My First (Real) Cake

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. Anke

    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!

  2. Erica

    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!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      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. ;)

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