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!

24 Comments

  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. this sounds so good!!

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

  9. 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!

  10. April

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

  11. Joy

    I love your cake! it’s so beautiful!

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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. ;)

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

  16. Shawn

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

  17. 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…

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

  19. 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!

    http://fancifulchaos.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-real-peach-cake.html

    Love, love your blog

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

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

    -Michelle {LiveLoudly}
    Health Coach

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

    xo,
    kristyn

  23. Annie

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

 

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