure to make something out of these dang things when no one will eat them anymore. I will only eat bananas when I absolutely have to.  Like when I’m pregnant, living in a hot climate and in need of potassium.  I do like bananas when they are […]