My First (Real) Cake

November 5th, 2012

I’ve made many cakes the easy way—baked, frosted, and served right from the pan. I figured it was time I tried to make a real out-of-the-pan, multi-layered, decorated cake. So, I made Daniel a birthday cake over the weekend. It’s certainly not perfect, but I love how it turned out. Imperfections just make cakes charmingly rustic, right?

simple decorated cake

simple decorated cake

simple decorated cake

simple decorated cake

I went with white cake and buttercream frosting. Here’s the cake recipe I used, and here’s the frosting recipe. Delicious! Daniel isn’t a dessert person, but he even asked for seconds. The cake was so fluffy and moist, I’ll definitely be making that recipe again. The frosting was great too, but I couldn’t fully enjoy it knowing how many sticks of butter it contained!


  1. Wow! This came out great! I love the frosting design.

  2. The cake really is lovely. The way you did the frosting on top is simple but so sweet.

  3. How pretty! I love the swirls at the top! Happy Birthday to Daniel! =)

  4. Kp

    your enjoying the frosting comment rings all too true! that’s why I try to make the mister do the cooking – ignorance is bliss. :)

  5. Dawn

    Yum! It really looks great!

  6. Goodness, girl! Your first cake looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL, and you did a great job on the frosting! Kudos for a job well done!

  7. So beautiful! I can’t believe this is only your first attempt, it looks absolutely delicious.

  8. Ooh, do I spy the beehive cake stand from West Elm? I have it on my Christmas wishlist so I, too, can make a proper cake. Yours is lovely, by the way!

  9. April

    The icing job is fantastic! Great job, I’m drooling now :P

  10. Joy

    I love your cake! it’s so beautiful!

  11. That’s really pretty. I’m so going to steal your design!

  12. I’m impressed, what a lovely cake!
    Also, the instagram picture of your dog on the sofa next to a guitar is so adorable. He looks like a fluffy pillow!

  13. You mean cakes don’t have to come out of a box?? lol! That’s about the only kind of baking I do, but your cake is so pretty that now I want to try making one from scratch too!

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      Haha, well I did technically use a box mix for the cake! I just added a bunch of extra stuff too. It’s a good balance between from scratch and from box. ;)

  14. homemade cakes are the best cakes! imperfections make it the real-deal…and you did such a beautiful job!

  15. Shawn

    This cake not only looked fantastic but it tasted scrumptious! Yep, I got to have some. :D

  16. Beautiful frosting! I know what you mean about not being able to enjoy cakes as much when you see how much butter (and sugar!) goes into them…

  17. Looks SUPER delicious! I always try to forget about the ingredients when it comes to dessert. You just have to enjoy it! :)

  18. Thank you so much. Your beautiful cake inspired me to try my hand at this recipe, it turned out wonderful. And you weren’t kidding about the butter!

    Love, love your blog

  19. I think it’s gorgeous. nice job – i think the white was a good choice too!

  20. Well done! It looks marvelous. Mmmmm I’m craving cake now ;)

    -Michelle {LiveLoudly}
    Health Coach

  21. I think it’s absolutely beautiful! just found your blog and i love it :)


  22. Annie

    This cake looks gorgeous! What size pans did you use? and did you use 2?

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