40th Birthday Cake

November 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

Awhile back one of my friends asked me if I would make her 40th birthday cake.  I jumped at the chance and was so excited for the opportunity.  For weeks I had ideas running through my head and couldn’t wait to get started.  The birthday girl only had one request for her cake which was that she wanted a salted caramel buttercream frosting.  Other than that, she told me to have fun and do whatever I wanted.  Since it was my first two-tier cake, I wanted to do something simple and not go too crazy.  I decided to do a yellow butter cake with the salted caramel buttercream as the first tier and a chocolate chocolate chip cake with a vanilla buttercream as the top-tier.

The yellow butter cake is something I’ve made many times and its one of my favorite cakes.  I found both the chocolate chocolate chip cake and the salted caramel buttercream on my friend Kat’s blog.  Her cakes are beautiful and always taste amazing, so I knew I could trust her recipes!

In the week leading up to my friend’s birthday party on Friday, I had different tasks for myself.  Tuesday night was devoted to baking the yellow butter cake.  Wednesday was for baking the chocolate chocolate chip cake and making the fondant.  The fondant needed to sit for at least 6 hours before it was ready, so I decided to make it Wednesday and let it sit overnight.  Thursday night was the most stressful since I had to make both frostings, assemble and decorate the cake.  I started working on it around 6 p.m. and wasn’t done until around 11:30.  I ran into a few problems, but nothing I couldn’t handle.  One problem I ran into was that I realized one batch of the salted caramel buttercream was not enough.  I ran out just by filling the layers when stacking the cake.  Luckily I had enough ingredients to make another batch and it worked out fine.

I created a new Recipes page on my blog, so go check that out for the cake and buttercream recipes!  I also made a batch of fondant for this cake which I had never done before.  I used Michele Foster‘s recipe for Fondant and it turned out great!

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