I’ve been craving cake since over 2 months ago. Well, let’s be real. I’m always craving cake 🙂 Just a good old birthday cake. So when I saw this recipe on Pinterest by bakedbree.com I knew I had to make it! And, to make it romantic for Valentine’s Day, I piped roses on with buttercream frosting. Seriously, I love trying new baking/piping techniques. It is so fun. All the steps are in this post so you can try, too 🙂 So, come on! Time to bake a cake…
What you will need:
Two 9 inch (or 8 inch) round cake pans greased and floured
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
4 egg whites
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
For the buttercream frosting:
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 teaspoon lemon extract
Food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together egg whites and buttermilk. Set aside.
In a large bowl (or bowl of your electric mixer), mix together sugar and lemon zest. Add butter and beat until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add lemon juice. Beat in half of flour mixture and half of buttermilk mixture. Add the rest and beat until everything is incorporated. Gently fold in sprinkles.
Divide batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake for about 30 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes on a wire rack before inverting to cool completely.
To make buttercream:
Note: I ended up running out of buttercream! I couldn’t even decorate the sides of my cake. So I would double the recipe I provided if you plan on making roses. If you just frost your cake normally, you will have enough.
In a large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add lemon extract. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until you get the consistency you want. Beat in food coloring if using. Use separate bowls if wanting more than one color. Frost cake.
To make the two-tone roses, I used a plastic piping bag (make sure it is a big one), and a Wilton 1M tip. P.S.- Don’t tell anyone but I did not intentionally want to make them ombre. They just sort of turned out that way so I’m sorry, I can’t explain how I did that. I put the frosting in the bag wrong, but it worked out… I guess.
So, take your piping bag, fold down the sides, and put in the darkest color. Close the bag flat so the frosting sticks to the sides. Open the bag and put in your lighter color between the dark color. Pipe how you normally would. I know it is really confusing. I wish I could show you instead of type it. But this is what I got.
And… the accidental ombre…
Frost cake, slice and enjoy!