Things you'll needIngredients
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Buttercream frosting (tinted blue)
- Royal icing (thick)
- Blue candles
- Food coloring: pink, purple, blue
- Fondant: pink, blue, purple, green and yellow
- Three 6-inch round cake pans (Ro Baking Line by Wilton)
- Mini cookie cutter or small straw
- Blue plate (optional)
Let's get started!
- Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease three 6-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Beat in the vanilla and almond extract.
- On low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
- Divide the batter into three and color two of it in dark purple and the remaining one in pink.
- Pour the batter into the pans and bake until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.
- Let cool in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Level off the tops with a cake leveler or a large serrate knife to create three 1-inch-tall layers.
Time to decorate!
- Stack the cakes starting with a purple layer and adding a thin layer of blue frosting. Place the pink cake layer on top followed by another layer of frosting and the last purple layer.
- Cover the cake completely with blue frosting and smooth with an offset spatula.
- For the dots, roll out the pink, blue, purple, green and yellow fondant. Take your cookie cutter or small straw to cut little circles and let them air dry until they harden.
- Place a bit of frosting on the small dots and attach all over the cake.
- Put your thick royal icing in a piping bag and drizzle around the top edges of the cake as well as the bottom.
- Take your pink "1" candle and stick it in the middle of the cake.
- For the blue candles, wrap a small thin strip of pink fondant around it and place on top of the cake.
Written By Rosanna Pansino